Release Date: Jun 7, 2011
Record label: Strange Music
Tech N9ne :: All 6's and 7'sStrange MusicAuthor: Steve 'Flash' JuonTech N9ne believes in making high quality hip-hop, but he also believes in shrouding it in an air of mystery and confusion. Sometime even the obvious explanations from the auteur himself are subterfuge to disguise the hidden layers of meaning to his music. Even the album titles that N9ne uses can be interpreted multiple ways, such as his latest missive "All 6's and 7's." At its most basic level the title seems to poke fun at his numerological nom de plume.
Tech N9ne may not be a household name yet, but he’s quietly become one of Hip Hop’s most successful independent artists ever. With some recognition comes the criticism, which Tech’s seen plenty of. Through it all, however, he has worked hard to build his underground empire into a consistent machine. To this point, All 6’s and 7’s is potentially a breakout album, one that showcases why Tech has been so successful thus far and why he can break into even greater heights with versatile styles and a balanced effort.
In the early 2000s, it seemed like the cut "Tormented" would forever be Tech N9ne’s theme song, but enthusiasm, determination, and a whole lot of success had made the once simply “sick” rapper sound strangely positive and hopeful since about 2009. It just means that in 2011, the rapper considers being sincere more important than being sinister for sinister's sake, so take every crossover play on All 6's and 7's for what they are: the gifted and dark Tech N9ne testing his skills against the unknown. Granted, he’s worked with big names before, but the guest list here is especially ambitious, running from Lil Wayne -- who joins Tech and T-Pain on the cartoonish sleaze number “F**k Food” -- to Snoop Dogg, along with E-40 and Krizz Kaliko on the suitably titled “Pornographic.
True, Tech N9ne has had the sort of longevity and success that most rappers only dream about: more than a decade in the game, more than ten albums under his belt, hundreds of live shows a year, a dedicated fan base, and an independent empire. But, still, only in the last year or so has the Strange Music general started to garner the recognition from mainstream hip-hop that his movement has deserved for years. His latest offering, All 6’s and 7’s, is the KCMO spitter’s first drop since catching the ear of artists like Lil Wayne and fan bases like XXL’s.