Artist Spotlight: Tech N9ne
It's hard to make a Tech N9ne playlist unless you're a committed Technician. It's not that the Kansas City rapper hasn't made some great songs during his decade-plus career, but that he spent so much of that time on mainstream rap's margins as he built an audience among fans of rapcore and horrorcore acts, like Insane Clown Posse, Twiztid and Brotha Lynch Hung. It wasn't until 2011's All 6s and 7s that he dropped his first widely recognized underground classic, "Worldwide Choppers," the third chapter of his ongoing "Choppers" posse cut series. (Unfortunately, his two best-sellers, Anghellic and Absolute Power, aren't available here.)
Though far from complete, this sampling of Tech N9ne's work has plenty of bangers, from his widely acclaimed verse on Lil Wayne's "Interlude" to his "If I Could" collaboration with Chino Moreno of the Deftones. In between are super-early cuts like 1998's "Questions" and 1999's "The Worst," a scorching duet with E-40 on "Jellysickle," and a few new cuts from his latest album, Something Else, including "B.I.T.C.H." and "So Dope (They Wanna)."