In August, Tech dropped the blazing Something Else, which debuted at No. 4 on Billboard’s Rap charts and gave the Kansas City, Mo., music mogul his highest charting album to date. Tech N9ne will cap 2013 with another release, the Metal-infused explosion that is the Therapy EP, a visceral confirmation of Tech’s wide-ranging musical tastes; he named his label/business Strange Music in 1999 as a tribute to The Doors, one of his favorite bands, and even collaborated with the surviving members on the thumping, swirling remake of “Strange Days” from Something Else, one of the late Ray Manzarek’s last studio sessions.
Born Aaron Dontez Yates, Tech N9ne started rapping as a child, joining Black Mafia when he was 19; fellow rapper Black Walt gave Yates his MC name because of his rapid-fire style.
After a string of subsequent groups and label deals, Tech met Travis O’Guin and the pair launched Strange Music to circumvent label bureaucracy and controls. Over the past 14 years, Tech N9ne has become one of the most successful independent rappers in the world, selling more than two million copies across his 13 acclaimed albums and collaborating with some of music’s biggest names (in addition to The Doors, CeeLo Green, Kendrick Lamar, B.o.B., T-Pain, Wiz Khalifa and System of a Down’s Serj Tankian all appear on Something Else).If doubts remain about Tech N9ne’s veracity when he name-checks influences like Led Zeppelin, Linkin Park and Metallica, Therapy should dispel them. The EP features production from iconic boardsman Ross Robinson (Slipknot, Korn), musical contributions from Limp Bizkit’s Wes Borland and Glassjaw’s Sammy Siegler and a full-throttle hybrid of Metal intensity, longtime producer Seven’s wicked beats and Tech N9ne’s semi-automatic flow. This leg of Tech N9ne’s Something Else tour promises to live up to its name and then some.
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