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Destroying K.A.B.O.S.H. [Editorial]

Published: August 3, 2011 in Tech N9ne by

During the span of every artist’s career, an idea or project is sparked by the notion of creating something that is larger than life. For Axl Rose it was Chinese Democracy. For Dr. Dre, it’s still Detox. For Tech N9ne, it has been K.A.B.O.S.H. First teased in 2006 with the release of “Little Pills”, K.A.B.O.S.H. was said to be Tech N9ne’s vision of an alternative rock side project with Krizz Kaliko. Release dates came and went, and still nothing. Then in 2010, while still on the Independent Grind Tour, Tech confirmed that all of the pieces for K.A.B.O.S.H. had come together. Dirty Wormz of Austin, TX would step in as the live band and Tech N9ne could finally move forward with the album. Now, the buzz around K.A.B.O.S.H. has once again begun to make waves with Tech N9ne fans. In recent interviews with Tech N9ne, the project has received a considerable amount of press thus leading everyone to believe that the album will finally happen sometime in late 2011 or early 2012. But, for all of the positive attention K.A.B.O.S.H. has received, it has also come under fire from the fans.

In a shocking revelation, Tech N9ne explained to HipHopDX.com that he planned on reaching out to mainstream superstars Rick Ross and Jay-Z for features on K.A.B.O.S.H. With Tech’s recent mainstream exposure, the features certainly seem within reach, and there is no doubt about the power behind names like Rick Ross and Jay-Z. The backlash from fans was almost identical to the outrage expressed during the Lil Wayne collaboration for All 6‘s And 7‘s. Fans felt as though K.A.B.O.S.H. was meant to be a strictly rock album with no guest features, especially not from the likes of Rick Ross or Jay-Z. The rock project has definitely become very important to the fans, and it’s clear how invested they are in it after waiting nearly six years. The question then becomes, is Tech N9ne alienating his fans by ignoring their expectations of K.A.B.O.S.H.? Or is Tech creating his perfect vision of K.A.B.O.S.H. no matter what anyone thinks?

The problem behind projects like K.A.B.O.S.H. is that after years of anticipation, they can build an almost unreachable level of expectation that will never be met. With little to no actual material released from K.A.B.O.S.H., with the exception of a track, the fans’ imaginations are what have built their idea of K.A.B.O.S.H. The truth is, aside from Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko, no one really knows what K.A.B.O.S.H. is suppose to sound like in the end. Tech has publicly stated that he would like the album to transcend the stereotypical rap/rock genre, and instead challenge him to write real music. Running the risk of being written off as just another rap/rock failed venture, K.A.B.O.S.H. has not only the fans to face, but also the music world.

Tech’s insistence on bringing in Rick Ross and Jay-Z has increased the attention drawn to the project. The choice to reach out to those individuals has puzzled fans who thought K.A.B.O.S.H. would be reserved for alternative rock. So, instead of focusing on the benefits of the features, the fans have attacked Tech’s decision citing their belief that neither MC could deliver on such an album. Still, there must be a reason why Tech would pick out Rick Ross and Jay-Z of all people. It is after all a common fact that Tech N9ne will not collaborate with anyone unless he feels the music calls their name. As the mind behind the entire thing, Tech N9ne should know better than anyone, yes, even the fans, who or what belongs on K.A.B.O.S.H. Jay-Z is one of the most recognizable names in music of the last decade. His influence in hip hop is immeasurable, and thanks to a critically acclaimed mash up project with Linkin Park, he has already shown that he can adapt to the world of rock. Meanwhile, Rick Ross has become one of the hottest MCs in modern hip hop. From radio to television, his Maybach Music Group has grown into a worldwide brand in music. While some may not consider Ross to be a lyrical mastermind, his work with production team J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League has earned him praise for its unique instrumentation and ability to expand Ross’ capabilities as an MC. Like it or not, these two artists are well versed in the game of “real music”, and should have no problem finding their place on something like K.A.B.O.S.H.

Seemingly closer than ever, K.A.B.O.S.H. now commands the Strange Music world’s full attention. Tech N9ne has confirmed that once he wraps up work on Strangeland: Collabos, he will move on to the long awaited rock album. Whether Rick Ross or Jay-Z actually end up on K.A.B.O.S.H. remains to be seen, but for those more concerned about guest features, perhaps K.A.B.O.S.H. will never meet their expectations. While Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko, and Dirty Wormz prepare to give fans the absolute best they have to offer, there are those who have lost hope in the project ever reaching the vision they hold for it. In that sense, they are slowly destroying K.A.B.O.S.H. for themselves.

