A Killer Clown, a King and a straight up G. All three
of these titles perfectly fit Aaron Yates, p/k/a Tech N9ne. Heís also a
father, a rapper and a dude who just likes to get drunk with his boys and
lip synch to Queen songs. With fans ranging from Busta Rhymes to Paul Wall,
and everyone in between, this is one Clown whoís about to have the last
laugh on those who said he couldnít make it.
PhilaFlava.com: First off, is there any truth to
the rumors of a Welcome To The Midwest remix, featuring Twista, as the next
Tech N9ne: Yeah. The original song was with
Twista but it was done too late to be on the album. But they wanna do a
video for it. I wanted Carribou Lou for the next single but they said that
might be a problem with marketing cause of the liquor, ya know. But yeah,
Twistaís verse is incredible. Iím not saying that Carribou Lou wonít come
out as a single, but right now I think weíre working on making the Twista
remix the next single. A lot of people seem to feel itíll be a big thing for
me, ya know.
PF: Speaking of Carribou Lou, I saw the video on
Youtube of yíall drunkenly singing Bohemian Rhapsody.
Tech: (laughs)Yeah, that was me, Krizz Kaliko and Big Joe. We were
celebrating a sold out show in Denver, CO., man.
PF: I thought that was some funny shit.
Tech: Oh yea, it definitely was, man. Thatís one
of my favorite songs, Bohemian Rhapsody.
PF: Howís the Everready tour going, by the way?
Tech: Itís over now. Yeah, we ended it
uh...actually we got 5 more dates. But yeah, we sold out...I think...27
shows out of 30.
PF: Wow, congrats on that.
Tech: Thanks. Yeah, I got a new place off of
PF: Speaking of touring, Iím in Philly and I
donít think you came through on this tour. Have you played Philly before?
Tech: Yes I have. Last I was there was on the
Sprite Liquid Mix Tour with 311, Jay-Z, N.E.R.D. etc.. It was actually in
Camden, NJ,.right across from Philly. I did another tour, I canít remember
the venues in Philly I played but weíre definitely coming back.
PF: You appear on a hidden track on the new
X-Clan album. How did that come about and what was it like working with such
a legendary group?
Tech: Oh my God. Maaan, let me tell ya like
this. I came up on X-Clan and for Brother J to know who I am enough to call
me to be on the X-Clan album, Iím just flattered, man. I went out to LA,
brought my babies with me. The album is awesome, itís wonderful. Cause Iím
real particular about what I do.
PF: Youíre also all over the soundtrack to the
movie Alpha Dog. How did that come about? Cause if Iím watching a movie like
that, Iím not exactly expecting to hear some Tech N9ne in it, ya know.
Tech: Yeah, youíre not. Itís crazy. Underground
ass Tech N9ne.
PF: Yeah, youíre popping up everywhere.
Tech: Yeah! Whatís the odds of Nick Cassavetes,
who did Face Off with John Travolta and Nicolas Cage, whatís the odds of
him, after doing John Q with Denzel...for him and his wife to be in Tower
Records and picking up Absolute Power?
PF: So thatís just how it happened? He was a
Tech: Nah, he wasnít even a fan of mine. He told
me, him and his wife go out and buy 10 random albums, and if they donít like
em, they throw Ďem out Thatís the same thing I do.. But he said he listened
to Absolute Power start to finish, and called the fucking number on the
back of the CD. And that was it. Thatís God working, man.
PF: And on a similar note, howíd the Madden
appearance come to be?
Tech: Man, that all happened cause a girl, who
worked for us at JCORĖfuck JCOR forever I might add, for fucking up
AnghellicĖuh, Abigail, she used to work for us. She gave me a beat CD and
when it got to number 9, ya know, number 9 being in everything in my
life...the goddamn beat came on and it sounded like Bram Stoker made it. It
sounded like Dracula.
PF: And that ended up being The Beast?
Tech: Yeah, The Beast! And we didnít know it at
the time, but the guys who did that beat ended up being the guys who do, ya
know, all the music for the Madden games, the NBA Lives games and all that.
