TECH N9NE Releases New Lyric Video for ‘I.L.L. (I Like Ladies)’

TECH N9NE is teaming up with Loudwire.com and TheBoomBox.com for an exclusive double premiere of his new lyric video for ‘I.L.L. (I Like Ladies)’. This is the first wide release of the track, and can be viewed at this link on Loudwire and this link on TheBoomBox.

 

Tech offers, “I knew I wanted to do a party track for this EP and what better way than to give it up to the best gift god gave us, women. I said “God did us a solid when it created vagina”, you know? I’m telling a story about lesbians and how much I love women. It came together better than I thought it would. I love it.”

 

Late last year, TECH N9NE released the highly-anticipated new Therapy EP, which features new singles ‘Hiccup’ and ‘Public School’. During its first week of release, Therapy landed within the Top 5 on both the iTunes and Amazon Hip-Hop/Rap charts.Therapy is produced by legendary rock producer Ross Robinson (Korn, Slipknot) and features top-notch musicians such as renowned metal guitarist Wes Borland and Glassjaw’s Sammy Siegler. Order your copy now via iTunes at this link!

 

Since first bursting on to the scene in 1990, TECH N9NE has risen through the ranks to become the most successful independent rapper. He’s sold over two million records, garnered universal critical acclaim, scored a gold record for the single ‘Caribou Lou’, been sought out for collaborations by everybody from Lil Wayne to Five Finger Death Punch, and packed venues worldwide. TECH’s latest studio album Something Else debuted #4 on Billboard 200 this past August, and was just named in Forbes’ Hip-Hop Cash Kings alongside Sean “Diddy” CombsDr. Dre and Jay-Z.  Forbes also gave an exclusive look into TECH N9NE and Strange Music’s indie empire in this breakout feature (check it out here).

 

 

For more information on TECH N9NE, please visit these locations:

 

Web: www.TheRealTechN9ne.com

Twitter: @TechN9ne

Facebook: www.facebook.com/therealTechN9ne

Instagram: @TheRealTechN9ne

Therapeutic Rap-Rock: Tech N9ne’s Nu-Metal Mystery

Aaron Dontez Yates, best known for his work as rapper Tech N9ne, has always had a habit of sneaking his way outside of the hip-hop genre and mixing in with rock and metal genres; it’s become one of his most appealing features. He’s a verbose and skilled rapper, but it’s his desire to experiment that has earned him so much attention from so many different genres. Therapy is Tech N9ne’s latest adventure, a return to the ancient art of nu-metal. The fact that Yates is moving into this territory is something that simply must be noted. Despite continued support from genre mainstays like Korn and Limp Bizkit, the nu-metal genre is practically abandoned. Deftones departed back in 2000 with the spacey White Pony, while Linkin Park discarded their nu-metal influences after 2003’s Meteora. So why in the world would Tech N9ne dive into a genre that’s barely alive? His logic behind the decision is still fuzzy, but what’s even more notable is how Yates is able to inject a shot of adrenaline to this otherwise drained subgenre.

With nu-metal producer Ross Robinson on board, Tech N9ne’s newest EP is bursting with heaviness and weighted groove. It’s a clear throwback to the late 90’s-early 2000’s era of metal, and as an effort to breathe new life into that struggling subgenre, Therapy is actually a remarkable success. “Hiccup” is a record-scratching blitz that takes hardcore rap and mixes it with clamoring beats and chugging riffs: it’s a track that’s chock full with intensity and it’s a highlight on the album. However, other songs on the EP don’t work out as well. “Public School” sounds like something ripped right from a mid-era Korn album (with a guttural yell sounding eerily similar to the start of Korn’s single, “Blind”). The first few songs on the album tend to pride themselves on nu-metal tropes like beefed-up rhythms, but without much refinement. But overall, despite some very impressive performances, Therapy still has a persistently dated vibe. If you don’t have a history listening to early nu-metal like self-titled-era Korn or Adrenaline-era Deftones, it’ll be very hard to see what the big deal is. Still, for an album rooted in a near-obsolete subgenre, Therapy is still an admirable work.

