Strange Music’s foundation was built on the shoulders of Tech N9ne. For over a decade, he has worked to make Strange into the number 1 independent hip-hop label in the world, and has done such a great job of creating a elite roster that, while Strange is still his Dominion, he is not the only one who reigns. His hard work has resulted in a roster of artists capable of taking the reigns and driving a project.
Case in point, Dominion.
Case in point Stevie Stone on Dominion.
In our recent interview on Dominion, Tech said, “The label is so elite and we all connect.” Adding, “It’s a good feeling to know that when you send somebody something and you get it back, you smiling like, ‘yeah.'” While his name may “carry” the Collabos series, he was quick to credit the rest of the roster for really bringing their A game and taking Dominion, to a whole other level.
In a more general sense the rest of Strange helped to form the album. As Tech explained, instead of him creating the concepts and the songs, this time they came from the other Strange artists:
The first four I got were from JL, they had all the verses and the choruses. They were all bangin’. I did all four. If someone you really admire sends you four tracks that means get on it. It was a great start. Then I started getting stuff from ¡MAYDAY!, Murs, a couple from Darrein, and Krizz threw some in there. At the end, I got some from Rittz. It was a beautiful experience doing this way.
The impact of other artists on Dominion, wasn’t felt just conceptually either. Even after the concepts had long been formed and even after Tech laid down his verses, it was other artists who served as the catalyst for certain songs. Take Stevie Stone, for example. In our interview, when discussing a few select cuts, Stevie’s name kept coming up:
When Stevie played ‘Angels In The Playground’ for me, with his first verse on it, it gave me chills. ‘Nevermind Me’ too. Stevie Stone brought that record together as well. It’s a crazy collaboration with Mackenzie Nicole, Stevie Stone, and Krizz Kaliko as well. It makes me smile to hear all of us together.
Still, despite playing big roles in the development of “Nevermind Me” and the album’s powerful finale “Angels In The Playground,” Stevie’s biggest influence came on “Put Em On.” Because of Stevie, the cut went from likely not making the album, to being the first release off the album. According to Tech:
I did my verse a while ago and it wasn’t complete to me, so I moved on past that record before I finished it. Then, when I was on my way out to LA they sent it to me with Stone on it…took my last verse that I wasn’t sure about off, put Stone on in his place and it brought the song together.
With all of us being from Missouri, it was perfect. I fell in love with it after Travis sent me the finished product. Like, ‘Okay! I like it all the way now!’ It turned into something and I thought I was going to be incomplete. But, with Darrein on the hook, and Stevie, it worked out. I’m proud of it.
For fans the “Collabos” albums are a fun experience, a rare treat where we get to hear out favorite Strange artist all on the same song, but for the artists, not only is it a chance to compete, but to collaborate; to help shape the direction of a massive album that is full of talent.
It might be “Tech N9ne Collabos” but whether it’s someone bringing an idea or a verse that changes the direction of a song, every artist on Strange has the ability to leave their mark, making the album, and ever arttist on it, that much better in the process. For evidence of that, look no further than Stevie Stone. Himmi!