PF: Another case of good luck then.
Tech: Yeah, and itís about time too. Cause Iíve
been kicking and getting kicked down for years, man. Know what Iím sayiní,
Sylis? Cause Iíve been getting kicked in my ass since I started. And I keep
getting up stronger every time, man. Know what I mean? Thatís why I named
the album Everready. Everready, Everready, Everready. I keep coming back
stronger and stronger. It has a religious theme to it, cause Everready is like
a doctrine. Itís being worshipped and itís being praised right now.
PF: Bout To Bubble, you namecheck everyone
from E-40 to Ill Bill to Busta Rhymes...
Tech: Yeah...everyone one of them, what I said
in the song is what they actually said. Busta saluted us and said ďNobody
could rip it like me and Spliff but yíall were something else tonight. It
was beautiful.Ē So I mean, if Busta Rhymes salutes you...you go it. You
talking about performing AND rapping, if Busta Rhymes salutes you...you got it,
PF: It seems like youíre starting to get more
mainstream recognition from these dudes.
Tech: Itís just like I said. ďHouse on the
hills/Hella tip drill/Paul Wall said heíd do me up a red grillĒ...He told me
that when we did a show, down in Oklahoma. He said, ďYouíre real incredible,
I love your stuff, know what I mean?Ē He told me that. Thatís the south. And in the East?
Ill Bill, know what I mean? I was just out there doing some stuff with them.
PF: Oh, really?
Tech: Yeah, with La Coka Nostra.
PF: And is that gonna be for their album?
Tech: Yeah, for the La Coka Nostra album. We did
it, itís done. They still ainít let me hear it yet. But yeah, Iím real
excited to be a part of that. Thatís the new House Of Pain, bro. They can do
their goddamn thing on the lyrics, too.
PF: Back to Everready...favorite song? I figure
something like The Rain gotta be up there.
Tech: The Rain...The Rain comes from my heart,
man. Itís gonna be one of my favorite songs for life. Cause what I did, was
take all the things Iíve heard from my daughters for years and put it in a
song. And she learned it. She learned it in one hour, man.
PF: Thatís gotta be a bittersweet thing. Cause
itís some heartbreaking subject matter.
Tech: Oh yeah, man. We taped it for a DVD too so
youíll see. (At this point, Tech randomly yells his signature TECH
Tech: (laughs) Sorry bout that. That was for
some fans. High school kids just jogging by.
PF: Speaking of which, you relocated to LA,
Tech: Yeah, but Iím staying in Kansas City now.
My wife and kids are out in L.A., but Iím gonna get them outta there before
the next terrible thing happens out there.
PF: On the topic of LA, you were in a movie
recently, right? Jackís Law?
Tech: Yeah, Jackís Law. With Danny Trejo. Danny
shot me, actually. Shot me in the chest and threw me through a window.
Danny, he talked to me a lot. Thatís all he did. I met him at an autograph
signing I was doing in Salt Lake City.
PF: Whatís that like? When a celebrity
Tech: Itís wonderful, man. And itís only getting
worse. I just stay grounded. Cause, ya know, I was raised Christian, then
later on became Muslim. And I learned through that to always be real. Be
able to back up what I say cause people are gonna be there to catch your
little fuck ups and throw it back in your face.
PF: Thatís something that I think makes people
listen to your music. Cause even though you got the whole Killa Clown shit
goin on, youíre still kinda like an everyman type person.
Tech: Yeah, ya know...the Killa Clown is always
in me. And my black fans, a lot of them donít like it. They think Iím on
some devil shit but itís not. I canít fake that. Ya know, my black fans,
theyíll say they want me to stay on the gangsta shit. But the Killa Clown is
always in me.
PF: So what do you have coming out from Strange
Music this year? Krizz Kaliko, Skatterman...we got albums coming out from
Tech: Yes they are, yes they are. We got Krizz
Kaliko, Skatterman, Snug Brim, Critical Bill, ya know. Itís rolling. Then
after that itís Tech N9neĖKiller.
