Tech N9ne has always lurked at the fringes of the larger hip-hop industry, and it seems he prefers it that way. Instead, the Kansas City, Missouri, rapper has enjoyed a career older than that of many of his fans — more than two and a half decades — and sold more than a million albums, all without the usual radio, label, or TV support.
How has he managed it? By good, old, punk-rock-style DIY tactics: constant touring, constant interaction with fans, and constant release of new material on his own label, Strange Music. Oh, and a blazing-fast, aggressive lyric and delivery style that enjoys fandom from both underground, street-level heads and, yes, more than a healthy smattering of juggaloish types.
However, one of the best things about Tech N9ne, perhaps, is that game recognizes game. Tech recently signed fellow self-made hustlers Mayday!, Miami's premier live hip-hoppers. The group has been supporting him throughout the U.S. on a tour that finally arrives home (for them) in South Florida this Friday.