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The Making Of ‘All 6′s And 7′s’ – Pt 2 [Editorial]

Published: March 27, 2011 in Tech N9ne by

The face of mainstream rap has gone through a re-invention and is wittier than ever. Eminem’s return to music proved to be what he needed to refuel his musical prowess, as he soon became Nielsen Soundscan’s Artist Of The Decade. It seems like we’ve all heard the same story for so many years. Tech reached out to Eminem for a feature on 2006’s Everready. The timing was not working in Tech’s favor as Proof of D12 had just passed. Since then, Tech has reportedly reached out to Eminem several times, but to no avail. Albums dropped left and right, and still no sign of the coveted guest feature. Tech wanted it, the fans wanted it, everybody wanted it. Then, sometime last year while Tech N9ne was on tour in Europe, he happened to meet with Eminem backstage. News of the chance meeting re-lit the interest of a possible collaboration. Once Tech had returned, he brought news of a discussion over the matter. In interviews leading up to the first recordings of All 6’s And 7’s, Tech made several mentions of a track he would work on before sending it to Eminem. It became clear soon after though, that Eminem very well may have been absent from a Tech N9ne album again. When pressed for answers, Tech would seem unsure of the collaboration actually coming to fruition. Eminem was once again becoming nothing more than a dream collaboration for the fans.

With Tech N9ne still holding out for that final big collaboration, it is important to take step back and grasp the significance of this high profile album. Working with other artists is nothing groundbreaking for Tech N9ne. The Collabos series is proof positive of this. Rather, the barriers he is breaking here are those that stand between independent artists and mainstream artists backed by major labels. Major labels push their artists to feature big name start in order to create a buzz, and these days, you’ll be hard pressed to find a solo album with no guest features. Those are the majors though. Independent labels will often rely on their artists musical ability to carry an album, as opposed to a brand name. Tech has done this for his entire career. Resisting the pressure from mainstream trends and flash in the pan themes, Tech has opted to speak from the heart. Delivering tales directly from his life and his experiences, Tech has connected with his audience on another level, one that most mainstream artists miss out on. Laying down this foundation his music, Tech then continues to build upon it with carefully chosen guests. Tech is known to hold off on guest appearances if he does not believe they are meant to be. Without a label barking orders at him, Tech can freely decide if and when he will collaborate with another artist.

In All 6’s And 7’s, Tech is loading up on the guest features. Knowing his meticulous planning, there must be rhyme and reason behind every single one. The Deftones-members collaboration is one that he has longed for. Seeing this alternative rock band on an album with Tech N9ne is something that has piqued the interest of fans from all genres. The use of organic music on this record is growing more and more apparent. Could Tech’s KABOSH project carry it’s influence over to All 6s And 7s? It is certainly not out of the realm of possibility. All 6s And 7s is digging its roots into as many outlets as there are available to Strange Music. Tech described the sound of this album as something new, crazy, and extremely different. Live instrumentation has been confirmed for much of the production coloring the landscape of All 6s And 7s. Joining the class of hip hop albums with soul and actual music, All 6s And 7s could feature the strongest, purest music yet from Tech N9ne.

The fact remains, no matter how much speculation runs rampant, and how much is leaked out, the final product of All 6’s And 7’s will ultimately be nothing like anyone expected. Whether or not that’s a good thing, is up to the fans to decide. Tech N9ne is working like always, giving as much of himself as he can. He does so now, though, in full view of the music industry. We’ve seen the players, now its time to see the end result. A few surprises are on their way, that much we can all be sure of. We may not hear Lady Gaga on the album, but the time has come to pull out all the big guns. When the clock stops, all we will see are 6s and 7s.

-Victor Sandoval, Strange Music Blogs Contributor
Follow me on Twitter for more: @VicMSandoval

  • Jonathan Kahnke

    an eminem collab would be sick. however, it is not necessary to make your music better. strange music for life; tech you make the best music ever

  • I’m starting to think that Tech’s too much for Em. I hate to say that because Eminem’s one of my top 3 favorite artists easily but what other explanation is their, he’s collaborated with plenty of artists since his comeback, why not one that would destroy any other artist that Eminem’s worked with recently?

  • Wow! Victor Sandoval, you sure do know how to write! You are a fine compliment to Strange Music. All hail TechaNina the Great!