PF: Is that the next full album from you?
Tech: Yeah. Weíre just starting work on that. I
was gonna do an album called Ism, with stuff that didnít make it onto the
Everready album. But I decided I didnít wanna give the fans an album of
songs that are already 3 years old. So thereís not gonna be any Ism. Itís
going straight to Killer, all new material. I gotta keep it fresh, man. I
gotta keep it poppiní. Thatís what the fans wanna hear.
PF: Whatís up with this group Kabosh you got?
You and Krizz Kaliko doing a rock type thing?
Tech: Yeah man, weíre gonna do ghetto rock. Itís
gonna be insane. Itís called Kabosh. What it means, the actual word is
spelled k-i-b-o-s-h, it means to put a halt to something, but we spell it
Kabosh. Ya know what Iím sizzliní? Cause they ainít gonna believe how much
these niggas is rockin out. Doin rock and roll, know what I mean? Itís gonna
be ghetto rock, know what I mean? Itís gonna be hard lyrics, ya know. Itís
gonna be wonderful.
PF: Yeah, even on Everready, you got that hard
hitting rock type sound on The Beast and even on Bout To Bubble.
Tech: Yeah, I have to man, I have to. Bout To
Bubble, I mean Ė Iím a B-Boy, man. Ya know, Planet Rock and all that, know
what Iím sizzlin? And Art Of Noise. And uh, I just wanted to bring that back
with Bout To Bubble, know what Iím sayin? Yeah, I had to bring it back, uh,
flip it...3 thou style.
PF: You worked with Rick Rock a lot on this new
album, and have guest spots from E-40 and Brotha Lynch Hung...
Tech: Yeah thatís all love. Iíve known 40 since
I was in my teens, ya know. I go to the Bay and itís always love. Which is
why itís unfortunate what happened with Mac Dre
PF: Yeah I was gonna ask you about that. Itís
terrible what happened to Mac, especially it being in KC since KC and the
Bay are kinda like cousins to each other.
Tech: Itís like brothers and sisters. And to
have the fans finger pointing...
PF:...with the whole Fat Tone thing...
Tech: Yeah, I mean Fat Tone died for nothing. He
had nothing to do with it, with Dre. This was just some street shit. To have
the fans saying ďOh, Fat Tone killed Mac DreĒ or ďTech N9ne killed Mac Dre.Ē
Ya know what Iím saying? Iíve been to the Bay like three times since then
and they got nothing but love for me. Even when Iím in Santa Cruz, my
Federation home boys out there, know what Iím sayiní?
PF: And you go way back with The Regime and
Yuckmouth and all them dudes, too.
Tech: Totally. Iím still an honorary member of
the Regime, First Infantry.
PF: Thatís something else I wanted to ask you.
If there was anything in the works with you and Yuck and the Regime.
Tech: Yeah, I mean, Yuckís all over the world
.Itís hard to get two bosses together. Thatís how it is, weíre on the road
for days but anytime we see each other itís all love. He came to my show out
in LA Feb 7th.
PF: Outside of Strange Music, what are you
listening to at the moment?
Tech: Iím listening to uh...everything from
System Of A Down. From Toxicity to Mesmerize and Hypnotize and all that.
Slipknot, Floetry, Gnarls Barkley. Snoop Dogg and The Game, we listened to
them back to back already and played em out.
PF:Whatís the scene in KC like right now?
Tech: Itís the same as it is in Philly or
anywhere else. Thereís shit poppiní in the underground, for sure.
PF: Yeah, actually, a dude from KC posts on the
site this is going on. His nameís Mac Lethal.
Tech: Oh yeah, yeah, yeah. I know Mac. Heís a
good dude. Tell him I said much love and to keep doing his thing.
PF: Yeah, he just signed to Rhymesayers,
Tech: Yeah, I heard about that.
PF: Anyway, Iím gonna let ya get on with what
you gotta do. I appreciate you taking the time out for us.
Tech: Oh yeah. No doubt. I appreciate you having
the interest to wanna interview me, know what Iím sayin?
PF: For sure. Peace.