Interview: Tech N9ne
Wed, 20 May 2015 09:44:20
KC independent rap king on Special Effects, working with T.I. and Corey Taylor of Slipknot, and who he's going after for his next album The Storm.
Tech N9ne just stormed the charts again with Special Effects [Strange Music, Inc.]. His fifteenth full-length offering shot to #4 on the Billboard Top 200 first-week, once again announcing the Kansas City independent hip-hop trailblazer as real, viable force within the genre. The mainstream has continually come to him too as Eminem, T.I., Lil Wayne, B.o.B, 2 Chainz, Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour and more joined him for mind-blowing collaborations here. It's Tech's most brilliant, biggest, and best record to date and a landmark record for 2015. So, in between the Special Effects tour which has been selling out theaters everywhere, we sat down with him for an in-depth interview about Special Effects, his message, and why he's ready to tap Jay-Z, Kanye West, Metallica, Gary Clark, Jr., Lana Del Rey, and more for collabs on his October 2016 opus, The Storm.We might've even given him a suggestion…
How have you been?
I've been walking on sunshine, man. Weird things are happening with my life. Eminem did a verse, and we put it on my album. Corey Taylor, T.I., and everybody came through. All of my shows have been filled with all of this love and all of these extra people. It's like "Caribou Lou" is coming to fruition, finally. So many things are happening for the good on top of the bad with my people turning on me. The good outweighs the bad.
Special Effects is the masterpiece you promised it would be over the past couple of years. It really delivers.
It does! I'm so happy everybody agrees. I knew it, but there's nothing like the agreement. When the agreement starts happening all across the board, that's how you know.
What's the most meaningful aspect of Special Effects to you?
Just know this, Rick. I never needed validation from anybody because I always knew I had something special, but this album is total validation from all of my peers in almost every genre from EDM to metal to hip-hop to trap to the darkness with Joseph Bishara of The Conjuring. It's total validation. It makes me feel good because people that I deem the best came to work with me on an album for nothing, just for the love of music. This album would probably cost millions of dollars to make it happen [Laughs].
They become a part of Strangeland. They bring what they have to your space and make it even more special.
Exactly! When I send the beats and lyrics out to people, I want them to do their best, and you can tell that everybody did their absolutely best. I'm glad that I bring that out of the people I deem the best.