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Tech N9ne

While he debuted in the underground realm of horrorcore and seemed destined to be a future footnote, rapper Tech N9ne grew to be indie rap superstar. In the process, he built his Strange Music label into a Psychopathic Records-styled empire with an accompanying loyal fan base, but when it comes to influence, Tech arguably topped underground trailblazers Insane Clown Posse thanks to collaborations with mainstream artists and a style that evolved from horrorcore to hardcore and confessional.

Born Aaron Dontez Yates in Kansas City, Missouri, Tech learned to read and do math through educational raps. Later, music helped him deal with his epilepsy and lupus, while an interest in horror and ghosts would offer an attractively dark form of escapism. He brought these qualities to his own work as he joined groups like Black Mafia, 57th Street Rogue Dog Villians, Nnutthowze, and the Yukmouth project the Regime. In 1996 he signed with Quincy Jones' label Qwest before moving to the indie Midwestside Records, where he released his debut, The Calm Before the Storm, in 1999. The Worst followed on the label in 2000, and then the Interscope-associated imprint JCOR picked the artist up for 2001's Anghellic, a horrorcore effort that introduced Tech's own sub-label, Strange Music. Touring certainly helped spread the word, and the rapper's over-the-top stage show locked some fans in for good, but Tech didn't feel his label was being honest about sales, so he left JCOR and took Strange Music with him. The label released Absolute Power in 2002 with Strange artists Krizz Kaliko and Kutt Calhoun making guest appearances on the album along with Eminem's dark crew D12. Everready (The Religion) followed in 2006 with Krizz and Kutt joined by Brotha Lynch Hung to represent the Strange Music roster, while an E-40 guest spot continued Tech's crossover journey, which came to include his music on video game soundtracks (25 to Live, Madden NFL 06). The album debuted at number 50 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

The 2007 album Misery Loves Kompany launched the rapper's "Collabos" series where every cut came with a guest artist, although mostly it was Kutt and Krizz, and a visit from old friend Yukmouth. The next year's album Killer came with a cover that mocked Michael Jackson's Thriller and debuted at number 12, as Tech was joined by Krizz, Kutt, Ice Cube, and Scarface along with the rapcore group (hed) p.e. Krayzie Bone joined for 2009's collabs album Sickology 101 which introduced Big Scoob as a Strange Music artist. The album also featured Suburban Noize group Potluck as guests, and with Tech making an appearance at that year's Gathering of the Juggalos festival hosted by ICP, Strange claimed their rightful place next to Suburban and Psychopathic in the pantheon of indie rock-rap labels. By the end of the year the concept album K.O.D. had landed with Three 6 Mafia on the guest list, and 2010 kicked into high gear with the release of two EPs (The Lost Scripts of K.O.D. and Seepage), a collabs album (The Gates Mixed Plate with Devin the Dude, Glasses Malone, and many others), and an XXL Magazine-sponsored mixtape (Bad Season).

The slick crossover effort All 6's and 7's followed in 2011. With guest appearances from Lil Wayne, B.o.B, Kendrick Lamar, Twista, T-Pain, and Snoop Dogg, Tech had arguably become mainstream with the release while the album's debut at number four -- and its eventual climb to number one -- made it official. The collabs album Welcome to Strangeland appeared by the end of the year and 2013 saw him return with Something Else, an album featuring guest shots from System of a Down's Serj Tankian, Kendrick Lamar, and the remaining members of the Doors. A fifth collection of collaborations, titled Strangeulation, appeared in 2014, and the LP Special Effects landed a year later. The album featured guests like B.o.B, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, plus Eminem, and debuted at number four on the Billboard 200. ~ David Jeffries, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Aw Yeah (Intervention) (Single)

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Track List: Boiling Point (K.O.D. Collection)

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Track List: Dyin' Flyin' (Single)

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Track List: He's A Mental Giant (Radio Single)

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Track List: Hiccup (Single)

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Track List: Hood Go Crazy (Single) (Explicit)

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Track List: Klusterfuk (Explicit)

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Track List: On The Bible (Single) (Explicit)

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Track List: So Dope (They Wanna) (Single)

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Track List: Speedom (Wwc2) (Single) (Explicit)

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Track List: The Lost Scripts Of K.O.D. EP (Explicit)

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Fuggin Mitch
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d3vilsr3j3ct 8 2
KC n Da Fukin House Nicca
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GET IT RIGHT PANDORA
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Eminem and tech n9ne a great duo on thus track yeah!
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The info is wrong. Tech doesn't have Epilepsy or Lupus his mother did. Pandora should do some research before starting that he has these diseases.
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I like tech music to curtain levels. But he great at what he do. Plus we share the same sicknesses lupus. Whoop whoop MMWCL
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Call me jason
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F**K YAH
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Not my norm but hits home
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parislife101
Follow me
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follow me
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Tech n9ne ❤❤
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Eminem just smashed this s**t
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you are a juggalo
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Turtle tech is the killa klown homeboy. He been a juggalo forever bro. If you knew anything you'd know tech is juggalo for life. There are 4 underground legends....T e c h N9ne, ICP, TWIZTID, and KMK
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I like
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just like the old eminem #the best rapper ever
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@Turtle if you listen to his lyrics he is a juggalo dumbass.
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WOO
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Roc out techninskibo p d o e m o n e y
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Not Tech N9ne fan but listem 2 him question wtf diz mutha f**k got2 do Jugglo's
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covarrubias. s h a n t e l
Da s**t since way bk in da day.....
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Tech N9ne and Hopsin legendary duo
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I love tech n9ne!! FOREVER STRANGE
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Tech n9ne is life if u disrespect him u will die of horrible aids the next day you disrespect tech n9ne because your problem a big whore
So don't disrespect tech n9ne I've known he was the best rapper I've ever seen and heard TECH N9NE!
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Okay, lets look this mans strengths. Topics? Check! Bars? Check! Originality? Check! Stage presents? Double Check, so why are so many hating on him?
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Say mermaid 5 times then type this on two more song and then touch water
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in*
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Why the f**k are there so many little f**kin hoes is here? AKA marissa6mire l e s
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Why the f**k is there so much wacky ads Eminem? Like every other song is that f**k boy!
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Whoop whoop family
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don't read this because it actually works.you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. tomorrow will be the best day of your life however, if u don't post this u will be injured in two days (u wont die). now u started reading this so don't stop. post this on at least 5 other songs in the next 143 minutes. when your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen. it is so scary it actually works!
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Yo sign on that Dannie Greenwood
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I love tech n9ne and all the music he makes
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Tech n9ne is a BOSS
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Love this mophucka
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Tech the shittt
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Yada yada yada
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same here
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Tech Nine my favorite rapper
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Technician till I die
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Tech n9ne is a musical genius!
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Where is hood go crazy
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Tech n9ne tongue is fast and clear...im for Kansas hah love u tech
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Alwyay
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Sweet music keep it up
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Strange music baby kcmo born and raised...but they won't play my song AM I A PSYCHO on this Pandora station....
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Love your music
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tech n9ne awesome
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