Kansas City, Missouri hip-hop M.C., Tech N9ne, is quickly climbing into the rarefied air of fellow artists such as Eminem, Lil Wayne, Snoop Lion, and 50 Cent. The veteran rapper even out-grossed the latter this year according to Forbes.
This summer, Tech N9ne released his 13th full length studio effort, “Something Else” and in November he will release sixth E.P., “Therapy”. “Something Else” is N9ne’s most “massive” album to date. The record features appearances from artists as varied as The Doors, System of a Down’s Serj Tankian, Cee Lo Green and Wiz Khalifa.
The rapper is currently out on the 50-city "Something Else Tour 2013” in support of the album along with fellow Strange Music artists Krizz Kaliko, ¡Mayday!, Stevie Stone, Prozac, and Ces Cru. Earlier this year, Tech N9ne, who is known for his many collaborations, was tapped by heavy metal quintet Five Finger Death Punch for a cover of the LL Cool J classic, “Momma Said Knock You Out.” The song appears on the album, “The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1”.
N9ne also reached into his rock roots for the November 5 release of “Therapy: The Ross Robinson Sessions” which was overseen by the legendary hard rock and metal producer Ross Robinson (Korn, Slipknot, Machine Head). The seven-song album will feature Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland, and finds the rapper doing actual singing which he says took him out of his comfort zone. He hopes fans will respond well to it.
This month, as the tour rolled through Boise, Idaho, The Examiner sat down with the high profile, down to earth rapper to talk about the new record and E.P., his Death Punch cameo, his recent film work, as well as who he still hopes to work with in the future. Fans might be surprised by a few of the names which include: Metallica, Portishead and Alabama Shakes.
The full video interview can be viewed at left.
“Something Else Tour 2013”
10.09 - SIOUX FALLS, SD RAMKOTA EXHIBIT HALL
10.10 - FARGO, ND BEST WESTERN DOUBLEWOOD INN
10.11 - SAINT PAUL, MN MYTH
10.12 - WEST DES MOINES, IA VAL AIR BALLROOM
10.13 - FORT WAYNE, IN IPFW RHINEHART AUER HALL
10.14 - MILWAUKEE, WI THE RAVE/EAGLES CLUB
10.15 - JOLIET, IL MOJOES
10.16 - COLUMBUS, OH ALROSA VILLA
10.17 - DETROIT, MI THE FILLMORE DETROIT
10.18 - CLEVELAND, OH THE AGORA
10.19 - BUFFALO, NY TOWN BALLROOM
10.21 - WORCESTER, MA THE WORCESTER PALLADIUM
10.22 - PROVIDENCE, RI FETE MUSIC
10.23 - LANCASTER, PA CHAMELEON CLUB
10.24 - NORFOLK, VA THE NORVA
10.25 - CHARLESTON, SC MUSIC FARM
10.26 - ATLANTA, GA THE MASQUERADE
10.27 - CINCINNATI, OH BOGART’S
10.28 - SAUGET, IL POPS
10.29 - INDIANAPOLIS, IN OLD NATIONAL CENTRE
10.30 - KANSAS CITY, MO THE MIDLAND THEATRE BY AMC
10.31 - OMAHA, NE SOKOL AUDITORIUM
11.01 - LINCOLN, NE BOURBON THEATRE
11.02 - CEDAR RAPIDS, IA HAWKEYE DOWNS SPEEDWAY