  • Jmoore6688

    Don’t compare anyone to Eminem, that’s just not fair. It’s like comparing any kind of bike with a Mercedez- some bicycles are amazing, but even the best would never compare to a Mercedez Benz.

    I would love to see Eminem and Tech do a collab. Collabing with the most popular person in the world would certainly garner Tech hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of new fans worldwide. I think Ninna would be the first person Em has ever collabed with (w/ the exeption of Royce da 5’9) that could match his calibur. I hope he decides to do it.

  • Anonymous

    Great read!

    I’m sure the Eminem collabo is just a matter of time. It doesn’t matter if it doesn’t happen on this album or the next.

    All 7’s and 6’s is gonna be great either way.

  • CArbon16

    It’s a business and it takes awhile for collabs to work(contacts,money,time,etc…) Eminem and Tech will happen but you just have to wait. Personally I rather not have Em on this album because it’s already filled with a bunch of features. The next Tech album should have Em on it tho.

    I disagree with the person who said Tech is too much for Eminem, I mean Tech is the only artist who can keep up with him lyrically on any track(other than Royce) but Eminem’s vocabulary and word play is ridiculous. Em can write a song about anything LITERALLY lmao. This collab would be the best thing that HipHop has heard in a long time tho.

  • Devin Capps

    Don’t worry about a. Collab with Feminem Tech. If he was smart he would have jumped all over the oppertunity to rap with the best. I’ve been a Strange fan for a long time now Tech and to be honest I really would like to see you collab with Busta Rhymes. I think that would be soooooooooo off tha chizain. What do you THINK?

  • bballr

    bustas already on there man. duh

  • Love the comments, who else do you guys want on this album? Is there someone you think should have absolutely been on this?

  • i am so pumped for this album. its gonna blow the doors off all of the music right now, its gonna revoloutinize music its going to bring so many different musical backgrounds and cultures together. no matter what this album brings it will be a first for any independant artist to have so many huge major label names on an album. all hail the N9ne! The King The Clown and The G. turn the whole industry strange!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • it wont be just great, its going to be phenominal and the first of its kind to feature styles like the deftones all they way to busta bust

  • Mike_j420

    all i have to say is my life will be complete when i here this album

  • Ace Tho

    I really want to see Andre 3000 on this album or Krs-One.

  • I didn’t mean it that way, I believe Eminem is an incredible, hence me saying he is one of my top favorite artists. Just can’t think of any reason he keeps avoiding the collab…This collab is like Detox, I wanna hear it but eventually I gotta call bs & yet it can come out someday…one can only hope

  • I mean he seems to have the contacts to Eminem (Slaughterhouse, Yelawolf & has met Eminem), he’s got the $, & Eminem’s had time for other artists…Just isn’t addin’ up in my mind. No hate, just confusing. Head scratcher

  • Has Tech ever considered a collab with Lil Jon? Lil Jon seems very intelligent and I think he could mesh well as part of the T9X.

  • Shizzlec

    i honestly b.l.e.v.e. that this collaboration will eventually happen. Also stating however that just because it has not been announced does not mean there are not plans for it. I mean what better surprise on any album than an appearence by em? that being said, maybe not all 6’s and 7’s, but maybe the next one? you never know when you have marketing geniuses like tech and strange music.

  • Shizzlec

    also, there is an artist based out of st. louis named P.R.E.A.C.H. who was the second verse on far out on the gates mixed plate, id love to see him back on some more tracks, not just with tech, but lynch and all the strange family. I also think ludacris would be a nice addition just because of his flow and delivery and finally id like to hear lil wyte, for the simple fact that i can not see what kind of track that would be. just my opinions.

  • Dcfaygoguy

    Someone from Psychopathic..just one artist. When Strange and Psychopathic come together..magic happens.
    Perhaps Twiztid..Tech and Twiztid make a killer track

  • Chrisncool

    I know exactly how u feel homie. Why the fuck would Eminem collab with Nicki Minaj but not with Tech N9ne? It really doesn’t make sense… I think Tech should use his friendship with Royce Da 5’9 to his advantage in trying to hook up with Eminem….

  • kansascitycat

    Just to make sure the accurate info is available, I am pretty sure that Tech met with everyone backstage EXCEPT Eminem. Slaughterhouse, D12, Paul Rosenberg, Nas, but no Eminem. We wanna be careful in regard to reporting something that didn’t happen because it makes fans feel like Em looked Tech in the eye and then blew him off. They just haven’t had the opportunity to get it done.


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