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‘There’s Nobody Cooler Than Krizz’ – Tech N9ne Gives His Favorites From ‘GO’ [SM Exclusive]

Published: April 4, 2016 in Krizz Kaliko, Tech N9ne by

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Just days away from the release of Krizz Kaliko’s GO, Tech N9ne gives some insight into the features he was part of. In this exclusive interview, Tech also hints at some potential huge name collaborations in the works.

Krizz put you on four features on this album. What can you tell me about those songs? How did they come about?

Some of the songs were inspired by me. With “Behave”, something had happened in my life, and the way he came with it was just perfect. I had to rap on that one because I know the story like nobody else does (laughs).

I begged to be on “No Love”, because when I first heard the track, it sounded like something that Seven should have sent Eminem. When I heard “No Love”, I said, “Seven, you should’ve sent Em that one – he would’ve killed that one”. Krizz ended up picking it though, and it fits him well. I wanted to rap on that one; I played the role of God talking to the world on it. They always have it put together before they present it to me. When I heard it, it was massive already, then I put my two cents on it.

The rap shit that he’s got on there, “Orangutan” is elite. It has all of us on it. It has Krizz on it for two verses, and then after Krizz’s two verses, you’d think there would only be room for one more verse, but NO! There are two verses from Krizz that are chopper style, then there’s a small verse from me, JL, Wrekonize, CES Cru, and Rittz. Man! That’s colossal!

He’s also got some very emotional songs on there.

Oh yeah. Songs like “Wallflower”, I really like that one a lot. Him and Seven had the beat, he played it for me, and said, “I hear you on this one”. In “Wallflower”, I’m talking from a perspective of a kid that’s not cool. [Sings lyrics from “Wallflower”] “I just hold this wall up while everybody wants to be you”. “How does it feel to win every time?” It’s Krizz talking to people that are cool.

With him having Vitiligo, maybe the beautiful people didn’t pay attention to him when they teased him. [Sings] “All that cool stuff, y’all can have that. Imma just be this flower on the wall, and when it’s time for me to break out, Imma be the cool one.” Now, there’s nobody cooler than Krizz. Fuck everybody. He’s cooler than me. You seen that new hat he got?

I need that hat. Any personal favorites on this album?

Dude, that whole album can be played nonstop, on repeat. You’ve got songs like “Big FU” that are massive. When you have a party at the house, you play it like a hundred times. It’s just a really nice album.

It’s one of the those albums you don’t want to end.

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Anything you want to say about music you’re currently working on?

I just did a new one. I have one to record that I’d like to pitch to Alabama Shakes. I’ll be writing one that I want to send Jay-Z after that. I have to finish one I have called “Mind Cuff” today. I want to send that one to Chris Brown for a chorus.

After I do those three, I have a new one that Mackenzie did for me. There’s one that Seven is doing with a Doors-feel for the last song on the album. I’ve got the EP with Marcus Yates called Orbit and we’ve only got a few days. I know Marcus Yates is stressed out and I’m like, don’t worry about it because when the music hits, it’s going to hit hard. You’re going to have to move quick. Even if we have to do some of it on the road.

I’m a little stressed about the face paint thing because it’s starting to take too much time. It takes two hours to complete. I’ve got to think of something different. I don’t want to depend on people anymore to do my face paint. I want a mask for every day of the week. A  mask that’s durable enough to where I can move my mouth and it looks like the worldly angel. I reached out to Slipknot’s camp but I think that the time that I let them know was too late for their mask people to do.

The music, I’m not really stressed out about. I’m a little stressed about all the new songs I’ve got on the show, but not too stressed. I’ve got songs on there I’ve never done live before.

  • What’s your favorite track from ‘GO’?
  • Which potential collaboration are you most excited for?

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  • Lucifer Baphomet

    So Tech N9ne is officially saying that he hopes that his artists will go mainstream and be received by universal audiences “how they’re supposed to” which translated means that they attain great commercial success. Okay fine, fair enough. But from this point forward I don’t want to hear anymore of this “Tech will never go mainstream, The mainstream will go Tech” bullshit, because he clearly doesn’t care what the majority of his fanbase have to say about his questionable new signings simply because he sees their potential to breakthrough to enormous success and create prosperous financial gain. I’m not talking about Mackenzie, she’s obviously going to have a spot on the roster regardless as an heir to the label. Also all that aside, I’m honestly a fan of Mackenzie’s work thus far. There is a huge difference. I’m speaking of Darrein Safron, Above Waves, etc.

    This is a direct quote of Tech N9ne’s interview addressing his new signings.
    “So, how do I respond to people saying Strange going mainstream? I hope one of them DOES go mainstream. I hope the world receives Mackenzie like they’re supposed to. I hope people receive Krizz Kaliko’s new album like it’s supposed to be received, on a major scale.”

    This clearly indicates that Tech N9ne is genuinely hoping that each of his acts including himself are able to reach a level of mainstream success and will do everything in his power to ensure that this happens including signing artists who are no longer technical lyricists but rather catchy pop vocalists who further propagate the ignorant messages that the mainstream radio salivates over. Just listen to Darrein Safron’s actual lyrics and tell me if he belongs on Strange Music, a label who prides themselves on elite inspiring lyricism?

    Tech seems to think that anybody who is a vocalist (or an excuse for one) is automatically creating the same soulful inspiring R&B/Soul music that Krizz Kaliko has been making for years. That is incredibly shallow narrow-minded logic at best and truly is insulting to the authentic R&B/Soul artists who are leaps and bounds more worthy of a spot on Strange Music than a laughable Bieber-esque Darrein Safron. What Tech N9ne isn’t understanding is the real gripe that the true longtime fans have with artists such as this. It isn’t that he can’t “sing his ass off” as Tech likes to put it. It’s that his lyrical content is absolute hot garbage, point blank. The fact that he relies on sideways marketing techniques and vocal effects that are played out only further take away from the apparent talent that we are supposed to be focusing on.

    Now don’t misunderstand what I’m saying here, Tech. You can absolutely sign new artists from every single genre ever known to man if you should so please but before you do, make sure that they actually fit with the creed and soul of your label. Yes, music is subjective and tastes vary. So how will you know? Well, you are a master lyricist who prides himself on surrounding himself with other top notch master lyricists. Saying “FUCK YOU!” to what everyone else is doing for commercial success and simply making the best quality music. That’s the Strange Music spirit. That not only applies to Hip-Hop/Rap but also Alternative Rock, R&B/Soul, Pop, and so on and so forth. You simply need to ensure that whoever you sign from whatever genre truly fits the bill of an elite inspiring lyricist.

    Tech N9ne saying fuck the fans who don’t like these new acts that he’s signed is an absolute slap in the face to anyone who’s attended those sold out shows, bought every single one of those pressed out albums, and paid over three times the normal amount of money to go to a meet and greet to shake his hand and praise his artistry. So you can either pride yourself on owning a label that’s putting out the best quality music from the most elite technical lyricists or you can simply say that you are trying to sign new acts to expand your musical horizon with hopes in one day reaching massive mainstream success. But you cannot have it both ways, Tech. It’s either one or the other. Trying to persuade the fans that you can play both sides of the fence and still remain sincere and genuine is simply an enormous disservice to all the people who have actually supported you from day one.

    I Love You But Fuck You,

    A Longtime Fan Who’s Very Disappointed


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