Aaron Dontez Yates (born November 8, 1971 in Kansas City, Missouri), better known by his stage name Tech N9ne or Tecca Nina is an American rapper, co-owner of Strange Music Records and actor. His career has spanned over 24 years, during which he has released eleven albums. His stage name originated from the TEC-9 semi-automatic handgun, given to him by rapper Black Walt due to his fast rhyming style.
It hasn’t been an easy road, but TECH N9NE soldiers on and he’ll never stop. “They call me devil worshipper because I’m different. I give you music for my core. They’re the people that put me over the million mark. I raise my middle finger to everybody who judges me because my core audience is there for me. They will always love me, but I’m trying to reach others, too. It’s not over. My music is supposed to be for everybody, but some people just don’t get it.”
In April 2015, Tech confirmed that Eminem will be featured on a song titled “Speedom (Worldwide Choppers 2).” The song was released on April 20th as a single for Tech’s album, Special Effects, released on May 4th. The rapper says Eminem collaborated on the track, free of charge, in exchange for Tech to guest on a track of his for an unknown project, the track later being “Beast” (Southpaw Remix) for the Southpaw soundtrack. Tech says he was “flabbergasted” that Eminem respected his music so much.
Catch Tech N9ne on his Special Effects tour when he hits the Emos stage in April.
Tech N9ne w/ Krizz Kaliko, Rittz, Mayday, Stevie Stone & Ces Cru
Friday, April 1st