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XXL’s 15 Rap Commandments Borrow Lesson From Tech N9ne

Published: August 22, 2012 in Tech N9ne by

XXL 15 Rap Commandments Featuring Tech N9ne

Even rappers have a set of guidelines to live by.

Our friends at XXL have published a new set of commandments – a list of 15 things EVERY artist must do to become and STAY successful in the game.

The commandments range from common sense (hopefully) with “Stay Out Of Jail” and “Think Before You Beef” to the more industry-specific items such as “Don’t Let Your Record Label Be Your Management Company”.

Nestled in the 13th slot is “Perfect Your Live Show” – something ANYBODY who witnessed the Hostile Takeover Tour can attest to as something Tech is indeed a master of. The commandment reads:

There’s a reason Tech N9ne can tour almost all year long: he’s an amazing performer who has earned a rep for tearing down every venue he sets foot in. The days of an R. Kelly hook or a Neptunes beat helping a rapper sell millions of albums are over. Successful artists today are the ones who get out on the road and win fans with their sweat.

The rap gods have spoken.

Click HERE to read all 15 commandments from or check it out in the September 2012 edition of XXL Magazine.


  • Do your favorite artists follow these commandments?

Tell us in the comment section below!

  • Michael

    Theres only one group he’ll open for and he does so every year. Other than that noone can touch him

  • chris

    Who does he open for lol

  • pooples

    his fans!

  • St. Louis stop for hostile takeover was far from “perfect.” I will remain a big tech fan, but I’m probably done going to his shows.

  • James

    I thought you’d say ICP at GOTJ.

  • it is ICP at the Gathering


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