Tech N9ne has conquered hip-hop on his own terms. As the mastermind behind the indie juggernaut Strange Music, Tech has created his empire through hard work and passion for an original sound. Much like heavyweight cliques like YMCMB and MMG, the Kansas City native has found his place in hip-hop with Strange, where he continues to earn respect for his contributions. Not many can say they have reached their 13th studio album, but with Tech, he's equally determined to prove that Something Else is the best project in his catalogue yet.

On July 30, Something Else will hit stores, complete with guest appearances from artists such as The Doors, Wiz Khalifa, T-Pain, Kendrick Lamar and Cee-Lo Green, as well as his labelmates Krizz Kaliko, Big Scoob, Rittz, Kutt Calhoun and ¡Mayday! In anticipation of the LP, XXL spent some time with Tech to get a feel for what he’s been cooking up since his Welcome To Strangeland collabos. We already heard a good amount of the album at his listening session in New York City, but we wanted to go deeper. During our sitdown, Tech speaks on his artistic growth (the flow is definitely tighter), his relationship with the media, his collaboration with Danny Brown and plenty more.—Eric Diep (@E_Diep)