Saturday, May 17, 2014

Video Of The Week: Tech N9ne (Feat. Serj Tankian)

You might recall Tech N9ne from the Gathering Of The Juggalos infomercial I wrote about yesterday...

To non-rap heads, his fast, chopped-up flow (''Chopper'' rap) can sound a bit like Eminem's, but it goes as far as Young MC and F.U. Schnikens, speed-wise, and Kool Moe Dee in his mathematical, square precision, then evolved with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and later Twista. That's his genealogy, though some music critics just dismiss him as being a juggalo.

But the guy has skills, and a mastery of words that goes beyond what other rappers talk about (bling, bitches, and general booty), and he has some philosophical depth to him, although at times it delves a tad too much into religion - particularly of the Christian kind - to my taste.

More and more, he seems to invite collaborators who aren't on the label he owns (Strange Music), and it makes for better diversity, as well as pushes him to outdo himself and innovate; such is the case with Straight Out Of The Gate, featuring System Of A Down's Serj Tankian:

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