The songs that move away from the nu-metal trappings are also very well done. “I.L.L.” is a smashing hitter with a club-metal vibe over Tech N9ne’s rapping, while the heavy, but gloomy “Stop the Sailor” closes out the album with panache. Vocalist Caroline Dupuy Heerwagen’s performance on the hypnotic “Shame on Me” is stellar (though it’s the only guest appearance that really stands out). Therapy’s best feature is still Tech N9ne’s rapping, which hasn’t lost its luster. You won’t hear as much rapid-fire chopper rapping like in All 6’s and 7’s, but his rhymes are still intelligently constructed and poetically lyricized. His creative use of rhythms has earned him critical acclaim over the years and his rhythmic prowess is still very prevalent on Therapy. It’s just in a more subdued form.

Tech N9ne’s courage to break out of the rap genre is admirable, though his decision to revitalize nu-metal with Ross Robinson on board isn’t without its issues. The less-than-stellar songs feel overworked and claustrophobic; the beats are too heavy and a bit too cacophonous to bring out that perverse magic of nu-metal. But even during the weakened moments, Therapy has a good amount of things to love. It’s still a fine example of Tech N9ne’s versatile skill as a musician with a lot of cleverly implemented and substantial hooks. While the album will more than likely be appreciated by classic nu-metal fans the most, anyone who has followed Tech N9ne’s rap discography from the start will still find his skill to be as razor-sharp as ever. It’s not Yates’ best work, but considering his more-than-impressive track record, Therapy is still an interesting listen.

TECH N9NE and VICE Noisey Unleash a Brand New “Making Of ‘Therapy EP'” Video, Featuring Track-By-Track Descriptions by TECH Himself

Today, TECH N9NE is releasing a brand new “Making Of Therapy EP” video, exclusively with VICE Noisey. The video features personal conversations with Tech set in a track-by-track format, and also features behind-the-scenes footage from the ‘Hiccup’ music video and producer Ross Robinson’s studio.

 

Take a look at the “Making Of” video here: http://noisey.vice.com/blog/tech-n9ne-making-of-therapy

 

Last week, Rolling Stone teamed up with TECH N9NE to unleash the brand new music video for ‘Hiccup’, directed by Anthony Devera. Check out the video now via the official Strange Music Inc. YouTube page: http://youtu.be/mMD5JcEsLwc

 

Thanks to his loyal Technicians, TECH N9NE won The Boom Box’s Underground Kings competition, after blazing through a bracket that originally included 32 of indie rap and underground hip-hop’s top artists! Thanks to all of you who voted!

 

Early last month, TECH N9NE released the highly-anticipated new Therapy EP, which features new singles ‘Hiccup’ and ‘Public School’. During its first week of release, Therapy landed within the Top 5 on both the iTunes and Amazon Hip-Hop/Rap charts.Therapy is produced by legendary rock producer Ross Robinson (Korn, Slipknot) and features top-notch musicians such as renowned metal guitarist Wes Borland and Glassjaw’s Sammy Siegler. Order your copy now via iTunes at this link!

 

 

TECH N9NE recently teamed up with world-renowned metal vocalist Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) to release their track ‘Straight Out The Gate’. Check out the music video here: http://youtu.be/t4kkzsRJObE                                          

 

Since first bursting on to the scene in 1990, TECH N9NE has risen through the ranks to become the most successful independent rapper. He’s sold over two million records, garnered universal critical acclaim, scored a gold record for the single ‘Caribou Lou’, been sought out for collaborations by everybody from Lil Wayne to Five Finger Death Punch, and packed venues worldwide. TECH’s latest studio album Something Else debuted #4 on Billboard 200 this past August, and was just named in Forbes’ Hip-Hop Cash Kings alongside Sean “Diddy” CombsDr. Dre and Jay-Z.  Forbes also gave an exclusive look into TECH N9NE and Strange Music’s indie empire in this breakout feature (check it out here).

