Tech N9ne — "All 6's and 7's" Review 5 out of 5 stars
Tue, 07 Jun 2011 07:42:39
Insanity has never been as infectious as it is on Tech N9ne's new masterpiece, All 6's and 7's.
It's a dark, deep, and diverse exercise in musical murder that sees Tech completely surpass his peers and grasp hip hop supremacy once and for all. After one listen to All 6's and 7's, it's clear that rap is Tech's game.
The biggest names in commercial hip hop—B.o.B, Lil Wayne, T-Pain, Snoop Dogg—all make appearances. However, Tech stands out more than ever. He reaches inside and bleeds on every verse. Creepy production and samples color "Cult Leader" like a horror movie soundtrack, while Tech tears through a motor-mouthed rant that's undeniably catchy and chaotic. Tech drops in one airy interlude too declaring, "Might get a little dark and dirty before we get to the brightness". At high speeds, Tech's words tear through the psyche and take up residency. The same phenomenon occurs during the dreamy "Delusional", where Nikkiya Brooks's pained, poignant crooning takes the song to heavenly heights.
"Am I a Psycho?" is the catchiest anthem about craziness since Eminem's "My Name Is". However, Shady didn't have a schizophrenic interplay between Tech and B.o.B for the ultimate in psychedelic pummeling. Lil Wayne and T-Pain add a vocally symphonic heft to the deliciously dirty "Fuck Food". It's otherworldly beats match anything on The Carter III in terms of weird brilliance, but Tech adds a violent vibrancy all his own. Krizz Kaliko, E-40, and Snoop Dogg drop sweaty, slick rhymes on "Pornographic" alongside Tech. In terms of collaborations, longtime metal and rock fan Tech crafts an elegantly heavy explosion with Chino Moreno and Stephen Carpenter of Deftones on "If I Could". Moreno's voice soars during the hook, while Tech's exorcism on the final screaming outro is heartwrenchingly hypnotic.
Everything culminates on "Promiseland". It's another open and honest dialogue from Tech where the lyrics pack such a punch you can't help but feel them. This is the hip hop album of the year...Go crazy with Tech for the time of your life…
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