Tech N9ne:Dangerous

It’s extremely difficult for an artist to make their debut on an album that features Daz, Kurupt, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg and 2Pac all in their prime. But with his uncanny rapid-fire, stop-n-go delivery; a self-assessment of all his twisted thoughts; and a dose of the bizarre, Tech N9ne did just that on the Gang Related soundtrack with his standout track “Questions.”

Undoubtedly, the Kansas City, Missouri native was destined for success. More than a decade after his introduction, Tech is now 11 albums deep, has made music for movies (Alpha Dog), became a record label co-owner (Strange Music), was portrayed in a video game (25 To Life), and racked up thousands of frequent-flyer miles around the U.S. and abroad.

Recently, he landed atop the Billboard indie charts with the release of his latest LP, Killer. This self-proclaimed weirdo connected with XXLMag.com and told us how hard he hit this time around by collaborating with vets like Ice Cube and Scarface, what made him maintain through all the years, and just how Suge Knight is “realer than anyone.” Yes, Suge Knight.
Congrats on the success and on a decade of grind in the rap game. What’s the secret to your longevity?

I appreciate that. It’s all that touring, man, and the word is just spreading like a forest fire. To be the number one independent artist, it’s like, What? What did you say? Word? Okay!

With all the talk of the two coasts and then the Dirty, you get twisted faces at the mention of Kansas City. But you continue to carry that city on your back and there’s also a load of talent behind you.

I got to! Of course I have been called the “Kansas City King,” but there’s a lot of talent in Kansas City that grinds hard also. On this latest album I put out, you can check my collabos and I showcased a lot of them and there’s a lot more coming out on future projects.

You also have some heavy hitters on this latest album.

Oh my God! What? Ice Cube came through. Shawnna [formerly] from DTP. Scarface came through. Paul Wall. It don’t stop. So many showed me love and this is my best album to date. I say that with every album, but you can’t get no better. I’m a fan of the music and I can’t do anything with it until the beats tell me what to do, you know? When I heard what Killer was bringing, I realized I didn’t know how high I could actually go.

What was your most memorable experience recording this album?

[Laughing] Recording with Scarface. We were at a convention in Austin, Texas and ‘Face said he would do it, so we rolled down there in an hour or two to Houston and he wrote it right there in front of us. We were joking, playing, it was dope. To see him feel the beat right there, a beat I chose; he listened to my first verse and said, ‘Aiight, I got this!’ We watched him write it, lay it down, he cracked jokes and took pictures. It was real being in the studio with an original Geto Boy.

You definitely bridged that gap between eras. You can tell you know your old school because Brother J from the X-Clan is one of the most slept on MCs ever.

Oh yeah, Brother J be going. He throws down and people have definitely slept on him. Lyrically? I’m speechless. He is definitely one of ‘em.

Now, you also dabbled in the video gaming industry, did some films, and then there’s always the music. How do you compare all of these industries?

Well, with the gaming industry, when they did that game “25 To Life,” I guess it was because of my red hair, face paint, yadda, yadda, so it was an image thing, you know what I’m sizzlin’? With the movie industry, they just love my music, so that’s why I did the music for “Alpha Dog,” this, that and the other. Now the rap, this is my heart, my soul. This is what I live and breath. It’s my blood. That’s the difference.

Yeah, the face paint. What’s up with that?

When I was young, I used to fear clowns when I went to [the circus] and all of that. The reason I feared them was because they had painted-on smiles. There was a mystique, because no one knew what went on behind that paint. So when people look at me, they don’t know what the fuck to think because my clown has a frown on. So I became a clown a long time ago because of that mystique.

You recorded your first track, “Questions,” with the Death Row crew in the late ’90s. How did you get down with them? The content was unlike anything Death Row came out with in the past. You were from Kansas City. And then there’s Suge…

Damn, that’s crazy! [That was on] the Gang Related soundtrack. You are good! That was ’97, man. As a matter of fact, I just thanked Suge Knight the day before yesterday for putting me on to that because I was the only cat that was not on Death Row when that went down. Shit, he remastered the whole CD so that I could get my song on there. So yeah, he came down to my video shoot the other day for the song, “Like Yeah.” So many people got to know me because that Gang Related album sold three million-plus.

That’s out the ordinary to hear a good story about Suge because all you hear is how wrong he is or about his mistakes.

