The Archivest, a Canadian music reporter, got the chance to sit down with Tech N9ne on his Canuck The Industry‘ tour and talk about Tech’s career and new album All 6’s And 7’s.’Tech talks about memorable moments from the long road he’s traveled as the largest independent artist in the world.
Tech starts off with the genesis–Kansas City, Missouri, born and raised. It’s where he got his start with his friends from school, like Big Scoob and the Road Dog Villains.
Tech is clear when he says, “no video, no radio,” when talking about his success without air time. “It’s quality music,” Tech said.
The Archivest asked him questions regarding his multiple albums and stunning collaborations. When asked who he would like to collaborate with in the future he replied with, “Slipknot, System of a Down, Marsha Ambrosius of Floetry, Avenged Sevenfold, Janelle Monae, and Rick Ross.”
The Archivest then asked Tech to describe his various albums, and he explained their uniqueness.
“They change with my life. I write my life, so none of them are the same. None of them are similar. It changes as my life changes. As I learn more, you hear more. As my life progresses, you’ll hear about the progression. You’ll hear about me staying stagnate. You’ll hear me being paranoid of evil coming because there’s so much love right now.”
Tech isn’t hesitant to spit out his age to the world. Most of his fans have been listening to him since middle school, and he gets that, but it doesn’t make him feel “old” one bit.
“I’m getting younger with it the older I get.”
The Archivest then goes on to ask about Tech’s album Killer, which was his first double disc release with a total of 32 tracks.
“Killer was a big thing because I got to work with my idols. Brother J, Ice Cube, Scarface, you know what I mean? Wonderful. People I grew up listening to that made me want to rap.”
Being able to work with his idols, Tech has a special love for that particular album.
“Killer, it holds a special place in my heart.”
As The Archivest touches back on the topic of Tech’s future, Tech talks of doing a rock ‘n’ roll album. He already has some ideas for collaborations on it, but he mentions that the song must speak to him before he will know who is right for the track.
“I’m going to go for Jay-Z and Rick Ross on my rock album.”
Tech talks about the importance of music. That it is a place to escape, and that he, “loves beautiful music.”
“The fans keep coming. That means we’re doing something correct. All we have to do is stay alive to be able see all this, to enjoy the fruits of our labor, and I’m seeing it right before my eyes grow like a forest fire.”
During the interview, The Archivest asks Tech about his crazy tour memories from show. At first, Tech can’t pinpoint one since every show seems to have a crazy story behind it, but finally one comes to mind.
“It was a guy in Minnesota, banging his head on the front of the stage as I was doing “Psycho Bitch”, and he started bleeding. We picked him up and took him to the back and were like, ‘No, we don’t want you to do that to our music. We don’t want you to kill yourself.’ During the intermission we took him back and Krizz Kaliko was like, “Dude, you’re not supposed to kill yourself at our shows! We understand you love our music but don’t kill yourself.’”
Then Tech is asked about his newest album, All 6’s And 7’s. Most Technicians have already found out the meaning behind the album’s name, but for those who are still wondering what it all mean, Tech explains it all in this interview.
“It comes from playing craps, they say if you are all or at 6’s and 7’s that you’re confused or crazy to put that much money on one thing. But when you look it up, the meaning for it is in a state of confusion and disarray. I’ve always been in a state of confusion spiritually wondering if God is listening to my cry when I’m telling him that my mom is damn near dying. I just need to know if my prayer is working, I’m just confused.”
Tech goes on to say that, “Everything is in disarray.” Even bringing up evil acts like 9/11 and the killing of Osama Bin Laden and how we’ve come to celebrate death.
This all leads back to the pledge of a Technician. Tech states,
“The Technicians, I try to teach them love. I don’t expect everyone to follow it or have to feel like they have to do it to be down with this movement, but for the people that do, I appreciate it. I made it out of love and I made it to click us up in the midst of a war. We might need each other one day.”
As the interview comes to a close, The Archivest asks Tech if there are any shout outs he’d like to give before ending. Tech give it to God.
“I shout out to God for giving me the ability to do the things I do lyrically in this game we call hip-hop. Without it, I wouldn’t breathe, I wouldn’t be alive. I wouldn’t have fans so wonderful, people that adore you for what you write.”
Lastly, he closes telling the world:
“It’s been a slow road for Tech N9ne. I wouldn’t want it no other way. Thank God for hip-hop.”
Watch the entire interview below
What do you think of this interview? How well do you think Jay-Z and Rick Ross would fit in on a Tech N9ne rock project?