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Is an American rapper who is better known by his stage name Tech N9ne, which is pronounced: “tech nine.” Together with Travis O’Guin, he started the record label Strange Music in 1999. His music has been used in movies, TV shows, and video games, and he has sold more than two million albums. He won the Left Field Woodie award at the mtvU Woodie Awards in 2009.
His stage name comes from the semi-automatic handgun TEC-9. Black Walt gave him this name because of the way he rhymes quickly. Yates later gave the name a deeper meaning by saying that it stands for the complete technique of rhyme, with “tech” meaning technique and “nine” standing for the number of completion. Even though he hasn’t had much success in the mainstream, E-40, Ice Cube, Three 6 Mafia, B.o.B., Twista, Busta Rhymes, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, T-Pain, Snoop Dogg, The Game, Wiz Khalifa, CeeLo Green, T.I., 2 Chainz, Corey Taylor of Slipknot, Eminem, Logic, and Boyz II Men
Yates was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and grew up there. He started rapping at a very young age. To remember how to spell his name, he would rap the letters of his name. When he was a child, his mother had epilepsy and lupus, and his father, Carlton Cook, was estranged from the family. This hurt him emotionally and made him want to “search for God.” He and his best friend would go into abandoned buildings and try to catch a ghost on film. In Kansas City, he went to Southwest High School.
Early in his career, Yates was in a group called Black Mafia, which was formed in 1991. When he was in the band 57th Street Rogue Dog Villians, their song “Let’s Get Fucked Up” showed signs of success. Aaron Yates signed with Perspective Records in 1993 as a member of the band Nnutthowze. But soon after being let go by the label, the group broke up. Yates had a short contract with Qwest Records before moving on to JCOR Records.
Yates joined the group Regime, which was started by the rapper Yukmouth, in 1997. The following year, he appeared on the soundtrack for the film Gang Related.In 1999, Yates was on the song “The Anthem” by Sway and King Tech. Other artists like RZA, Eminem, Xzibit, Pharoahe Monch, Jayo Felony, Chino XL, KRS-One, and Kool G. Rap were also on the song. He and his business partner Travis O’Guin started the record label Strange Music later that same year.
In 2001, JCOR Records put out the studio album Anghellic by Yates.
When there were disagreements about how to promote the album, Yates and his label broke ties with the JCOR and got the rights to the album back. The next year, he put out a record called Absolute Power. Strange Music and M.S.C. Music & Entertainment worked together on it (which was founded by former Priority Records head Mark Cerami). The album started out on the Billboard 200 at number 79. People say that sales of the album tripled after the rapper and his label started a campaign called “F.T.I.” The campaign asked music fans to legally download the album for free from the artist’s website. It was a response to the RIAA’s campaign to stop people from downloading music.
Independence and Tech N9ne worked together from 2006 to 2011.
Everready, an album by Yates, came out in 2006. (The Religion). He put out Misery Loves Kompany the next year. Yates said that the album was the first in a series of “Tech N9ne Collabos” albums with guest appearances by many different artists.
The next year, Yates put out an album called Killer. In September of that year, he had sold more than one million albums. Yates said this about the achievement: “It just made me think about all the work we’d done before.” I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet. I’ve been partying for the last two days because that’s a really big deal. I’ve been making plans for success my whole life. I’m not surprised at all, and I’m happy about it. “That only proves that I was right.” In April 2009, Yates put out Sickology 101, his second album with the band Collabos.
In October of that year, he put out K.O.D., which stands for King of Darkness. The album had a dark tone because Yates was dealing with his mother’s illness. The Lost Scripts of K.O.D. is an EP from 2010 that has new songs over beats that were not used on the K.O.D. album. The Gates Mixed Plate, Yates’ third Collabos album, came out later that same year. In October, he put out Seepage, his second EP. On December 23, he put out his first mixtape, “Bad Season.” It was later sold as a CD, but the track listing was changed and DJ Scream wasn’t on it. Yates put out all 6’s and 7’s on June 7, 2011. On the album are hip-hop and rock artists like B.o.B., E-40, Snoop Dogg, Hopsin, T-Pain, Jay Rock, Mint Condition, Busta Rhymes, Twista, Lil Wayne, Yelawolf, Deftones, and many more.
Yates told 411mania.com in 2011 that after All 6’s and 7’s, he planned to release Welcome to Strangeland, the fourth album in the Collabos series, which would have guest appearances from everyone on Strange Music. After that, he would release the long-awaited K.A.B.O.S.H. and 816 Boyz albums. Then, in July 2011, Yates wrote in a blog post that Rick Ross had agreed to do a song with him for the K.A.B.O.S.H. album and that he was also hoping to work with Jay-Z on that album. He said that the K.A.B.O.S.H. album will be a rock album in the same blog post. In another blog post a few weeks later, he said that after he finishes Welcome to Strangeland, he will start working on the album. After his tour, he said that he was about to start working on Welcome to Strangeland and Klusterfuk, and he named producers for both. Mayday! will only produce Klusterfuk.He said that he will start working on the K.A.B.O.S.H. album after that.
