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Tech made enough money between 2012 and 2016 to rank among the top 10 highest-paid rappers in the world. Just during that time, he made $30 million.
Aaron Dontez Yates was given the name Tech N9ne on November 8, 1971, in Kansas City, Missouri. He was raised in Kansas City, where he started rapping even before learning to read or spell. While Yates was growing up, his mother had lupus and epilepsy, and his father, Carlton Cook, was distant from the family. In his own words, this had an emotional impact on him and motivated him to “seek for God.” With his buddies, Yates would frequently spend hours investigating deserted buildings in an effort to capture a ghost on camera.
He was a member of the Black Mafia in 1991. He also belonged to the organizations Nnutthowze and 57th Street Rogue Dog Villains. In 1997, he became a member of the group The Regime, founded by the rapper Yukmouth, and in 1998, he appeared on the Gang Related soundtrack. He was mentioned by musicians Xzibit, RZA, and Eminem. Strange Music, his record label, was founded by him in 1999.The Calm Before The Storm, his first studio album, was released in 1999. Later, in 2001, he issued the album “The Worst.” Later that year, when he released the album “Anghellic” on JCOR Records, Yates enjoyed some success in the underground. After disagreements over the album’s promotion emerged, he severed ties with JCOR, and they were allowed to retain rights to the album.
2002 saw the publication of the album Absolute Power, which peaked at #3 on the US Indie chart. The albums by Tech N9ne, Everready (The Religion) (2006) and Misery Loves Kompany (2007), respectively, peaked at #2 and #3 on the same chart. He achieved #1 status on the US Indie chart with his albums Killer in 2008, K.O.D. in 2009, The Gates Mixed People in 2010, All 6’s and 7’s in 2011, Strangeulation in 2014, Special Effects in 2015, and Strangeulation Vol. II in 2015. His most well-known tracks are “Fragile,” which was published in 2013 and featured Kendall Morgan, B.o.B., and 2 Chainz, and “Hood Go Crazy,” which was released in 2015.
Many movies, including “Gang Related,” “Alpha Dog,” “Our Heroes,” and “Born 2 Race,” feature Yates’ music. An online promotional short film for AXE body spray featured his song “Let’s Go.” Other video games featuring his music include “Madden NFL 2006,” “The Crew,” and “25 to Life.” Tech N9ne has made guest appearances on a number of TV programs, including “Warren the Ape,” “I’m From Rolling Stone,” “Dark Angel,” “My Super Sweet 16,” “The Hills,” and “Spike Guys’ Choice Awards.” One of MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew” episodes used his song “Earthquake.” 2015’s “Tip-Off” for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Inside the NBA featured the song “Give It All” from the album “Special Effects.”
In May 2018, it was revealed that Yates had collaborated with the Kansas City-based Boulevard Brewing Company to develop a new beer. On June 18 of that year, it was made available in Kansas City, Wichita, Denver, and Oklahoma City. In honor of his song “Caribou Lou,” it was given the name Bou Lou. It’s a wheat beer with tastes of coconut and pineapple. Later on, it was put up for sale on the St. Louis market.
Lecoya LeJeune and Tech N9ne got married in 1995. In 2005, the pair split up. Ten years later, Yates requested a divorce, but it wasn’t finalized until November 2017—12 years after they had first been apart.
Yates is a devoted supporter of the Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Chiefs. Tech N9ne’s song “Red Kingdom,” which served as a tribute and made mention of several Chiefs players, including the late linebacker Derrick Thomas, was released before the Chiefs took part in the 2019 AFC Championship game. Other players from that season mentioned in the song include Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Eric Berry, Harrison Butkur, Justin Houston, Chris Jones, and Dee Ford.