TECH N9NE FACTS:
Genre: Hip Hop
Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri
Albums: The Calm Before the Storm (1999); The Worst (2000); Anghellic (2001); Absolute Power (2002); Celcius (2003); Everready (The Religion) (2006); Misery Loves Kompany (2007); Killer (2008); Sickology 101 (2009); K.O.D. (2009); The Gates Mixed Plate (2010); All 6's And 7's (2011); Strangeland
Like many rappers who come out of the Midwest, Tech N9ne worked on the fringe of the genre for years, experimenting with hardcore styles before finally making the jump to major-label status in the early 2000s. Born Aaron Dontez Yates in Kansas City, Missouri, the artist gave himself the stage name of Tech N9ne and has made a name for himself in the rap music world over more than two decades. After bouncing around with various groups, he and Travis O'Guin partnered to found the record label Strange Music.
Tech N9ne's first major studio album, Anghellic, was released in 2001 and helped him gain notoriety on rap and hip-hop stations all over the country. In 2002, Tech N9ne released his next album Absolute Power, which would debut in the Billboard Hot 100 album chart. This would be his first taste of mainstream success and would open up a whole new world of recording opportunities and collaborations with many top artists.
The rapper's career began to gain significant steam in 2008 with the release of his album, Killer. As his first album to record over a million album sales, Tech N9ne had finally reached the platinum status he had always dreamed of. The album peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 Albums chart and was followed up by Sickology 101: The Study of Being Sick, which featured several guest appearances, including Crooked I, Krayzie Bone and many others. With his solo albums and collaboration records which feature various artists, rappers and lyricists, Tech N9ne has struck a rare balance in the hip-hop world that appeals to many segments of the genre.
Tech N9ne's biggest success came in mid-2011 with the release of his 11th studio album, All 6's and 7's. The album would peak at No. 4 on the Billboard charts and finally earn him a Top 10 hit, "Drank In My Cup." With many more records already in the works and artists all over the music industry looking to work with the rapper, the future certainly looks bright for Tech N9ne.
Starting from humble roots in the underground Kansas City rap scene to reaching worldwide stardom, Tech N9ne has pushed the boundaries of rap music and become one of the most popular hip-hop acts on the stage today.
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