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.
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.