-Victor Sandoval, Assistant Editor Strange Music

Follow Victor on Twitter: @VicMSandoval

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  • TheD

    I can’t wait for K.A.B.O.S.H. I’ve been a Tech N9NE fan since Everready, and I’ll admit that I was nervous about Lil Wayne and Snoop Dogg and T-Pain being on All 6s and 7s. They did alright. If people can’t stand Rick Ross’s part or Jay-z’s part, they can fast-forward through them. I do wish that Krizz Kaliko had T-Pain’s part on “F*** Food” but still…  Tech knows what he’s doing. He’s shown that through 12 albums, 2EPs, a compilation, and a mixtape.

  • Gitstupidnunz

    tech n9ne itchmade fuck you if you do a song with a c.o. you have never been locked up but they are bitchmade individuals

  • XiS

    Keep that “little pills” style and the album will do fine regardless on features hell feature me. When I slip ya a demo kaliko better not use it as a coaster haha.

  • People really dislike Rick Ross that much for the whole C.O. thing? There’s no looking past that?

  • H_aggard17

    I cannot wait for K.A.B.O.S.H.s album!! I love Little Pills and look forward to hearing more. Tec N9ne is my favorite rapper and Krizz Kaliko easily takes 2nd place. As for JayZ and Rick Ross, I would love to hear them ona Tech track! Whoever wrote this article I love the way you put it “Tech N9ne will not collaberate with anyone unless he feels the music calls their name” I completely agree

  • Weed_burglar

    people complained about lil wayne cuz they dont like him. people are complaining about rick ross cuz they dont like him. there were a ton of features on a6&7, and i only heard people complain about lil wayne, maybe a few snoop dogg’s(which turned out to be right). people who like waynes music, dont like tech’s. people who like tech’s music, dont like waynes. Song turned out to be pretty good, but not because of wayne.  t-pain and kaliko kill the hook. wayne just talkin about fuckin, which any rapper can do. ross is the flavor of the month. and as with wayne, people who listen to tech dont listen to ross. and it seems like everytime the FANS dont agree with SM, you guys get all defensive and say the fans are turning on tech. we like what we like and thats TECH, not wayne, not jay-z, and definitley not ross.   tech’s fans should be able to have their opinions without SM putting them down. no fans, no SM. why would you go away from the style of music that has made him successful(not talkin about kabosh). a6&7 didnt make tech popular, the features didnt make it a hit,it was the shit that came before it that made everyone want to buy his new shit.

  • I can’t wait for Kabosh to drop, STRAAAAANGE!

  • Mattgargus

    You make good points and I’m not dogging your opinion, but at the end of the day it’s still Tech’s music. Like the other guy said, skip Jay and Ross if you don’t like what they do. Jay I can easily see on a rock album, I’m iffy on Ross but we’ll see. I for one am a hip-hop fan who became a Technician out of respect for his insane lyrical ability. I also happen to enjoy music from Jay-Z, Eminem, Kanye West, and several other mainstream artists many of Tech’s fans dislike. But I also happen to enjoy King Gordy, Brotha Lynch Hung, and Prozak. There is no one type of Tech fan and like Tech says, if he did one thing, we’d all agree, because he’d only attract one type of fan. But he does all kinds of stuff and so the fans are bound to balk at certain things he says and does. But at the end of the day we have to respect Tech N9ne is an artist and it should be obvious to us at this point that he knows what he’s doing and he still cares about us–even if we don’t like everything he does.

  • Mkirkpatri02

    lol at fans that think they know more then Tech when it comes to making his music.

  • Nate Lumi

    I’ve always liked Jay-Z but I’m iffy with Rick Ross. Tech seems like the perfect fit for a rock album. And if he knows what he’s doing then I have no doubt that it will be good.

  • Danny Blythe

    Nice. So true, I’m not sure why fans disappoint themselves by making expectations on music they haven’t even heard! True fans trust the artist.

    *In response to Weed_burglar:
    Its commonplace for long-time fans to assume that they are the sole reason for an artists success…Couldn’t be further from the truth. In all reality, it is the work put in by an artist and his team that grow a fanbase. Growing the fanbase is what the business aspect of music is all about. I’ve noticed that too many fans here on Facebook and in the Strangeland group on Facebook that are long-time fans tend to pull the negativity of Techs music out. Its like they are missing the underlying positive message of the music. And if I’m wrong about a positive message, I know I’m right about the realistic message. That Tech wants to grow his impact, and to do that it takes money. Money equals a larger fanbase. New fans do not only want the new music! They want the old stuff too, and loyal fans already have most or all of it! So I say stay loyal, the people, music, and experiences that influence Tech’s music will always change. So why wouldn’t you want to continue that journey with an artist you respect? “Evil peers outta my life, I never wanna see you yea!”

