“Off Tha’ Wall” – Tech N9ne
We chop it up with the Kansas City king on his rapid fire flow, being labeled a devil worshipper and why Sade's "Smooth Operator" haunted his childhood.
If you’re going to have a conversation about legends of underground hip hop, make sure to take into consideration the artist’s body of work, the staying power of their music, and the impact they have on their fans. Artists like DOOM, Deltron 3030 and Mac Dre immediately come to mind, but one rapper that should definitely be included in the conversation is the Kansas City king, Tech N9ne.
We got a chance to chop it up with the man himself while in Minneapolis, MN for Rhyme Sayers Soundset Festival. While he seemed intimidating at first (dude was still rocking the face paint from his performance), Tech N9ne turned out to be extremely energetic, amiable, and humble.
With over 23 years in the game, Tech N9ne had no shortage of stories and experiences to share with us, including how Slick Rick inspired his machine gun flow, why he used to detest Sade’s “Smooth Operator,” and how The Doors influenced him to name his record label Strange Music. He also cleared up a huge misconception about him being a devil worshipper. (Let me just take a moment to say I’ve wanted to find about this for the past 10 years. I mean, dude had the full devil suit on from “Tales From the Hood“)
No question was off limits and none went unanswered to the fullest. So sit back, relax, and watch the full interview above, as we chop it up with a real legend of the underground.
Devin P-B is not a devil worshipper, but he is on Twitter @its_DPB