 

 

For more information on TECH N9NE, please visit these locations:

 

Web: www.TheRealTechN9ne.com

Twitter: @TechN9ne

Facebook: www.facebook.com/therealTechN9ne

Instagram: @TheRealTechN9ne

TECH N9NE and MTV Reveal an Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Look at the Upcoming ‘Hiccup’ Music Video

New Aggressive, Instrument-Driven EP Therapy OUT NOW — Features the Musical Talents of WES BORLAND and GLASSJAW’s SAMMY SIEGLER, Produced by Legendary Rock Producer Ross Robinson (KORN, SLIPKNOT)

TECH N9NE and MTV are teaming up to reveal an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming music video for ‘Hiccup’. The video, which includes performance footage, one-on-one conversations with Tech and music video director Anthony Devera, and much more, can be viewed here at TECH N9NE’s MTV Artist page: www.mtv.com/artists/tech-n9ne/

 

The official music video for ‘Hiccup’ is scheduled for worldwide release within the next few weeks.

 

Thanks to the support of his loyal Technicians, TECH N9NE made it to the final round of TheBoomBox.com’s “Underground Kings” competition! This week, Tech is battling Immortal Technique for the win. Vote now as the current round ends tomorrow (November 20th) at 3:59PM Eastern time.

 

Before you log-off, check out CraveOnline.com’s new video interview with TECH N9NE and Therapy producer Ross Robinson here, as well as another Therapy duo interview via LA Music Blog, here.

 

On Tuesday, November 5thTECH N9NE released the highly-anticipated new Therapy EP, which features new singles ‘Hiccup’ and ‘Public School’. During its first week of release, Therapy landed within the Top 5 on both the iTunes and Amazon Hip-Hop/Rap charts. Therapy is produced by legendary rock producer Ross Robinson (Korn, Slipknot) and features top-notch musicians such as renowned metal guitarist Wes Borland and Glassjaw’s Sammy Siegler. Order your copy now via iTunes at this link!

TECH N9NE recently teamed up with world-renowned metal vocalist Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) to release their track ‘Straight Out The Gate’. Check out the music video here: http://youtu.be/t4kkzsRJObE                                          

 

Since first bursting on to the scene in 1990, TECH N9NE has risen through the ranks to become the most successful independent rapper. He’s sold over two million records, garnered universal critical acclaim, scored a gold record for the single ‘Caribou Lou’, been sought out for collaborations by everybody from Lil Wayne to Five Finger Death Punch, and packed venues worldwide. TECH’s latest studio album Something Else debuted #4 on Billboard 200 this past August, and was just named in Forbes’ Hip-Hop Cash Kings alongside Sean “Diddy” CombsDr. Dre and Jay-Z.  Forbes also gave an exclusive look into TECH N9NE and Strange Music’s indie empire in this breakout feature (check it out here).

 

 

For more information on TECH N9NE, please visit these locations:

 

Web: www.TheRealTechN9ne.com

Twitter: @TechN9ne

Facebook: www.facebook.com/therealTechN9ne

Instagram: @TheRealTechN9ne

 

Crossover Rap Phenom TECH N9NE to Release Aggressive New Metal-Tinged EP “Therapy”

TECH N9NE might be the hardest-working rapper on the planet.” – Rolling Stone

New Track ‘Hiccup’ Streaming NOW via RollingStone.com

 

Listen to ‘Hiccup’ HERE

Therapy means something different to everybody. For some, it involves sitting in an overpriced shrink’s office and lamenting life’s trials and tribulations for an hour. For others, it’s as simple as swinging a golf club or hitting a punching bag. As with everything, TECH N9NE possesses his own perception of therapy, and that’s codified in his new metal-tinged, aggressive 11-track 2013 EP,Therapy, hitting stores November 5th via Strange Music. You can pre-order Therapy via iTunes at this link.

 

Since first bursting on to the scene in 1990, TECH N9NE has risen through the ranks to become the most successful independent rapper. He’s sold over two million records, garnered universal critical acclaim, scored a gold record for the single ‘Caribou Lou’, been sought out for collaborations by everybody from Lil Wayne to Five Finger Death Punch, and packed venues worldwide.TECH’s latest studio album Something Else debuted #4 on Billboard 200 this past August, and was just named in Forbes’ Hip-Hop Cash Kings alongside Sean “Diddy” CombsDr. Dre and Jay-Z.  Forbes also gave an exclusive look into TECH N9NE and Strange Music’s indie empire in this breakout feature (check it out here).

