Tech N9ne Breaks Down New Album: “The Flow Is Getting Tighter”
XXL: You still have things to talk about on Something Else. To me, that’s the definition of a true artist.
Tech N9ne: That’s because I’ve done a lot of dirt [laughs], and I haven’t let loose all of it. And on this album, on songs like “I’m Not A Saint,” I let loose some stuff my friends didn’t know, dog. I had to put an apology at the end of the song. I’m a new dude now. And when I think about me back then I’m like, “Damn, I did a lot of dirt to people,” and the fact that good things are happening to me, maybe I’ve done my time by losing my family but still connected with my family love-wise. And, you know, going through a lot of the hardships I went through, maybe that was karma for everything I did to the people in my past. I don’t know.
So with “I’m Not A Saint,” you wanted to get those emotions out there?
Yeah, I had to, man. There were things going on at home, like in my love circle, and it all pointed back to, “It’s your fault Tech. This is why it’s not happening. It’s your fault for what you did.” And I’m like, “Oh, really? I’m the nigga in the middle tryna make everybody happy and now it’s my fault? Okay, I take it. I’m not a saint then fuck it,” you know what I’m saying? And so that song inspired me to write things that I wouldn’t really say or wouldn’t hone up to, like, “Animosity surround me / And it’s all because I found me / How deceptive can the clown be / Enough to leave frowns upon the face of those who found me / So much evil in my mind state / Many think that they can define Yates / But cannot tame the wicked primate / Who preach his sinful thoughts and lead the listeners on blind faith.”
And then I say, “I didn’t mean to hurt a soul here / But my inner demon has no fear / Of making choices that’ll make you pour tears / Black transparent flies show me that the soul’s near / I see ’em then they disappear quickly / ‘Cause this be some other shadows signaling the sickly / Forgive me, good people, I gotta let them know before they pick me.” I am telling them I am not a saint.
The flow is getting tighter. It’s not thrown together. Of all the 1000 comments I’ve been getting, one is when I got to bed last night on Twitter… This dude said, “I’m disgusted with Tech N9ne. ‘Dwamn’ sounds like a three-year-old or five-year-old wrote it.” I hit him back before I went to bed and I said, “I like my song ‘Dwamn.’ It’s not supposed to be intricate. It’s supposed to be a song that drunk people can sing and a five-year-old could repeat. Laugh out loud.” That’s what it’s for. It’s not for you to sit down and try to decode it.
It’s letting you know that I am not slacking. I know you want me to do that through the whole album. I would never do the whole chopper album. It’s boring as fuck to me. It’s hard to do. But I am going to do one every once in awhile. Like, “Worldwide Choppers” and shit. My style, even when I am rapping slow, somehow a chopper part will be in there. You know what I am saying? Like, “B.I.T.C.H.” It goes: “Puttin’ all the face paint I can put on / Put my black jeans and black hood on / That’s your TV I just stood on / With a faded habit this brother swerves when I sip vodka / I’m the latest rabbit, in other words; I’m a hip-hopper / You disc jockers never played me, you said my shit stopped ya 2001, I mixed opera now every cliques’ got the / Sick caca with lots of rippin’ about they chips, oughta / Listen to this quick chopper flippin’ and poppin’ / With the spirit of ‘Pac and Big Poppa!” It comes through! I let them know it’s gonna come every once in a while. So, my style is always going to have that in it. When it requires it.