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Tech N9ne: Classic Album Maker or Pop Music Artist, Underground Hero or Music Legend?!? [Editorial]

Published: June 4, 2011 in Tech N9ne by

I have been thinking about what makes classic albums lately, because of all the music related reviews and writings I have done. There are probably billions of albums out there that just don’t have the songs arranged right because of the industry standard where skip around an album they play song 1, 2, 4, 8, and so on. In otherwords they skip half of the songs, looking for the hits. If you burn a bunch of songs off CDs that are the hits and best songs, they are usually certain track numbers if you haven’t noticed. Little things like that go into making an album, let alone something people might see as a classic. Artists arent always the best judges of arrangement. Sometimes they need a Dr. Dre, Quincy Jones, or George Martin to figure out how to put all the pieces into a big beautiful picture. And these super producers help make an album better than the average release. Questions arise like what makes a classic, how many thousands or million should a classic sell, who recognizes these albums?

To me a great album or a classic has replay value, it’s timeless, or reminds you of a good time in you past. The music world is going back to a time of EP’s and singles. Which to most people is not a problem, and to me it’s not exactly a problem either. There are some artists that I really don’t want to hear a whole album of, but an occsional single is fine. Many artists are fine with getting millions of sales just on single too. Thats how the industry worked for the most par a few decades ago. They used to mainly put out 45s and EPs and Single LPs that at most has 8 or so tracks on them (as opposed to Double LPs that are equivlient to about one CD).

In the rap world an artist going pop is a mixed bag, usually to their fans it’s a bad thing. When people who have been sucessful over periods of time do their albums they think about how to make good music. When you look at a pop artist like Pink, The Beatles, and Elvis, usually there first album is what the label wants it to be. The gradually over time the change into a better artist. That also had an effect on what artists like Eminem put out as their singles. If the label isn’t behind it, you get shelved. Tech has told us about how prior to Strange he had some pain in the ass industry situations too but now he can do pretty much whatever he wants musically, such as getting Lil Wayne on a beat with him.

What would the world be like without a Micheal Jackson Thriller album? I am pretty sure there wouldn’t of been a Killer album. What about some of our favorite rap CDs? Dr. Dre’s The Chronic. Nas with Illmatic, and Eric B. and Rakim’s Paid In Full are just few few in the many hip hop records we consider classic. And while they may be underground or unknown to some people, to the rest of us who listen to a lot of rap, those are our pop albums. To someone who has listened to rap for a good part of their live, I think it is safe to say that they have at least head of if not own those right?

And what about our favorite rappers who make classic albums in our eye at least? 2Pac, Eminem, Snoop Dogg. Are they not pop? I love Doggystyle, it’s a classic album to me. It was Snoops big start. Is that a pop album? Or is just his new albums, most of which I also like pop? Eminem and 2Pac are easily the most recognized rap artists in the world and they have made their share of classic music. Are they pop? They all changed and did different stuff throughout there careers and people didnt always like what they did but it has made them the successful current artists or past legends they are and were. When they get popular, they get new doors to open. They get to work with their hero’s or just express themselves they way they feel is best. They start clothing labels, or record labels, do movies, and pretty much whatever else they can think of. Didn’t Tech already do some of that?
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Some artists are lucky. Their first album out is classic. Some people get two or three albums deep before they hit that home run. There are some artists that just make really consistantly good music like Sade and Tech N9ne. Where no matter what they do we already think they are the best and they keep proving us right.

Since Tech’s ideas for All 6’s and 7’svv have been made public, there are some questions to whether an artist is too pop for Tech who is our underground hero, or this beat doesn’t sound right for Tech. But why can’t we let Tech do Tech? When can we let him be a music legend? Hasn’t he made it there yet? If he makes a classic album, past, present, or future, would we rather it be an underground classic? Or would we rather it became a classic pop album that showed the world what we already see?
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I know that was a lot to read but I hope it starts some dialogue and makes people think about their heroes and what they expect them to be. Has Tech made a classic album or albums already?

  • yo tech the song fuck food is is sick yo but the homie who showed me your music dosnt like it man  goin mane stream is goin tech cuse they seen to be tryin to rap faster yo….