 

Therapy is produced by legendary rock producer Ross Robinson (Korn, Slipknot) to achieve a hard-hitting, instrument-driven sound unlike anything else he’d previously done over the course of thirteen full-length studio albums. Top-notch musicians such as Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit and Glassjaw’s Sammy Siegler built the sonic foundation for many of the tracks alongside longtime producer Seven’s beats.

 

Therapy track listing:

1. The Ghost (Therapy Skit One)                          

2.  Public School (featuring Krizz Kaliko)                       

3.  Head Now (featuring Bernz & Wrekonize)

4.  Hiccup

5.  Therapy Skit Two                           

6.  Shame on Me (featuring Caroline Dupuy Heerwagen)

7.  Jacob Wells Message (skit)                        

8.  When Demons Come (featuring Tyler Lyon)

9.  Therapy Skit Three                         

10. I.L.L.                                                                                    

11. Stop the Sailor

 

 

To celebrate Therapy, TECH N9NE is teaming up with RollingStone.com today to bring you the brand new track ‘Hiccup’, in which according to Rolling Stone, “…TECH N9NE launches aggressive boasts between distorted riffs and ballistic arena-metal drums.” Take a listen to ‘Hiccup’ at this link.

 

“[Hiccup] came to me in a dream,” states TECH. “The beat has a punkish feel. There are certain things I wanted to touch on with that song like Charles Ramsey. It’s about evil people in the world who think they’re going to get away with bad things, but there’s always a hiccup in their plans because evil shall not prevail over angels. These ideas were on my mind—whether it’s the horrible stories you hear or things as strange as Twitter beefs. I’m proud of it.”

Like all effective sessions, this one saw the Kansas City rapper physically and creatively stepping outside of his comfort zone in order to achieve the best results. Instead of holing up at his own home studio and Strange Music HQ, he flew out to Los Angeles and stayed at a waterfront Venice Beach hotel mere steps away from the studio.

 

With only two weeks booked, TECH immediately immersed himself within Robinson’s unique “treatment” program. In the morning, he would sit on the producer’s roof or on an abandoned couch in the sand and stare out at the water, dictating rhymes or scribbling them on his pad. Then, in the studio, every emotion would be cut to tape.

 

Every step of the process proved equally frightening and fulfilling for the artist. “I was always against going to psychiatrists,” he admits. “I’m usually my own psychiatrist. Music is therapeutic for me.  However, I went to one, and his name was Ross Robinson. We would just talk in the studio. It was super uncomfortable initially. A lot of your raw thoughts are embarrassing. I don’t typically share like that in front of anybody. Ross made me pull those out in front of him. He talked to me in a different way.”

 

“I want fans to enjoy it on that level, adds TECH. “We did it outside of my comfort zone and outside of Strange Music. This is raw instruments. It’s a thrill for me. I don’t think this is going to be my last Therapy session with Ross Robinson.”

 

In support of Therapy, TECH N9NE is touring the United States through October and into November. See below for all currently confirmed tour dates.

 

TECH N9NE on the SOMETHING ELSE TOUR 2013

10/10 – Fargo, ND @ Best Western Doublewood Inn

10/11 – St. Paul, MN @ Myth

10/12 – West Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom

10/13 – Fort Wayne, IN @ IPFW Rhinehart Auer Hall

10/14 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave/Eagles Club

10/15 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoes

10/16 – Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa

10/17 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore

10/18 – Cleveland, OH @ The Agora

10/19 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom

10/21 – Worcester, MA @ The Worcester Palladium

10/22 – Providence, RI @ Fete Music

10/23 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club

10/24 – Norfolk, VA @ The Norva

10/25 – Charleston, SC @ Music Farm

10/26 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

10/27 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s

10/28 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s

10/29 – Indianapolis, IN @ Old National Centre

10/30 – Kansas City, MO @ The Midland Theatre by AMC

10/31 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium

11/1 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre

11/2 – Cedar Rapids, IA @ Hawkeye Downs Speedway

 

 

For more information on TECH N9NE, please visit these locations:

 

Web: www.TheRealTechN9ne.com

Twitter: @TechN9ne

Facebook: www.facebook.com/therealTechN9ne

Instagram: @TheRealTechN9ne