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The Pledge: A Line In The Sand [Editorial]

Published: May 30, 2011 in Tech N9ne by

Technician I am wholeheartedly in life and in death!” These are the words that have united an underground nation, and have drawn a clear line in the sand. The Pledge came about after Tech shared a photo of it over Twitter. The wrinkled sheet of paper with an almost illegible scrawl on it left fans confused and full of questions. However, once Tech posted a video of himself saying these now infamous words, we started to take it more seriously. Now every day, most times twice, we see Tech post something via his Facebook. People call into the SM Live to take this pledge, and if anyone notices right after the post are these words: “I’m going to have our pledge and we’re going to put the pledge on them. If they want to be a part of us, they gotta know the pledge. When I say “one, two, three spit it” they’re supposed to be able to say it to me. – Tech N9ne.” Why is Tech doing this? The answer is simple, to make a clear line between “old” and “new” fans.

This isn’t a bad thing. It’s not a discrimination of any kind. This is to give his older fans base that underground feel, as Tech hits mainstream with All 6’s and 7’s. We all know Tech is having numerous high profile mainstream artists on the upcoming album, such as Lil Wayne, Yelawolf, Cee Lo Green and many more. With these “new fans” joining the “older fan” base we are left to wonder; will we be forgotten? Not with the Pledge, that gives us something to rally around.

Imagine you’re at the Tech show and you see everyone reppin their strange gear, people yelling “Strange!”, off to the side people scream back “Music.” The show starts, the lights fall. Tech enters; the crowd erupts. Everyone is happy, feeling the love that only a Tech show can give. Half way through the show, Tech goes acapella testing his real fans. He screams “One! Two! Three! Spit it!”. The walls shake the roof. We are all screaming the Pledge. You look about and see confused “new” faces. You smile knowing we are the real Tech fans! That is something that no measure of mainstream success will ever take away.

-Brent Hughes, Strange Music Blogs Contributor

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    Oh my god. Congrats! You got published!!!! Miss you. Rawr.

  • I don’t believe we are “real” Tech fans.  Although I do believe we are all just “underground” fans.  Hopsin had said, when your an underground fan you have to go out & research the artists discography & bio yourself, it’s not gonna be on TV or radio for you to hear.  Underground fans have to do the work to find your music so if you don’t make a dope first impression you won’t make it. You have to get underground fans hooked immediately or they won’t waste their time researching you.  With mainstream you have a chance to get their attention multiple times, you might fail at first but maybe next time your on the radio you may impress them.  Also, I think the Pledge is a great idea but I think people got really confused by it.  A lot of people have been hating on it saying they pledge to nothing, not even America.  Tech’s not asking you to worship him, he’s not gonna think less of his fans if they don’t do it & to those who say they pledge to nothing, I have no clue why you think your so awesome & felt the need to even say that, you must be a cool rebel.  Pledging to something isn’t a bad thing.  A pledge is just an agreement to “not” do something or “to do” something the pledge is asking you.  The Technician Pledge in a summary says we cannot let evil enter & reduce us for our beliefs & our love/strength shall ward off stress.  Doesn’t sound so terrible to me.  I’ll pledge to that aka I promise to let no evil enter my life & love to reduce my stress.  If you don’t wanna, don’t do it, no need to hate on something you don’t believe in.  It seems like so many people are trying way to hard to avoid being stans.  This doesn’t make you a Stan!!  Good article.


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