Tech N9NE strives to be strange
blog by Morgan Culhane • October 10, 2013 @ 9:19am
Tech N9NE breaks the industry norm for hip-hop artists.
While most are trying to fit in and create their spin-off of the most popular style, Tech N9NE would rather be strange than just another face in the crowd.
Tech N9NE fans won’t want to miss his concert in Buffalo at 7 p.m. on Oct. 19 at Town Ballroom, 681 Main St., Buffalo.
The American rapper from Kansas City, Mo., has released 13 albums since his launch in the late ‘90s. His latest album, “Something Else” debuted at No. 4 on Billboard’s Top 200 rap albums in the country. This album dropped in July, is segmented into “Earth,” “Water” and “Fire” sections, and centers around the fictional event of a meteorite approaching Kansas City.
Tech N9NE says he is influenced by old school hip-hop but likes to throw in dynamic rhyme schemes and showcase his speed-rapping abilities. He’s recognized by his face-paint, too, as it not only reinforces ‘strange,’ but pays homage to a fallen friend, an interview with BET unveiled.
I’m a black dude whose face is painted. I love my face, there ain’t nothin’ wrong with that. My homeboy Brian Dennis, who painted my face years ago, got killed, so I’m still the clown in honor of him. I’m not taking it off. I wish I could have it on everywhere I went. I’ma get it to where I’m taking my face paint dude everywhere I go, ‘cause I just don’t feel 100% me without it. Something about me putting that mask on makes me feel empowered. Behind the mask, you do things you wouldn’t regularly do and I feel like a superhero.
Tech N9NE is all about collaborating with fellow artists, his latest album features B.O.B., Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar and Kendall Morgan. The latter two join Tech on “Fragile,” which “serves as a brutal ‘f*** you’ letter to music critics, which may dissuade writers from ever saying anything about these guys ever again, lest you hurt their feelings,” wrote Vibe.com’s Paul Cantor in early August.
Aaron Dontez Yates—the real name of Tech N9NE—also has a tour with Lil Wayne approaching and someday hopes to get the chance to tour with Dr. Dre.
“I love that I’ve gained that respect from being a student all these years, and now I’m a professor,” he said to BET.
Tickets for Tech N9NE are $30 pre-sale and $35 at the door. To purchase tickets visit tickets.com.