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Vitam Impende Vero: Truth of the Techn9cian [Editorial]

Published: April 24, 2011 in Tech N9ne by

“To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.” – Charles de Montesquieu

“There are countless ways of attaining greatness, but any road to reaching one’s maximum potential must be built on a bedrock of respect for the individual, a commitment to excellence, and a rejection of mediocrity.” – Buck Rodgers

What is music? What is it that inspires its creation? What is it within us, the audience, the listeners, the fans, which incites these potent emotions simply by hearing a recorded arrangement of rhythms and melodies and words? What is art? What is it that separates the lackluster and pedestrian from the satisfying and remarkable?

This may seem at first glance just a series of philosophical questions but if you consider Victor Sandoval’s two editorials, “Dial N9ne for Juggalo”, and “F T I: An Open Letter to the Fans”, and the feedback they’ve concerned and generated, then you just may find that these questions are painfully relevant. Tech N9ne collaborating with Lil’ Wayne was the reaching of a level in his career that he has deserved since the days of Anghellic and Absolute Power though been denied for an inane and innumerable myriad of reasons. His acceptance into the Juggalos as a legitimate artist existed on the same platform of success, though for vastly different reasons and yet, once again “fans” have come out of the woodwork like cockroaches after a nuclear blast in order to debase Tech’s accomplishments.

Whether or not you believe Lil’ Wayne to be a talented rapper has no absolutely no bearing on the fact he is one of the most commercially successful rappers of the last decade. Whether or not you think Insane Clown Posse was talented has absolutely no bearing on the fact that they were wildly successful in their glory days and catalyzed the formation of a face-painting, havoc-wreaking, counter-culture movement that has persisted far beyond the popularity of ICP. Whether or not you believe Tech N9ne has sold out and deviated from his own philosophy of anti-industry rebellion has absolutely no bearing on the fact that he hasn’t.

We live in an age of industry whose primary focus and motivation is the accumulation of wealth and fame regardless of the quality of the production. We also, however, live in an era of idealism that exists in perpetual conflict with that industry and though they are so incomprehensibly distant, Tech N9ne, while remaining real, true, and raw, has paved the yellow brick road that connects them. He’s not only bridged the gap between mainstream and independent rap, but between seemingly unrelated genres. His collaboration with Travis Barker, a punk rock legend, was dope and his new album, All 6’s and 7’s is going to feature a track with members of the Deftones. In 2000, the Deftones released an album entitled White Pony. Alternative Press ranked it the second best album of 2000 and then a decade later, the same source ranked it as one the most influential albums of that year. It was 3rd on the Billboard 200 and though I wasn’t able to verify this statistic through its original source, it was ranked #1 that year on a global chart for best albums of 2000. The inclusion of the Deftones successes was to delineate how rigid are Tech’s standards of quality when it comes to collaborating with other artists.

Tech N9ne and his true fans – or Techn9cians as WE are now called – are not encumbered by the same superficialities and callow narrow-mindedness that has disallowed these babbling agents of dissension from seeing how inexpressibly monumental his recent collaborations truly are. It is lost on no one even vaguely familiar with Tech N9ne’s music and method that he needs no assistance when it comes to creating art of the finest quality. But what is lost, and only on the misled, intellectually-autistic Neanderthals throwing stones and swinging wooden clubs of hollow criticism, is that the achievement of absolute power in a creative industry cannot be attained alone. It requires an intrinsic humility, a profound awareness of one’s own strengths and weaknesses, and a passion and allegiance to the art and the dream itself that transcend the meaningless cravings for money and celebrity we so often and dejectedly witness today. It also requires interaction with other like-minded people. People who although perceive and pursue the same dream differently, understand it to be a grander goal than one mere mortal can accomplish. Lil’ Wayne, Travis Barker, the Juggalos and the Deftones are evidence that Tech N9ne desires absolute power and knows precisely how to get it.

Jeff Nelson Interviews Tech on All 6’s and 7’s

Dr. Jays Interviews Tech on Lil’ Wayne and All 6’s and 7’s

I want to thank Victor Sandoval for his inspirational courage and talent and recommend to anyone interested in the topics discussed here to check out Victor’s blogs and follow him on Twitter. I also wish to thank Tech N9ne for his perseverance, endurance and unrelenting ambition and passion in the reaching of a dream none believed capable of actualization.

~ Stefan Pyles, Strange Music Blog Contributor

  • Well, I don’t think I’ve ever seen more of a puff piece than this. Anyone who wants to learn how to give fellatio without physical contact should study this article.

  • Bigsister1997

    There music is plan out sick i love them 🙂 my good friend alan blake past away and he loved this music and dysfunctional reminds me of him:) Rest in peace alan and dylon, February 14 2010

  • agreed. every thing published like this is making me more wary of this shit. being a fan of tech n9ne is not suppost to be a fucking cult. this is cocksucking at its finest. they talk about narrow mindedness and that a true techn9ncian isnt like that…yet most of the fans are as narrow-minded as ever, worshiping tech as a god when he’s nothing but a real good rapper (my favorite.) this shit is ridiculous. to say that you have to make some pledge to be a true fan is outrageous. i miss the days of anghellic and celsius, i cant wait for the new album still but this whole “following” and pledge is fucked up. tech is a man. get off his penis people.

  • I thought this was a great piece that brought up a lot of good points in an eloquent way. It takes balls to do what Tech does and pointing that out isn’t a bad thing by any means.

  • Charlie

    Ya cuz, I agree, Tech doesn’t need to be defended by these bloggers. All 6s and 7s will come out and all the haters will realize just how wrong they were. The more we talk about them, the more influence the haters have.