  • Danny Blythe

    Nice. So true, I’m not sure why fans disappoint themselves by making expectations on music they haven’t even heard! True fans trust the artist.

    *In response to Weed_burglar:
    Its commonplace for long-time fans to assume that they are the sole reason for an artists success…Couldn’t be further from the truth. In all reality, it is the work put in by an artist and his team that grow a fanbase. Growing the fanbase is what the business aspect of music is all about. I’ve noticed that too many fans here on Facebook and in the Strangeland group on Facebook that are long-time fans tend to pull the negativity of Techs music out. Its like they are missing the underlying positive message of the music. And if I’m wrong about a positive message, I know I’m right about the realistic message. That Tech wants to grow his impact, and to do that it takes money. Money equals a larger fanbase. New fans do not only want the new music! They want the old stuff too, and loyal fans already have most or all of it! So I say stay loyal, the people, music, and experiences that influence Tech’s music will always change. So why wouldn’t you want to continue that journey with an artist you respect? “Evil peers outta my life, I never wanna see you yea!”

  • Bukkake_eyce

    I seriously don’t give a single fuck who Tech decides to collab with and neither should you fair weather fans. In the end it’s Techs decision, not yours. You should be happy that he is giving you new tracks.

    loyal techn9cian till I die. Fuck all of you bitch made fair weather fucks.

  • CiNo

    Nope. lol jk. i dislike him because of the past 20 songs he’s released in the last couple of months have the SAME EXACT BEAT!  I’ll admit, Teflon Don and Deeper Than Rap were not horrible. They were alright albums. And fuck it, if he’s on K.A.B.O.S.H., I could deal with it. It doesn’t change the fact that he is below-average.
    BTW, I think getting Jay-Z on it is brilliant though. Jay-Z can definitely do it. Hope he does end up on it.

  • Ass Hat

    The first time Tech ever confirmed Dirty Wormz was in 2009. It was a conversation he was having with me in the bus during a stop in Little Rock in November, then he mentioned the band during a phone interview he had with “The Professor” Mike Jordan on a local radio station the same day.

  • Mattgargus

    The Professor is my dude! I forgot about that interview.

  • Oozie Milla

    Tech N9NE lives within all of us
    RECOGNIZE

  • wawa

    Fuck Rick Ross. Snake ass prison guard

  • GD is gunning for Rick Ross. I know tech won’t get involved in that but idc either way just drop kabosh lol

  • rollinstoned242

    Im ready, cant wait.. it will come hard no matter whats. 1st comes Strangeland!!

  • I dont dislike rick ross because of the whole C.O. thing. I dislike Rick Ross because the guy is just plain garbage. Regarding the C.O. thing btw, I could care less what you did in the past, gangbanger, kindergarten teacher, fluffer etc. I follow my favorite artists for the music they put out plain and simple.

  • Bad Finger Productions

    your new pic looks alot like the one i did a few months back… nice job! cheers to bein STRANGE!! m/

  • My only opinion is that: It’s Tech He do what he wanna and and how he want to do it

  • Naterzzzz

    DGAF!! Bring on the K.A.B.O.S.H.!!!!!!! The pros (Tech/Krizz) know what they’re doin’!

  • juggalo j

    don’t destroy kabosh, there are still those true loyal F.A.N.S. that’s wants to hear this shit, no matter who’s on it. Tech knows what he’s doing and has got my full confidence, he will make more beautiful music. MCL stay true and keep it wicked.

  • Chiefin

    Not once have I ever had anything bad to say involving Tech, but seriously, Rick Ross? The C.O. thing doesn’t matter one bit, it’s the fact that he is a fucking horrible lyricist. For those guys all they can come up with is “My bitch bad lookin like a bag of money.” and shit like that. Everyone talking shit about Wayne is pretty retarded,Wayne is a great lyricist, but when you put out as many tracks as him, of course everyone is gonna have some they don’t like. But again, Rick Ross is far from an MC. Tech is an MC. I think Luda said it best when he said “MC means move the crowd,” and sorry, the only crowd moving Rick Ross is gonna do is if he tries to crowd surf, then they’ll move out the way.

  • MajorJayy

    i dont give a fuck if he used to be a c.o. or not. he just sucks. his image is lame and stupid and hes not a good rapper at all. “maybach music entertainment” WTF?! i have to say though that i like jay-z and i actually wouldnt mind hearing him on kabosh

  • Another

    For real? Rick fucking Ross? Gtfo, This shit is retarded. I came to hear and see tech n9ne. Not this silly shit.

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