The Tech N9ne endorsements from mainstream figures started in late 2010, when Lil Wayne confirmed in a prison interview his desire to work with The King of Underground Hip Hop. Whether the shout out started a chain reaction or simply opened up the door for Tech’s inevitable rise is anyone’s guess, but there’s no doubt that 2011 was a year in which the mainstream reached out to Tech N9ne from all different directions. From a groundbreaking album that shot to the tops of the Billboard pop charts, to numerous co-signs from major celebrities, to numerous appearances in magazine and television, 2011 marked the year that Tech N9ne was finally able to see what he had predicted all along: “The mainstream will go Tech.” Continue reading
A star fell. It fell from the heavens above and crashed into the Earth, only to be buried six feet under six feet. Over a period of time, the dirt could no longer hold the star and with even more time, the cosmos could not hold it either.
The best advice for ANY artist – whether it is music, movies, or written works – is to “Turn your pain into art.” If you have been following Tech N9ne over the years, you know all too well that he is the personification of this advice. We as his fans know about his mother (thanks to songs like “Low” and “Last Sad Song”), we know about his struggle to find a higher power in his life (thanks to songs like “Show Me A God” and “Hope For A Higher Power”), and we know how much he misses his best friend, Brian ‘B’zl’ Dennis. Continue reading
Touted as Tech N9ne’s darkest album, K.O.D. was released in 2009 after a series of personal struggles that left Tech in a very grim place in his life. Despite the sometimes morbid content of the album, fans regard K.O.D. as one of Tech’s best solo efforts.
The album featured a distinct sound as Tech N9ne sought to take his music into a grittier direction in order to inspire songs like “Demons” and “Killing You”. The anger and frustration inside Tech N9ne could be heard mere seconds into the album as “Show Me God” exploded out of K.O.D., giving listeners a taste of Tech’s personal vendetta with spiritual beliefs.
Exploring his killer instinct, Tech N9ne kept things tongue and cheek on the narrative “In The Trunk”. The track outlined Tech’s exploits as he kidnapped a young woman and kept her in the trunk of his car. Things progressively grew darker and more violent with “It Was An Accident” and “Pinnochio”. Still, one of K.O.D.‘s most shocking moments came with “Horns” featuring Prozak and King Gordy. The collaboration featured all three MCs pulling out some gruesome lyrics, but Prozak and Tech N9ne were no match for King Gordy’s controversial lyrics that included lines like:
”But hey I guess his Dad is just as mad,
God woulda never had a sissy for a son, Bet he’s regrettin’ that!”
The closing pieces of K.O.D. are made up of murder, cult like followings, and the all too real “The Martini” that finds Tech N9ne recalling events that took the lives of innocent people in his life. In the end, K.O.D. did measure up to be Tech N9ne’s darkest album. Drawing comparisons to Anghellic, most of K.O.D. was based in reality with a few imaginative encounters from the twisted mind of Tech N9ne. Like the cover of the album, Tech N9ne shrouded himself in darkness and took the crown of King.
-Victor Sandoval, Assistant Editor Strange Music
Follow Victor on Twitter: @VicMSandoval
Remember how the ‘Perfect Storm’ was the culmination of three separate storms that joined together to form the wrath of Poseidon? Well, that was just the calm before the REAL storm – the planets are aligned and the apocalypse that is Welcome to Strangeland drops November 8th, are you ready?
Now, this isn’t just another collaboration of twisted geniuses as you may be used to, no, Welcome to Strangeland is (almost) strictly Strange Music artists – the most demented family reunion since the Hewitts – your favorite cannibalistic family from Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Fans were treated earlier this month to two tastes of Welcome to Strangeland with “Beautiful Music” – featuring Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko and “The Noose” – featuring Tech N9ne and iMayday! – the later being a controversial (but brilliant) look at the topic of suicide from a soldier’s perspective.
One look at Tech N9ne and it’s easy to tell why people have labeled him weird for so many years. The Kansas City King has sold over 1.8 million albums independently, he’s toured the country for years, and has even won an MTV Woodie award, but it’s his rather peculiar appearance that has caught the attention of people everywhere. Like a warrior ready for battle, Tech N9ne’s traditional face paint has been a part of his image for well over a decade.
As Halloween now approaches, we’ve decided to compile Tech N9ne’s Top 10 face paint designs and give you a gallery of ideas to choose from!
With Halloween only a week away, Technicians everywhere are scrambling to find the perfect costume for this year’s festivities. For years, fans have shown their creativity and ingenuity by dressing as one of Tech N9ne’s many appearances throughout the years. Everything from his red spiked hair days to the more recent militant black combat boots look has received the Halloween treatment.
This year, we decided to make it easier and compile a quick guide to dressing like Tech N9ne with a few tips that run down three different looks from the King Of Darkness. Even at the last minute, these looks are sure to get you some strange attention on October 31st!
Tech N9ne – All 6′s And 7′s
Strange Music Red Logo Sticker – Customize the towel with this great Strange Music sticker.
Hollywood Make Up – Imitate Tech N9ne’s infamous 6′s and 7′s brands with some cool make up effects that will complete the look!
Tech N9ne – Stage Attire
Scrubs – Tech is known for wearing custom scrubs on tour, including the latest “6688846993″ scrubs on The Lost Cities Tour. Get the exact look with your own set of solid color scrubs. We recommend white, black, or red.
White Face Paint – It wouldn’t be a Tech N9ne costume without the Kansas City King’s notorious face paint. Create your own design or look to Tech’s past face paint designs for inspiration.
Strange Music/Tech N9ne Bracelets – Tech N9ne is often seen wearing similar bracelets, pick up your own for an all out Tech N9ne stage costume and blow them all way.
Tech N9ne – The BET Cypher King
Strange Music Tie – Of course, Tech knew the perfect accessory to the shirt was an authentic Strange Music tie. Add this to your costume for the official look.
Black Combat Boots – Perhaps the most memorable piece of Tech’s wardrobe during his Cypher appearance, the black combat boots received their own close-up. Command an army of Technicians with your own pair!
Red Shoe Laces – All red everything. Tech N9ne’s famous boots are known to carry red laces, strap up with some of your own and get your costume perfect down to the last detail. Not a fan of red? Try these official Black Tech N9ne Shoe Laces.
Have your own tips for dressing like Tech N9ne? Share them below in the comments section.
Be sure to send in photos of your Tech N9ne costume to firstname.lastname@example.org!
In a digital age where nearly every single unfiltered thought is shared through the internet, celebrities have received yet another platform for fame with social media. Twitter has quickly grown to be a literal who’s who of Hollywood stars and musicians. The micro-blogging site gives these celebrities direct contact with their fans and in many instances, proves to be either their best asset or worst nightmare.