Tech N9ne is on the song “Interlude,” which is on Lil Wayne’s ninth studio album, Tha Carter IV. Tech and André 3000 each have a verse on the song. In August 2010, Wayne told Funkmaster Flex on the radio that he and Tech N9ne became “brothers” when Yates came to visit him in jail. In a later interview, Tech N9ne said that he thinks the song will “awaken a lot of other people who wouldn’t normally look [his] way” and “teach all the new fans how to become technicians.”
Tech N9ne’s 16th album, Strangeulation Vol. II, came out on November 20, 2015. It is the sixth album in his Collabos series and the 16th overall. On the album are JL, Ryan Bradley, and Tyler Lyon, as well as everyone who was in Strange Music at the time. Marilyn Manson’s song “The Beautiful People” was remixed by Tech on January 11, 2016, for Dr. Dre’s The Pharmacy on Beats 1 radio. In the spring of 2016, Tech N9ne went on another Independent Powerhouse Tour with other Strange members.
Tech N9ne’s 17th album, The Storm, came out in December 2016. It was the follow-up to his first album, The Calm Before the Storm, which came out in 1999.
Tech N9ne announced in January 2017 that his seventh Collabos album, Dominion, would come out on April 7 and that he would release a second Collabos album that same year. Tech and other Strange Music artists started the Strictly Strange ’17 tour in March. In the same month, Tech told radio station GoMN that his next solo album, Planet, will be released in 2018. Caribou Lou gave Tech his first platinum record in 18 years on June 20, 2017. Strange Reign, the eighth Collabos album by Tech N9ne, came out on October 13, 2017. It was the second album to come out in 2017.
Tech N9ne put out Planet on March 2, 2018. It was his 20th studio album. Tech N9ne put out N9na on April 19, 2019. This is his 21st studio album. On April 10, 2020, nearly a year later, his 22nd album, Enterfear, came out. On July 29, 2020, he was on Corey Taylor’s single “CMFT Must Be Stopped,” which was released on July 29. Tech N9ne put out a new project called Fear Exodus on October 23, 2020.
Tech N9ne put out an album called “Asin9ne” on October 8, 2021. Lil Wayne, Mumu Fresh, Snow Tha Product, Russ, E-40, X-Raided, and the wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson all appear on the album as guests.
Tech N9ne raps on the song “Loud” from Samantha Fish’s 2021 album Faster, which was also made in the Kansas City area.
Born 2 Race, Gang Related, Alpha Dog, Our Heroes: The 25 Best Black Sports Movies (Ever), and The Life of Lucky Cucumber have all featured songs by Yates. Yates was supposed to do all of the music for Alpha Dog, but the studio decided to switch out some of his songs for more popular ones. In 2009, “Let’s Go,” one of his songs was used in an online short film to promote AXE body spray. Yates is also in the movies Vengeance and Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D as an actor. Yates played the lead role in the musical “Alleluia: The Devil’s Carnival,” which only played in a few theatres in July 2015. Tech put out “Shine,” a song for the Jaco Pastorius documentary, Jaco, on November 25, 2015.
Several of Yates’s songs are in the video games Madden NFL 2006, The Crew, EA Sports MMA, 25 to Life, WWE 2K18, EA Sports UFC 3, and Midnight Club: Los Angeles, where Yates is a playable character.
In 2009, Yates and Krizz Kaliko, who was also on the same label, were in a video for the video game Fight Night Round 4.
Yates’s music has been played on the TV shows Dark Angel, I’m From Rolling Stone, My Super Sweet 16, The Hills, Spike Guys’ Choice Awards, and Warren the Ape. In 2008, his song “Earthquake” was on an episode of MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew. In their performance, the crew had to show what the song’s title meant. Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg took place on August 15, 2009. When MMA fighter Gilbert Melendez entered the arena for his fight with Mitsuhiro Ishida, Tech N9ne’s 2006 song “The Beast” played in the background. His song “Riot Maker” was used as the official theme song for the Hardcore Justice pay-per-view event put on by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling in 2010. Yates also performed in the BET cipher at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards with B.o.B., Machine Gun Kelly, Kendrick Lamar, and Big K.R.I.T. Tech N9ne was on three episodes of the MTV game show Hip Hop Squares in 2012. “Demons” by Tech N9ne was used in the first episode of Ironside in 2013. Tech N9ne was on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on June 24, 2014, to play “Fragile,” “He’s a Mental Giant,” and “Stamina.” Yates was the captain of the Black Team when he appeared on Wild ‘n Out at the end of 2014.
In May 2015, Inside the NBA’s “Tip-Off” for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals played “Give It All” from the album Special Effects.