Tech N9ne - All 6's & 7's Review
Posted by Bill Wannop on 06.07.2011
Tech N9ne gives us his latest album which hopes to capitalize on all of his recent publicity. Is Tech able to take advantage of his increased exposure with his latest album All 6’s and 7’s, or does the album leave the listener in a state of confusion?
Tech N9ne, born Aaron Yates, is known as one of the most successful independent rappers in the world today. He has been rapping for over 25 years, and through his own label, Strange Music, has sold over 1 million albums. However late last year Tech’s world was turned upside down, when from prison, Lil Wayne stated that one of the first people he would like to work with when he gets out is Tech N9ne. Tech has seen his popularity grow since that time and people are starting to take notice. Is Tech able to take advantage of his increased exposure with his latest album All 6’s and 7’s, or does the album leave the listener in a state of confusion?
1. The Pledge
3. Military (Skit)
4. Am I A Psycho? featuring B.o.B and Hopsin
5. He's a Mental Giant
6. Worldwide Choppers featuring Ceza, Yelawolf, Twista, Busta Rhymes, JL B.Hood, Uso, D-Loc and Twisted Insane
7. We Miss You Man (Skit)
8. I Love Music featuring Kendrick Lamar and Oobergeek
10. Call from Richie (Skit)
11. The Boogieman featuring Mint Condition's Stokley and First Degree the D.E.
12. Cult Leader featuring Liz Suwandi
13. Call from KC Poet Camile (Skit)
14. Fuck Food featuring Lil Wayne, T-Pain and Krizz Kaliko
15. Overtime featuring Stevie Stone
16. Pornographic featuring Snoop Dogg, E-40 and Krizz Kaliko
17. You Owe Like Pookie featuring Jay Rock and Kutt Calhoun
18. Delusional featuring Nikkiya
19. So Lonely featuring Blind Fury and Mackenzie O'Guin
20. If I Could featuring The Deftones
21. Angry Caller (Skit)
22. Love Me Tomorrow featuring Big Scoob
23. Mama Nem
24. Promiseland featuring Nikkiya
The album starts with the intro counting up from 1 but getting stuck on numbers 6 and 7, which initiates a the pledge, where tech basically states how he will tell his true fans from the followers and how he will not change with his newfound fame. This jumps right into the first official track from the album “Technicians”. The beat is a somewhat different sounding dubstep beat for Tech N9ne fans, but Tech manages to flow over it perfectly showing off his double time flows with this high energy track to start the album.
While the first track might be a bit of a shock for Tech fans, he proves that he hasn’t really changed with “Am I A Psycho”. The content of the track will be familiar territory for N9ne fans, as it is a dark and disturbing track, which was produced by B.o.B., and features B.o.B. spitting one of his most vicious verses to date. This does not sound like the typical B.O.B., and he manages to almost steal the show from Tech as he continues with his subliminal disses toward Odd Future.
The album moves along with the first official single “He’s a Mental Giant” which has Tech boasting about his current level of success. The track has Tech bragging about his skills, but unlike so many other rappers he actually backs up his talk on the microphone.
“Worldwide Choppas” has Tech joined with a ton of other fast paced emcees, both from mainstream and the underground. That is one good things about Tech N9ne is he seems to put underground artists on tracks with well-known artists and he somehow manages to find a perfect mixture. Yelawolf, Twista, Busta Rhymes join Tech on the track, which has Busta spitting on of the best verses of his career.
It seems somehow that Tech knows how to get the best out of his guests. Tech goes hard on every track and does not slow down for anyone, which may be why all his guests give their best work as well as to not be outshined. Whatever the case may be none of the guests on the album (with the exception of Snoop Dogg) simple ‘mail it in’.
This brings us to the main track on the album that had fans talking which features T-Pain and Lil Wayne. Everyone was curious as to how the track would come out, and it is needless to say those fears were put to rest. The beat is a someone upbeat gothic type track produced by Seven, and has Tech flowing on the first verse perfectly. Not to be outdone, T-Pain raps on the chorus in rapid fire succession provide his best Tech N9ne impersonation and Lil Wayne jumps on the track to add some of his witty one liners. Both T-Pain and Lil Wayne hold their own and really show what they can do on underground type tracks.
The album slips a little on the second half with track like “Pornographic” which has Snoop Dogg giving a below average verse and “Owe You Like Pookie” which has a somewhat lame beat that does not do Jay Rock or Kutt Calhoun justice.
However after those little slip ups Tech comes with some of the best tracks on the album, with “Delusional” and “So Lonely” where he talks about how it is so lonely being on top of the game. The album finishes off on a more serious note with “Love Me Tomorrow” and “Promiseland”.
Tech N9ne was given the spotlight on this album, and he took full advantage of it. He went out a created an album that will be familiar to older fans, while securing guests and tracks that will likely welcome fans that are new to his music. Tech has stated for years that he will never go mainstream and that the mainstream will go Tech, and that is exactly what happened. Tracks with Busta Rhymes, Lil Wayne, T-Pain, B.o.B., are not as radio friendly as you would think, and Tech is able to get some of the best work out of the guests.
Minus a few missteps, Tech N9ne comes with a very solid release that will likely get him some attention that he deserves.
The 411: All in all the album delivers on all areas with Tech providing all types of tracks that should please both old and new fans. He was able to get the best work out of his crop of guests and really was able to make a great album from start to finish. While there were some missteps, Tech shows that he is able to do all types of music well.