Suge is a stand up cat, man. All these muthafuckas talking bad about him are just mice. Straight-up mice. They are mice from doing shady shit. He is not the kind of muthafucka who would fuck with you like that unless you did some shady shit. Game recognizes game and man recognizes man. It’s respect all the way around. It’s just punk-ass niggas that are possibly doing something stupid to say something negative about him. Look, at my video shoot, there was no negativity at all. There were all kinds of tribes–Bloods, Crips, everything.

You followed the “Questions” release with your first album, The Calm Before the Storm in ’99. Since then, talk about your growth as an artist and individual.

It’s like this, every time I drop an album, I grow with life. I learn. As I learn, I write more. From then to now, I went through drugs, almost dying. I have been clean for a while now and I know that my music has grown and matured. The music got better since The Storm–twenty times better.

  • http://www.fuckyou.com Sweet

    boy is doin his thing.
    better late then never right…

    • lil_Tijuana

      Tech9 been in my collection since he dropped “Here comes techa ninna” That record is bananas. I member when I 1st heard it on the radio years ago. His time has come, been long over due. Do your thang homie-loc!!!

  • KC Mack

    I’m not writing this becuase he is from my city but dude is cold. Most cats these days fake and give false representation of who they are and what they are about. It’s refreshing to here a cat that is similar to the every day joe. Now if the rest of the cats in KC would realize that the world is bigger than what is on the Spect or Troost than everybody could here the other talent that we bring. Tech do you and f*&k what they say. N***az don’t bump you cause that would mean they have to downgrade they favorite rapper.

    • http://xxlmag iceman23

      Yeak KC,ive been pushy tech since 96,and he shiot was poppin then and i wondered why his shit did not catch-on then..But its a long time coming,And this brother stayed on the grind,,Tech is nasty with his shit..And dude sounds like he’s keepin it real.. WAY TO GO TECH

      • http://myspace.com/duallegacy YOUNGHINUS

        WE been bumpin tech the longest because we from the city, so I grew up listenin to it all from the soundtracc to his current album. He been around toooo long to not get his props. Besides I met him in Chapman studio when I was 16 and he was cool. Now he ain’t changed, and he still willin’ to work with us as local artists. That’s dope… Get at me Kansas City, and everybody else we in here!!!! myspace.com/duallegacy

  • Bsolo

    KC stand up tech on that diff tip like saucey cereal thats real
    ya boi B from KC

  • dj nice wit it

    dude is nice.

  • http://none jlc

    first? for real……this is the best fuckin story you have ever had on here and im first….man i have been down with tech since way back in the day, its about time someone started recognizing him, too bad he gotta put paul wall, scarface and ice cube on it to be noticed. Anyone on here who reads this who dont know who tech n9ne is go download some of his older shit, it will blow your mind…..and even better if you have never been to one of his shows then you have never been to a concert in your life……..”when I say tech you say n9ne….tech…n9ne…tech..n9ne…when I say tech tech you say n9ne n9ne….tech tech…..n9ne n9ne…tech tech…n9ne…K C MO wwwwwwwooooooooooo K C MO wwwwwwwwwwwwoooooooooooo…..”….yall aint sleepin on him no more and he is makin sure of that……………

  • exclusived

    One of the most underated. this niggaz crazy with his shit…..i really had to sit down and listen.

  • $tuckfresh

    I fuck w/ Tech !!! See you in B-more august 22th!! Every time you come to town all the snow bunnys come out!!!

  • ..::HytekDesign::..

    Is This Yall Tryin To Make Up For The We Forget? On Yalls Top Ten List..Lol
    How Many Artist Can Put Out A Two Disc Cd Been Indie..Have Ppl Buy The Motherfucker..An Have Ppl Listen To The Whole Thing Over An Over..Cuz Thats What Im Doing..
    There Isnt To Many Artist I Would Buy A Two Disc Cd From..He Is One Of Them..
    TECH N9NE..

  • MNKY

    Tech N9ne is sick!
    ppl gotta start recognizin this guys talent, he puts out way better shit than these new rappers & fake gangsters..
    Tech is a monster!

  • LP

    KC all day

  • http://XXLMAG.COM INTERNET BULLY

    WHOMP WHOMP WHOOOOOMP. WHAT IT DO TECH?

