In a world saturated with clones, it can be difficult to stand out as an individual artist with an innovative style of your own.
Tech N9ne is by no means an overnight success, he has sharpened his craft throughout many albums, exposures on film, video games and a series of collabos.
One such collaboration is titled Welcome To Strangeland, in which Tech blends his lyrical wit seamlessly into a series of bass heavy tracks dipped in Strange melodies. If you've
never heard of Tech N9ne's sound, Welcome To Strangeland has a lot of quality tracks that showcase his verbal abilities as well as, his interesting choices of content. Let's begin...
"Beautiful Music" is a track that really stands out in the first listen of WTS, but it's not due to Tech's unrelenting flow, it's his ability to rap fast and understandable at the same time. A lot of gifted artists that can blackout to a track at 80/90 miles an hour tend to jumble sounds to make it appear as if they are rapping faster than they really are. Yates however, has a distinct deep voice that adds clarity to his sound even when he's heading toward Mach 3. Plus, with the intentional pauses and shifts in rhyme patterns, it just makes his tracks more dynamic and appealing to the listener.
"Bang Out", our second pick from Welcome To Strangeland, is another good track that Tech punishes with ease by switching his cadence to sit perfectly on the beat. Now this song does have some sexual content, but what can you expect, it's Tech..lol If anyone's ever listened to some of his other works, you will notice that N9ne is not one to bite his tongue when it comes to speaking his mind. He will talk about death or share his political views in the same breath that he spits about motivation. The production on this track has the feel of an Arabian night filled with plenty of "hospitality" and spirits to shall we say...deepen one's mood.
There are a lot of interesting songs to be found in Strangland so we won't go into detail on each one, but we are merely showing you more than what you hear on the radio. If you only listen to radio hits then your going to miss a lot of good music, point blank, simple! Artists like Tech-9 and so many others don't get the promotion of say a Lil Wayne or Jay-Z because they don't set out to make crossover records. When a lot of musicians/artists start out it's about the creation, but somewhere amongst the millions they earn, the focus becomes make more money. Now we understand that money does help spin the world, but isn't loyalty to core fans still worth something?
Before we exit, "The Noose" and "Sad Circus" are two more gems on WTS that show other dimensions of Tech's versatility. These two songs contain some of the more somber moments in Strangeland talking a lot about disappointment and despair, but isn't that real life?. We can't always be up, sometimes life brings us down and this should be reflected in any true artist's music. All in all, Tech N9ne's large body of work proves that he's a solid contributor to the world of sound. For N9ne's persistence and determination alone, we felt it was only right to shed some light on a diamond in the ruff.
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