  • Stefan Pyles

    who is deifying tech n9ne?
    who the fuck called him a god?
    who the fuck worships tech n9ne?
    I’m pretty sure i don’t have a shrine of the motha fucka
    and i don’t stick voodoo dolls of lil Wayne and soulja boy with needles
    and i certainly don’t cut my wrists when i come to the realization he and i will never meet
    and i don’t cry about him… very often anyway
    and I’m not sad that he doesn’t read my literary fellatio
    and I’m not putting together a new translation of the new testament in which tech n9ne is the returned Jesus Christ
    and i won’t commit suicide if 6’s and 7’s isn’t as good as absolute power
    and I’m pretty sure i don’t have strange music’s logo tattooed on me anywhere
    and i haven’t taken the pledge and don’t intend to
    and no one has to take the pledge in order to be a certified tech n9ne fan
    i do think people should study this article but that’s more of a ego trip than anything legitimate
    and I’d prefer it not be called a puff piece
    written fellatio is much better, thank you
    or non-verbal oral is good
    or literary cock sucking works
    but puff piece?
    that makes me feel like it’s a marshmallow
    and i hate marshmallows
    i hate cotton candy too
    but that’s beside the point

  • Game Over. You sir, just won life.

    This written fellatio was very, very good and particularly entertaining. You even cupped the balls.

  • Stefan Pyles

    listen, vic
    guys like us
    when we are literarily giving head
    we mind the step-children
    always mind the motha fuckin step-children

  • JakeTheshape

    fuck you.

  • Stefan Pyles

    happy easter!

  • JakeTheshape

    back at cha..write something informative this is just what most people will say just wrote down.sorry but it was a waste of time to read..I thought it would have something interesting in it.

  • JakeTheshape

    do you really bump celsius man..I dont even think tech likes that shit..i find the whole album sounds fucked

  • Juggalopacmanx69

    stop hatting on articles. show tech the respect he deserves. this guy is just showing his respect anyway he can.

  • Stefan Pyles

    my desire to captivate an audience, unfortunately, has nothing to do with anyone but me
    i’m the only i’m trying to get to read my shit
    for real
    this is just a way for me to publish it so when i get hammered, i can read it online and act like someone else wrote it
    it’s fucked up, i know, but subconscious and therefore not something i am necessarily capable of changing
    thanks for the love though

  • Jrossi09

    Yo this is a great read and awesome article. These idiots who don’t like it can’t comprehend the optimistic message your trying to get across. Your not sucking dick your telling it like it is but in this article with intelligent literary hence the title! IMO with juggalos buying up cds, shirts and fucking stickers all these yrs gave tech the ability and independent money power to market nationally and to pay Busta, Wayne and Deftones for feature spots. Y’all owe juggalos love and respect for supporting him before Techn9cians ever came around. Thank God for ICP for making such an amazing fan base that supports vast true talent and not just Psy Records artists…yo I had to read a lot of these sentences twice to process what was said LOL but I love that type of read. All you losers half ass your attempt and are like fuck him what a dick sucker. Like Immortal Technique says on The 4th Branch READ NIGGA READ lol.

  • haha alright, anghellic is sick but i’ll give you that. i still dig celsius though i’m just saying that i miss the old days. but that’s not to say i’m not a fan of his newer shit. when seepage and bad season came out i was bumpin them, bad season i especially loved for some reason, that flow is sick (except for hearing whooooo kiiiiidddd every 5 seconds.) i’m just afraid that getting so big might go to his head. i got no evidence to support that, and I really hope it doesn’t happen, but you never know. i was mainly focusing on the pledge situation, i tend to hate on it a lot but i just think its kind of fucked thats all. i understand being a devoted fan, cuz i am one of many, i just think its kinda weird/cultish. do i still love tech and strange? all day all night. just my opinion here, nothing more. cant wait for all 6’s and 7’s, and to hear tech lyrically poop upon lil gayne both on that album and the carter 4

  • Do I detect a subtle fingering of Tech’s butthole with this fellatio? Some people just don’t know the line, and that is crossing it. But, whatever floats your boat, I suppose. I don’t judge.

  • The Dude Who Wrote The Article

    I suppose the only appropriate response when it comes to such limitless ignorance is: Write something better. You want to set fire to my piece? Then write something in defense of any argument you may have concerning Tech N9ne and do it more eloquently and more articulately than me. I dare you. Because, frankly, based on the asinine responses of a select few, I don’t think any one of y’all have the literary aptitude to produce anything in even remote possession of tact, grace or skill.
    So, my futile friends, I challenge you to scramble together your obvious lack of gifts in prose and do it better, bigger, harder, stranger.
    Until then, ride your dehydrated high horse back into the mediocrity from whence you spawned and get off the nuts of those with primal talent.

    Strange Music, bitch, you can tell by the fact that I write for them and you don’t.

  • The Dude Who Wrote The Article

    Thanks for love, Jrossi. It’s hard out there for a writer.
    Keep it strange, bro!
    Fools be hatin’ cuz they aint producin’.

  • The Dude Who Wrote The Article

    In my own defense, I wasn’t necessarily defending Tech N9ne. I was writing in opposition of those harboring dissent for Tech’s collaborations. I could never claim to have ‘defended’ someone who has achieved what Tech has. I just can’t stand people who spray ignorance like Febreze.
    Keep it strange!

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  • Jalil Middleton

    Immortal Technique actually said “TURN OFF THE NEWS”


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