  • Jon Dog

    Maaaaan. It’s good to see my favorite MC is gettin so much love. Tech N9ne is, HANDS DOWN, the best rapper in the game. Independent or not, no one can fuck with his lyricism. I ain’t hatin’ on any other rappers, but c’mon. We got love for you up here in Canada Tech!!!!
    Jeah

  • Ray

    Finally!!!!!This article is what I been wanting to read! The questions were on pizzoint! Tech is that dude.Good job xxl!

  • King B

    I fucks the album cover shit is sick

  • Brian McG

    Buy that Killer album for real. Tech is the truth.

  • mizeryluvkompany

    bout fuckin time yall check the real, tech been killin this fuckin game, best rapper alive period!!……hed kill any rapper on the mic!!, jus seen his show yesterday, and dude is gettn better, protect ya neck bitch ass industry?!!,….yall muthafuckas didt even put him n the top 10 indy artist…lol…told u once u got wind of this amazing album, ud be on his dick, like yall down from the jump…lol..fuck the industry!!

  • Ra$$y

    Tech is the truth! But T-roc is betta! check out T-roc online.com Roaches n my ash tray! Live and learn pimpn!

  • thizzin

    The Regime all day you beezies.

  • E.RHYMES

    Yo Tech N9ne been ill since waaay back. I’m 28 and I remember when this dude came to my MIDDLE school when I was in the 6th grade to perform!!!! Yo he’s always had an energetic flow and performance. This dude is as much apart of Kansas City history as Satchel Paige!! Meaning, we wouldn’t have a Hip-Hop scene like we had and still do if it wasn’t for Tech unifying brothas and pushing the music to the world. Love him or hate him this brotha carries Kansas City with him everywhere. He is also a very peaceful brotha who will talk to anyone out of love. Much respect to Tech N9ne!!!

  • Q! tha Great!

    dude is a magnificent maniac on the mic! I fukt with him since “Questions” go get that Killer, Everready, Absolute Power, Anghellic, etc… he’s the greatest MC outta the mid-west since before Kanye, Em, Nelly etc… Glad to see Tech N9ne getting the respect he deserves.

    Hey Tech! get with them niggas Crooked I, Royce 5’9, The Game, Joe Budden, Immortal Technique, Killer Mike, Bishop Lamont, Obie Trice! bring in a new age of hip-hop!

  • mizeryluvkompany

    tech n9ne,.. last wordz!!!

    [Verse 1]
    Fuck everybody, who doubted me
    And said my movements a fallecy
    I’m loud and these pussies don’t even know how to be
    This is the rowdy me
    Straight malicious and clowdy me
    Demons have crowded me and I really gotta get’em up out of me

    Ya’ll ain’t ever known
    What’s really inside of my dome
    Play like I’m weak when I’m strong
    So I can peep the ones wrong
    They obsolete ‘coz I’m gone
    This is a speech to condone
    I got the beast in my bones
    And Ya’ll bout to reap the unknown

    I had every woman you saw Tecca Nina hang wit
    Most of there friends they see daily, I dug out and came wit
    How can I do this ‘coz my brain, it stay on insane shit
    Never can a nigga say no names but it’s hella pain to retain this
    Black’s the blood in my veins, how can I cleanse it and drain this?
    Disaster was in my lane, but a nigga pinned it and framed it
    After me know one thing, who remain on the Strange list?
    Have to leave out with a bang, stuck off in the rain, now I hang bitch

    [Verse 2]
    When y’all listen to my music I think ya’ll take it lightly
    But I been raw since the beginning just ask my Uncle Ikey
    He will tell you royalty’s been planted deep in my psyche
    All you peasants hail the king just call me AARON almighty

    So when you critique my music you sound like fools to me
    And I dont think you deserve to hear another jewel from me
    The industry cheated me, repeatedly cruel to me
    So now I act conceded guess you needed no grooves from me

    I’ve had it, I’m tired mane
    You niggas is fired mane
    ‘Cause you know me and Travis was supposed to inherit thee entire thang
    I’m normal, I’ve never admired fame
    I’m just famous cause I’m a fuck up and ya’ll desired pain

    So don’t talk to me when you see me
    Awfully’s how you treat me
    Off of me, everybody leave me, it costed me never was it easy
    So say goodbye to the bad guy a nigga dont have anymore to sell you
    This might be the last time you hear a bad guy like Tecca Nina baby, let me tell you

  • mizeryluvkompany

    tech n9ne, last wordz, last verse!

