Feature: The Ten Sickest Tech N9ne Flows
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:24:19
Tech N9ne changes the game every time he releases an album. It's because he never stops or slows down. His wordplay remains relentless, but his independent grind and work ethic also follow that same ethos. Jaws drop every time he gets on a record and rightfully so. Literally nobody sounds like Tech N9ne.
His catalog is locked and loaded with undeniably sick rhymes. So, this list was nearly impossible to put together, but we went for it anyway!
ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino compiles the Ten Sickest Tech N9ne Flows in this exclusive feature.
Note: Of course, we had to leave some great songs out. This is just a snapshot, and it's in no particular order.
The Ten Sickest Tech N9ne Flows
The opening of Killer evinces Tech's uncanny ability to fire off a mind-bending verse within the landscape of an anthemic track. The hook hits hard (as big as any arena rocker for goodness sake!), but it's his undeniable flow that transfixes the most. Hilarious at points and always hypnotic, "Like Yeah" remains one of his most powerful moments.
Tech gives everybody a lesson in sick on the opening track of Sickology 101. He barely takes a breath as he rips through this torrent of words and syllables, coalescing everything into a catchy and chaotic declaration. Seriously rappers should study this for decades to come.
André 3000 doesn't even try to compete. Tech riots through nearly a minute of verbal warfare honoring Lil Wayne the best way he can during Tha Carter IV mid-point. It's one of Tech's shining moments, so good Wayne inserted it right in the middle of a blockbuster.
"Einstein Tech N9ne"
Anghellic (2003) is riff with moments like this, but he really is Einstein with a mic here, summoning a storm of words.
"Show Me a God"
This one's introspective and irresistible as the master MC chops through confessional verses, questioning faith and then screaming "Show Me a God". This is K.O.D.'s biggest and most bombastic tune, and that says a lot.
The 2014 collabo album Strangeulation had its fair share of "oh shit" flows, but this is the fastest and most furious.
Tech lives up to the title with every single word he spits. 'Nuff said!
From 2013's phenomenal Something Else, Tech goes hard over a minimalist beat. He's so sick that he even gets Kendrick Lamar spitting to match him. When you can get rap's most critically adored modern superstar to go bar-for-bar with you like this, you are the fucking man. Moreover, it's a smash too!
"The Industry Is Punks"
Tech calls out the industry with pure talent and tight delivery. Each line feels like a shotgun blast at those who have kept him down. There's blood everywhere by the time it's over.
"Welcome to the Midwest"
This is the clarion call here. It shouts out Tech's home and brandishes some of his most incendiary wordplay yet.
What's your choice for the sickest Tech N9ne flow?