Album Review: Tech N9ne – 'Special Effects'
Fri, 01 May 2015 09:32:17
The K.C. rap juggernaut maverick brings out a timeless offering on par with the genre's best.
Tech N9ne has built a masterpiece with his new album Special Effects [Strange Music], out May 4, 2015. The Kansas City independent rap titan, whose credits include landing on the Forbes "Cash Kings" List among countless other accolades, has been poised for a timeless work of art with this one, and he delivered a hundredfold. With 2013's Something Else smashing the Billboard Top 200 at #4, Tech was primed to deliver his biggest and best work yet with Special Effects, and that's precisely what this is. It unfolds like a movie you can't wait for—whether it be The Avengers or Terminator sequels—this is an event of epic proportions for this summer.
Its effect will also undoubtedly last a lot longer than that too.
An orchestral choir breaks under his rapid fire rhymes on opener "Aw Yeah (InterVENTion)" concluding with a scream of, "What about my mama?" Sadness for his mother's passing fuels him, and he cathartically empowers millions of "Technicians" to grieve with him, sharing actually voicemail message from friends on the chilling "Condolences (Skit)," or getting downright dark on "Lacrimosa," his most intense rhyming since 2009's K.O.D..