    When y’all listen to my music I think ya’ll take it lightly
    But I been raw since the beginning just ask my Uncle Ikey
    He will tell you royalty’s been planted deep in my psyche
    All you peasants hail the king just call me AARON almighty

    So when you critique my music you sound like fools to me
    And I dont think you deserve to hear another jewel from me
    The industry cheated me, repeatedly cruel to me
    So now I act conceded guess you needed no grooves from me

    I’ve had it, I’m tired mane
    You niggas is fired mane
    ‘Cause you know me and Travis was supposed to inherit thee entire thang
    I’m normal, I’ve never admired fame
    I’m just famous cause I’m a fuck up and ya’ll desired pain

    So don’t talk to me when you see me
    Awfully’s how you treat me
    Off of me, everybody leave me, it costed me never was it easy
    So say goodbye to the bad guy a nigga dont have anymore to sell you
    This might be the last time you hear a bad guy like Tecca Nina baby, let me tell you

  • Peru

    This is trhe 1st XXL anything that didn’t have one piece of negative comment. I’ve never really known who Tech was but I’m bout to download some of his shit ASAP!!! I wanna see what the deal is with his music. A nigga with no negative comments in his feature, fuck A milli, thats a crazy accomplishment!!!

  • mizeryluvkompany

    TECH N9NE IS THE FUCKIN BEST RAPPER ALIVE, SINCE PAC DIED PERIOD!!!….ONLY REASON HE AINT AS BIG AS KANYE, JAY, WAYNE, 50…IS CUZ MOST BLACK PEPS DONT LIKE OR LISTEN 2 HIS SHIT, ITS 2 REAL, RAW, AND CREATIVE, IM WHITE, AND I WANN THANK THE BLACK RACE 4 GIVING US THE FUCKIN LYRICAL JEWEL….I JUS WENT 2 HIS CONCERT 4 THE 20TH TIME, AND THERE WERE MAYB, AT BEST 10 BLACKS THERE, AND 2 OF THEM WERE WITH ME….LOL!!!….FUCK WUT YALL LISTEN 2, RICK ROSS, PLIES, 50,….ETC, TECH WOULD KILL ALL THEM, PROMISE!!…..STRANGE NOIZD TOUR 2008 WAS THE JOINT!! TEMPE, AZ!!
    NOT A BETTER PERFORMER,EVER…MY BLACK FRIEND I TOOK HIM WITH I AINT SEEN HIM N 8YRS, HE NEVER HEARD TECH, AS SOON AS WE WALKD IN THE VENUE, IT WAS ROWDY AND MAYHEM, BLOODS, JUGGALOS, ALL WALKS OF LIFE…NO BLACKS, HE SAID 2 ME WHERE IN THE FUCK DID U BRING ME??..LOL…HE WAS TRIPPN THE WHOLE NITE, ITS SUM OTHER SHT 4 REAL…AFTER TECHS PERFORMANCE WE LEFT, HE SAID MAN THT WAS SUM LIVE SHIT, IT WAS CRAZY HOW HE HAD ALL YALL, THE WHOLE CROWD IN A TRANCE…..IT WAS LIKE A CULT HE SAID…LOL REAL SHIT, HE FELT IT AND LIKED IT AFTER, HE WAS BLOWN AWAY!!…TECH FANS R FEW, BUT LOYAL, AND CRAZY AS FUCK!! TECH N9NE!

  • BigZebes

    YEAH! XXL, you should have recognized him when Everready came out, I mean come on you can’t tell me that Welcome to the Midwest wasn’t the BEST rap song of 06′. But that’s alright at least yall are catching on now. This is Tech’s opportunity to be the best in the rap game now, time to dethrown Weezy!

  • RAYFROMDABAY

    i was at his show in santa cruz niggas in the bay been fucking wit tech the regime forty even mac dre glad killer was a good album because everready the religion is a hard act to follow ….your here to work im here to work rob

  • http://myspace.com/duallegacy YoungHinus

    This is YoungHinus another KC native who grew up listenin 2 Tech. We knew that he was gon have 2 get the recognition one day or another, he kept at it, and that provides all the rest of us 2 keep it movin!!!! I’m doin my album now, and look forward 2 gettin Tech on there to pay my dues, checc me out myspace.com/duallegacy. K-C-MO!!! MID-WEST!!! Shit, now world wide, it’s about time!!!!!

