If you don’t know who Tech N9ne is…you do now. Aaron Yates, a Kansas City native, is one of the most overlooked, underrated and versatile Hip-Hop artists/rappers to have ever stepped on the scene.
While his comeuppance to fame was rigid with distaste for major music labels as well as creating an image that only Yates could understand and that his fan base would get, it became near to impossible for Tech to promote himself to commercial markets without having to give some of his authenticity up.
However, Tech never went mainstream and back in 2011 with his 11th studio album ‘All 6’s and 7’s‘, it was clear that, quote Tech, “The mainstream went Tech”. Before the albums release, all his previous albums had no ‘major’ Hip-Hop features or any from other genres of music. Although he has recorded music with 2Pac, D12 (minus Eminem), Hopsin, E-40 and Three 6 Mafia.
The real point of this feature though is this; is Tech N9ne the GOAT? He is most definitely overlooked by the popularity of other less lyrical and thought-provoking rappers due to their ease to create easy-to-listen-to Trap and other sub-genres of Hip-Hop.
Points that need to be made for this argument to stand –
- He’s an OG. He released his first album in 1999 and had already been rapping five or so years before. Since then, he’s gone on to release 17 albums, 6 Extended Plays (EP) and one mixtape. In all, that’s 24 projects over an 18 year career, more projects than todays rappers will ever release in their career! If you think that’s not impressive; then I don’t know what to tell you.
- He lives up to his stage name. You probably noticed that his name is near to the same of that of the semiautomatic pistol Tec-9. This is because in school, he would rap and use his chest and tables for a beat and displayed his quick-paced, bullets-flying flow. This originated the term “Chopper-Flow” due to his tongue-twisting verses that take a couple listens to just catch what he’s saying and how he uses syllables and other rhyming techniques to demonstrate his overwhelming talent.
- Is the number one independent Hip-Hop artist in the world. Yes, you read that right. It’s not Young Thug, Migos, Lil Yachty or any of the other Lil rappers. He created his own record label [Strange Music] inspired by The Doors, has sold over 2 million records worldwide and has multiple independent Hip-Hop artists on the rooster. TDE-signee Jay Rock was originally signed to the label.
- One word that can totally relate to Tech is ‘diverse’. While he is able to create typical Hip-Hop songs, he can also create Horror-Core themed projects, collaborate with Corey Taylor, Boys II Men, Lil Wayne, B.o.B and oversea ‘Choppers‘ to create music only he would be able to while incorporating the genre that the featured artists are predominantly on.
Those four main points are what (I feel) solidify Tech as forgotten GOAT. He has impeccable rhyming skills as well as a great ear for beats. While his main producer is his label’s in-house producer Seven, he’s also worked with Drumma Boy, Young Fyre and J.U.S.T.I.C.E League. He’s also mentioned multiple times his interest to work with the likes of Jay-Z, NaS and Rick Ross.
To sum up, Tech N9ne is the forgotten one of Hip-Hop. He has a discography big enough to take up a weekend to digest and once you notice the flows and better-than-average lyrics, you may end up liking him more than your favourite rappers favourite rapper.