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Tech N9ne Says He Won’t Take His Face Paint Off For ‘Any Amount Of Money’

Published: October 10, 2013 in Tech N9ne by

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Tech N9ne ain’t going to change a damn thing about what he’s done to earn the title of The King Of Independent Hip Hop, so don’t think otherwise.

In an interview with the Minneapolis City Pages, Tech N9ne answers what is sure to be an often-asked questions from peers and fans alike: “Are you ever going to stop painting your face?” Tech resoundingly answers “Hell nah” when speaking to the publication:

Do you think there was a time five years ago that you could’ve put out a goofy dance song and hit the mainstream earlier?

[laughing] I would never conform for any amount of money. I would never take my face paint off for any amount of money just because I scare certain people. That’s just the kind of person I am. Yeah, I could’ve possibly conformed, but that’s never been in my makeup. Tech N9ne has always done party tracks like “Caribou Lou,” “Planet Rock 2k,” and “KCT” and so on, but I do them my way. I don’t do it to fit any mold. I think that’s why a lot of rock artists and the hip- hop artists respect me, and I love them as well for recognizing real.

Keep it Strange.

Click here to read the entire interview.


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  • How would you feel if Tech N9ne performed without his face paint?

Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • Mitch

    I thought that he wore it in honor of his best friend who died Brian Dennis? Didn’t Brian used to paint his face. I’m confused.

  • j@ker

    Yes,and that’s one of the main reasons why he’ll never stop doing it out of memoriam.

  • Mitch

    Alright, was just confused because he did not mention it in response.

  • Corey


  • Jon Mathews (Jonnie Smallz)

    Tech is Tech and Tech is AWESOME! ^S^ STRANGE MUSIC BABY ^S^

  • Kemical Grim

    Tech is Tech. The paint doesn’t define him, he defines the paint! Whether he chooses to paint his face or not does not change who he is.

  • StrangeJhawk

    Guess I never really thought about how much a signature it is of Tech’s. The last thing I’ve ever really worried about at a Tech show is his face paint. Out of 25+ shows I can’t remember any specific face paint or really thought about it. I can remember rolling so hard at a KMK show at the Beaumont I thought I was going to passout So I found a bar stool by the ramp on the side of the stage. As I was trying to catch my breath the guy next to me asked if I was alright, look up and it was Tech. Talked to him for a couple min then it was time for his surprise appearance for City 2 City. In those 2 min there must of been 75 people that just walked right by and didn’t even notice him. Things prolly woulda been different if he would of had his face painted.

  • Zach

    KISS thought that was a good idea once too….well we all know how well that went and now they are back to the way they started.


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