  • miss.EX0tic

    Fuck with tech. He is raw on the mic, and kills it CONSISTENTLY with every album. He’s crazy on his older shit, kills it then, and still killin it. Tech all day everyday.

  • grp03

    @ Peru

    Don’t worry, some asshole will come on here eventually and pretend they know a lot about rap and say he is wack.

    However, its not going to be me. Tech is insane, Everready is one of my favorite albums ever made. Tech N9ne=The UGK

  • KING.Spade

    Tech N9ne is RAW.
    Definitely one of my favorite rappers.
    KILLER is a jewel.
    And any track Tech laces is amazing.

    Oh and Q! that Great!
    There’s an Ill Bill CD coming out this month.
    One of the tracks features Tech N9ne & Immortal Technique.

    Kinda a weird track as far as the beat goes…but everyone RIPS it on that track. Seriously.

  • reign supreme

    Man, bout fuckin time xxl, my nigga tech been doin this shit, this nigga been on hella tours and always come to the titty (wichita,ks) and shows us love, i cant tell you how many times i done converted niggaz over to tech, just the other day i had some lil niggaz comparing the carter 3 to KILLER, these niggaz swore wayne was the best rapper alive until i brought that techa n9ne out! crunched them lil niggaz cookies now they cant take tech out the deck, i been a fan since i heard this nigga on yukmouths shit back in the day and he shredded that shit, my nigga do you, and i’ll never burn and always buy and support your c.d’s my nigga, fuck what niggaz is yellin bout hip hop and rock and roll dont mix, before niggaz was partyin like rock stars, there was tech, love anghellic, love absolute power, love vintage tech, love everready, and can’t get enough of KILLER! Tell me why i had my batch suckin me off wit the hot water!Get the album and you’ll know what im yellin, i slide wit a gang of twisted individuals, somebody betta be lookin for the criminal tendencies, neva will they get us in the pen-ten-tries, KILLA!

  • Quise

    Tech is the best out there bar none. Tech can out rhyme or make better music than anybody out there

  • 38-caLib3r

    tech is fuckin crqazy. ive bveen bumpin killer non stop in myr ide

    I CAN WRITE A VERSE AND TAKE THE SUN AWAY!!

  • Freddy Vega$

    Damn Tech Finally gettin some love!! its been long over due for this cat, hes as real as it gets and has nice rhymes too. even tho I dont fuck with ICP i fucks with Tech Murder his talent is undeniable!!

  • TUNED2IT

    Ok, Ok, Ok, Ok…. now that xxl has opened thier eyes and finally seen the light, can TECH GET THE COVER???????????????????!!!!!! Or will that light blind them? KILLER is worth more than the “L” that you gave him. The reason the CD was so long is because he had alot to get off his chest. Damn if he do an damn if he don’t Do you want him to drop a mixtape, bustin’ over other people’s beats? That’s what someone that is trying to get in the game or trying to create a buzz does. TECH is past all that. He drops gems time after time, so embrace him and catch up. Oh and stay TUNED2IT. one

  • KC Mack

    Hey man I’m telling you, he been cold every since way back in the day. Like that Black Mafia shit. Speaking of that, if anybody got it or heard about it, holla at ya boi. Tech fans are real cause he is one of us. Average run of the mill cats but with extra God received talent. You show me a nigga who can spit like he loogey and I’ll show you a unicorn. Haters are Mitch Bades and Biancas.

  • juggaloZombie

    the mainstream record industry finaly paying attention to the underground. real undergrounders have been on tech shit since day one but yall would never listen. yall forced him to take every city by storm so u have no choice now. congratulations baby u did it!!!!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/theuntouchabledjkrunk DJ KRUNK

    Tech has been doing his thing for so long it is about time he gets some shine in the spotlight. Don’t get it twisted even though he hasn’t been in the spotlight doesn’t mean he hasnt been rocking shows and selling cds. Tech has and will continue to open doors for artist in KC and other areas and for that he has nothing but respect everywhere he goes. I lived in L.A. for awhile and when you spoke of KC the first thing out of anyones mouth was Tech.

    http://www.myspace.com/theuntouchabledjkrunk

  • http://ornamentingvideo.blogspot.com Lesley Frazier

    If only more than 39 people could read this.