Tech N9ne recently stopped by Hot 97 to chat with Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds on the Juan Epstein show. Talking about his Strange Music conglomerate and his close ties to TDE, the label head got on the topic of his first encounter with Kendrick Lamar and unveiled a quite interesting revelation.
“We signed Jay Rock some years ago. That’s how I met Kendrick because I took them both on tour with me,” said Tech N9ne. “Like a year or two ago. Something like that…Kendrick came as his hype man…When we got him, he [Jay Rock] was on Warner Brothers and they had him sitting for years. So, we got him up out of that deal. So, I met Kendrick on that first tour I put him on. And he gave me theSection.80 CD. And I listened to it, I said ‘We gotta get you on something.’ So, my All 6’s And 7’s album, which was probably another year and something ago, he was on there and nobody knew who he was. We did a song called ‘I Love Music.’ And then after that he blew up. He met Dre on my tour. When we did the House of Blues.”
In the clip, Tech also talks about his “connections” in hip-hop and visiting Lil Wayne back when he was locked up at Rikers Island.
Watch the entire clip above.