Tech N9ne Q&A: Rapper taps into his rock roots
It may seem surprising to see Kansas City, Missouri hip hop M.C., Tech N9ne in a metal magazine, but this year alone he has worked with the likes of Serj Tankian, Five Finger Death Punch, Wes Borland and Ross Robinson, and he still has hopes to collab with James Hetfield of Metallica and Corey Taylor of Slipknot. The American rapper is quickly climbing into the rarefied air of fellow artists such as Eminem, Lil Wayne, Snoop Lion, and 50 Cent. The veteran M.C. even out-grossed the latter this year according to Forbes. This summer, Tech N9ne released his 13th full length studio effort, “Something Else” and in November he will release sixth E.P., “Therapy”.
“Something Else” is N9ne’s most “massive” album to date. The record features appearances from artists as varied as The Doors, System of a Down’s Serj Tankian, Cee Lo Green and Wiz Khalifa. The rapper is currently out on the 50-city “Something Else Tour 2013” in support of the album along with fellow Strange Music artists Krizz Kaliko, ¡Mayday!, Stevie Stone, Prozac, and Ces Cru.
Earlier this year, Tech N9ne, who is known for his many collaborations, was tapped by heavy metal quintet Five Finger Death Punch for a cover of the LL Cool J classic, “Momma Said Knock You Out.” The song appears on the album, “The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1”.
N9ne also reached into his rock roots for the November 5 release of “Therapy: The Ross Robinson Sessions” which was overseen by the legendary hard rock and metal producer Ross Robinson (Korn, Slipknot, Machine Head). The seven-song album will feature Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Boreland, and finds the rapper doing actual singing which he says took him out of his comfort zone. He hopes fans will respond well to it.
This month as the tour rolled through Boise, Idaho, Metalholic sat down with the high-profile, down to earth rapper to talk about the new record and E.P., his Death Punch cameo, his recent film work, as well as who he still hopes to work with in the future. Fans might be surprised by a few of the names which include: Avenged Sevenfold, Portishead and Alabama Shakes.