Tech is pretty much singlehandedly responsible for getting to a point where I can like rap. I used to despise the genre (didn't help that I only had heard the most mainstream of hits pretty much), as it seemed to be about crowd pleasing beats, autotune autotune autotune, and generally weak lyrics.
I had heard Caribou Lou before and tolerated it as a party it, but assumed it was just another one hit wonder. Then one day I am driving with a friend and he plays Demons. I liked the song, and especially the fact that there was something there lyrically. Next was In the Trunk, which is an absolutely hilarious song. I was interested. Whoever this was had some sick flow, crazy speed, and most definitely some lyrical substance. As a bonus it wasn't autotuned into electronic talking. I asked my friend who is this and of course he said Tech N9ne.
As soon as I got home I looked the guy up. I was totally hooked. First listened to K.O.D. which impressed me in many ways, from his ability to mix up styles, to some really powerful, depressing lyrics. There are few somewhat fluffy party type songs on the album but were still enjoyable because of the stuff he does with his flow or his ability to match his lyrical rhythms to beats. Kept listening to his discography and pretty much loved all of it. Tech N9ne really is one of the best in the rap game right now. He might not have the best lyrics, but they certainly aren't bad, and are definitely heartfelt and real. However from a rapping standpoint there aren't many that can hang with him. He can pretty much do every style, and do it well.
The other thing about Tech that I find really intriguing is his dedication to doing his own thing. Way back at the beginning of his career he signed with a label, but didn't like it, said screw this, and started his own label so he could be free to make the music he wanted. What's unique about this though is that he absolutely wants to be famous and successful, but he isn't willing to do it by compromising his expression and ability to have his own direction for a major label record deal. I often feel like far too many artists give up going exactly the direction they want to take in order to make something that will sell better. Music in general has become much more a business than a passion and its a refreshing breath to see someone doing their own thing.
A few songs by Tech N9ne :
Your thoughts? Also if anybody has been to a Tech concert how was it?