“Fusion is the future,” said Kanye West. With that being said, the future is now, evidenced by the music of Tech N9ne.
Ever quick to bend genres, defy conventions and leave expectations in the dust, Tech N9ne has always been ahead of his time when it comes to music. Songs like “Wither” from Special Effects are a testament to this ability to always be ahead of the curve. The rap-metal hybrid features a performance from a rapper unlike any the world has ever seen, and while rap-metal has been done before, never has it been done like this.
In an interview with Loudwire, Tech N9ne addresses the strategy behind collaborations like “Wither”. What would normally ostracize a fan base that are used to a certain sound, the song is letting people know that the possibilities are endless when it comes to music.
When I do a song with Corey [Taylor], it’s strategic. For one, I’m a big fan, but I’m trying to make a statement. When I do the s–t with Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz, I’m trying to make a statement. It’s all me; I’m the king, the clown and the G. I’m three dimensional, I can do everything. I’m the complete technique of rhyme, I don’t have no boundaries. I’m looking for Gary Clark Jr. on my next album, dude. I’m looking for Clarence Greenwood of Citizen Cope. I’m looking to work with Kylie Budge. I’ve been talking to Rob Trujillo, he played some s–t for me, we got a song together. I want the whole band [Metallica] now. [Laughs] They said they warm up to “Einstein.” I’m like, ‘What?!’ I’m trying to make a statement my n-ggas, beautiful music to bring people together, man. Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson.
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