  • JAKE

    “Or would we rather it became a classic pop album that showed the world what we already see?”      <<<<<<<<THIS

  • This is a great read. I think Tech has made it in my eyes he has had many classic albums and this is no exception.
    I really liked this one because it wasent the same beats the same producers through out the whole album with the same instruments ( Im not sayin anythings wrong with the past producers on the past albums at all). Because you can hear the same instruments in alot of the hits from strange. Example big scoob salute same instuments in lemenaid delight. 
    Back to the matter @ hand I really think Tech is evolving as a person and artist I loved the way the tracklist was for 6’s & 7’s it jus went perfec into each song.

    NOW IM LOOKIN FORWARD TO HEARING THE BONUS TRACKS ON 6/7.
    STRANGE MUSIC ALL DAY ALL NIGHT…..UHH HUH

  • No. I like Tech and totally respect him as an artist. But every single one of his albums has way too much filler for me to consider them classic. The number one thing about a “classic” album to me is being able to listen to every single track, love it, listen to it again and love it just the same if not more. This is something that I feel Tech severely lacks. His hit tracks (not just the singles mind you) are spectacular to say the least. But I feel his consistency from song to song is very lacking. If Tech has a classic album to you then that is wonderful, but to me I say no. Great read though.

  • Boogieboo

    you’re not realy fan then.  killer, eveready, and abolute power were all classics. But i’m always bumpin some different tech everyday just to get it pompin’. i like his callabos. you gotta respect the n9ne.

  • Tommytehpoopoo420

    techs been a lengend since day one

  • RICHARD OLIVER LAS VEGAS

    Fuck the hater who the fuck dose what techn9ne is doin no mother fuckerr everyone
    Of his a classic cuz its always some new you think he would be able to make alumbs and
    Do fuckkin shows all around the globe nigga HE’S A FUCKING LENGEND FUCK THAT A
    GOD NIGGA

  • RICHARD OLIVER LAS VEGAS

    TECHN9NE IS A GOD I DON’T GIVE A FUCK WHAT EVERYONE THINK OR SAY NIGGGA
    ALREADY GOT MY 9 ON MY RIGHT WRIST HOUR AAFTER THIS NIGGA POST HE GOT IT ANYY WAYS
    TECHS RUNNIN THUS SHIT SO TO ALL THE HATTERR HAHAHAHA KEEP HATTEN AND STYA BROKE
    YOU FUCKS SAWOOO

  • colonelkillian

    I feel like all this shit about people criticizing tech not being “true fans” is stupid. I love tech n9ne, but does that mean I have to love every one of his songs, or agree with every musical decision he makes? No. I LOVE tech n9ne, his music has gotten me through alot of shit, and anybody who says that that doesn’t make me a true fan can eat a dick.

    The site should be supportive of tech but that doesn’t have to be a circlejerk of everybody talking about how unconditionally amazing tech is. People are calling tech the G.O.A.T., but that’s spitting in the face of rappers like biggie, pac, and rakim. That’s not to say that when alls said and done, history wont look at tech as the greatest, but people just need to chill.

    But even as far as the critics of tech working with lil wayne, chill the fuck out before you even hear the music. If you’re afraid tech is going to “go mainstream” at least give the man the benefit of the doubt and listen to the music first.

    Keep on keeping on tech, and do what you need to do, regardless of what ANYBODY says.

  • Jfields69mm

     tech is mainstream he is everything u hear an of heard he is biggie busta wayne an much more alot of ppl think they fans an dont even know what tech does or who he really is if ur truely a tech fan u wud kno tech dosen even spit the best of tech he gives it away to help keep this game alive

  • Jfields69mm

     its not a filler ur just hearing words an not listening. everyword that man says is of great impportance an u cant even see  him cus hes in the background, think about what that even means

  • Jfields69mm

     tech has been main stream in the day it was about his lyrics with killer but slow flows cats now a days are recycleing flows an wen they cant create one say fuck it an use the music spit fast as it was intended jus to keep goin like tech Is main stream

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