Music: Tech N9ne


"Thats the Kansas City King, I love him!"

Face-painted rapper from Kansas City, Missouri, named because of his rapping style: not only is he one of the fastest rappers in the game, he is also one of the most skilled. It helps that he began rapping at an early age - in order to remember how to spell his real name, Aaron Dontez Yates. His rapping skills have made him one of the most successful underground hip hop artists in history, and his business skills and ability for signing talented and viable artists made the label he founded, Strange Music, a powerhouse in independent hip hop.

Much of his early worked is marked by a lenience toward the darker side of hip hop themes, which Juggalos found really appealing, and earned him some dedicated fans among this subculture. Tech N9ne is generally lauded for his insightful lyrics and skillful delivery of unique subject matter with intelligence and humor.

He really gets around collaboration-wise, having worked with musicians as diverse as Bone Thugs-n-Harmony (there's alot of Cross-pollination regarding the fan bases), Eminem, RZA, Lil Wayne, Hed PE, Insane Clown Posse, Twiztid, T-Pain, Xzibit, Pharoahe Monch, Jayo Felony, Chino XL, KRS-One, Kool G. Rap, B.o.B, E-40, Snoop Dogg, Mint Condition, Busta Rhymes, Twista, Yelawolf, Hopsin, Deftones, Wes Borland, Serj Tankian, Five Finger Death Punch and The Doors.


  • The Calm Before the Storm
  • The Worst
  • Anghellic
  • Celcius
  • Absolute Power
  • Vintage Tech
  • Everready (The Religion)
  • Misery Loves Kompany
  • Killer
  • Sickology 101
  • K.O.D.
  • The Gates Mixed Plate
  • All 6ís And 7ís
  • Welcome to Strangeland
  • E.B.A.H. (EP)
  • Boiling Point (EP)
  • Klusterfuk (EP)
  • Something Else
  • Strangeulation
  • Special Effects


  • All Men Are Perverts: Anghellic alludes to Tech's lustful side, not Satanism.
  • Badass Creed: The Pledge, as written by Tech for his fans, technicians.
    Together we are a powerful force, as one mind, body, and soul.
    Let no evil enter, nor attempt to reduce us, because of the beliefs we hold.
    And with this love, combined with our strength, we ward off pain and stress.
    Technician I am, wholeheartedly, in life and in death.
  • Berserk Button: In the skit preceding "In The Trunk", Tech is flirting with a woman and offering her a free copy of his CD. She refuses it, calling it "Devil shit". He responds by shoving her in the trunk of his car.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Absolute Power
    for those who not knowing that Mizzou thee true,
    Imma tell ya like the swedish would say it;
    • Although his pronounciation makes it unintentional comedy to anyone who has a first language familiarity with Swedish.
  • Boastful Rap: "Worldwide Choppers"
  • Conspiracy Theorist: "Going Bad".
  • Darker and Edgier: K.O.D., at least compared to the two albums he released before it. The darker tone was due to his mother's illness. She got better after the album was finished, so the follow-ups were lighter.
  • Darkest Africa:
    Unga bunga bunga, ingda bing da binga bunga
  • Deep South: Discussed on "Red Necro", where he analyzes the moral justification of murdering Neo-Nazis and Klansmen who bombard him with racial epithets.
  • Drink Order: A Caribou Lou, which appears frequently through his songs. It's made of two kinds of rum and pineapple juice.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Fuck U Niggas
    Any time somebody come and disrespect I say F.U.N.
  • Goodbye, Cruel World!: The aptly named song "Suicide Letters" is a serious, deadpan delivery of this trope. Tech claims that it's composed from parts of his actual suicide letters. However, he eventually found a way out of the pit.
  • Horrorcore
  • Horror Hunger: Tech just wants to be a normal boy...
  • Juggalo: They admire him, and he admires them.
    You in killer klown land, face paint and Juggalettes with bubble butts.
  • Intercourse with You: "Slither" starts out like this only to take a twist into horror.
  • Justified Criminal: "In The Trunk" is about kidnapping a woman who disses him. When the police finally find her, she's a little crazy.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Raps over-the-top material in a serious tone, which makes his lyrics funnier.
  • Lyrical Tic: Yes, he has one, and you'll know it when you hear it (Cha!)/In a lot of his songs, he'll throw in a "Cha!" between each lyric (Cha!)
    • He also tends to go "Rrrr" between lines as well, but somewhat less frequently.
  • Madness Mantra: At the end of "In The Trunk", spoken by the woman he kidnaps.
  • Monster Clown: Tech commonly goes by the alias of Killer Klown. Played fairly straight in "Sinister Tech"
    Say my name five times
    I will appear in your mirror
    Thru your chest ripping out your spine
    Hungry like an Ethiopian
    Living off the blood in your veins
    Alias Donny Kevorkian
    Never were you ready for the pain
  • Motor Mouth: Everyone on "Worldwide Choppers".
  • N-Word Privileges: Referenced on the Strangeulation Cypher.
    And when she compare me to Eminem I said I'm different
    She said "How?" I said I'm black and I can say nigger bitch!
  • Obsession Song: "Psycho Bitch" features an actual answering message from the titular stalker.
  • Out-of-Genre Experience: Out of nowhere, "Devil Boy" briefly becomes a Thrash Metal song, then quickly jumps back to Tech's normal genre:
    Y'all act like I'm sayin'
  • Nu Metal / Rap Metal - Therapy Sessions With Ross Robinson
  • Rage Against the Heavens: "Aw Yeah? (interVENTion)" is this, with Tech angry at God for the suffering he has caused not only Tech, but the rest of the world.
  • Sampling: Halloween theme on "Psycho Bitch"; Blazing Saddles clips on "Red Necro".
  • Sequel Song: "Midwest Choppers 2" and later "Worldwide Choppers" to "Midwest Choppers".
    • "Psycho Bitch II" to "Psycho Bitch", naturally.
  • Start of Darkness: "Going Bad" counts as this, considering he has been jumping from label to label in the late 90's.
  • Serial Killer: "Trauma" is written from the point-of-view of a serial killer, boasting about how evil he is and that he's more deranged than "Jeffrey Dahmer and Charles Manson combined".
  • Shout-Out: Tech references a lot of movies in his lyrics and he seems to have a very particular fondness of Pootie Tang.
  • This Is a Song: "Sickology 101", on which Tech and guest rappers Crooked I and Chino XL break down the styles of rapping they're using.
  • Take That: "The Industry Is Punks" from Absolute Power, is one to the entire industry, as well as "F.T.I." from Anghellic: Reparation. "Going Bad" is also one of these mostly to Warner Bros/Warner Music Group. and Qwest Records.
  • Updated Re-release: A non-video game example in the form of Anghellic: Reparation. The original Anghellic was released by JCOR Entertainment, but was rereleased by Strange Music Inc. with the Reparation subtitle, as well as a few new songs.
  • Wolverine Publicity: Collaborates with a ton of old school and new school rap artists, either on their albums or on his own. Also works with rock bands like Deftones and Hed PE.
  • Word Salad Lyrics: Often verging on Indecipherable Lyrics.
    Yeap in my white tee and Nike's
    You might sight me slightly heifin
    Might see dry heave
    Die we shall not need i-v's
    Beside me Siamese
    (You're not making any sense)
    I might make her wanna sah-wing a Prada
    But once I get up on 'em I can do my thing I gotta
    Hey batta batta batta batta sah-wing a batta
    He cannot he cannot he cannot sah-wing a batta