Who's Going On Tour? Spring/Summer Tour Round-Up
A lot of big artists are going on tour this spring and summer. You have mega-stars like Beyonce, Rihanna, and Drake. You have rising stars Anderson .Paak and Bas. You have established vets like Snoop Dogg, Maxwell, and Cam'Ron. And everybody in between. It looks like some legendary tours are going down towards the end of the calendar year. Gucci Mane & Friends tour is scheduled to go down when La Flare gets released from prison in September and Kanye West is also shooting to kick off his The Life of Pablo tour in September as well.
Tech N9ne Announces Release Date For Next Album "The Storm"
Tech N9ne may be 44 years old, but he’s still easily one of the hardest working rappers in the game right now. Having released two albums in 2015 in Special Effects & Strangeulation 2, the Strange Music CEO is reportedly already eyeing his follow up for 2016.
Tech N9ne Announces "Independent Powerhouse Tour"
Tech N9ne is never not working. The Strange Music head honcho recently released the second volume in the Stranguelation compilation series, and he has now announced an "Independent Powerhouse" tour for early 2016. If there's one rapper who truly embodies 'independent powerhouse,' it's Tech Ninna.
Stream Tech N9ne's New Album "Strangeulation, Vol. II"
Six months after dropping his excellent Special Effects album, Tech N9ne comes through with Strangeulation, Vol. II -- his sixteenth (!) studio album and sixth "Collabos" project.
#TBT: Tech N9ne's Early Singles
Tech N9ne will celebrate his 25th year of being a rap artist in 201. Kansas City MC has certainly accomplished a lifetime's worth of work. Despite not releasing a proper album until 1999, he has put out fifteen full-length commercial releases since. Tech N9ne exists in the horrorcore realm, but with a serious flow, his music is taken much more seriously than that of someone like Insane Clown Posse.
Tech N9ne Announces New Album "Strangeulation Vol. 2"
Tech N9ne is relentless. After releasing the critically acclaimed album Special Effects in May,the Kansas City/Strange Music emcee announces another album called Strangeulation, Vol. 2, due out November 20th.
Eminem Reveals Tracklist For "Southpaw" Soundtrack
That Eminem is executive producing the soundtrack for upcoming boxing film "Southpaw" came as a pleasant surprise. His lead single "Phenomenal" went hard. Shady Records tweeted out the soundtrack tracklist early Friday morning a couple weeks after tweeting out the album cover. Gahdam, its stacked.
Review: Dizzy Wright's "The Growing Process"
On Dizzy Wright's second studio album The Growing Process, the 24-year old rapper makes an attempt at honing in his focus as an artist by establishing a moral constitution for his music to adhere to until further notice. For the most part, this is goal is met by the young upstart. While some tracks fall flat, there are definite instances in which Wright is able to spread his personal gospel in a digestible fashion.
Charts Don't Lie: May 16
We saw two notable debuts on this week's charts, and they tell very different stories. The first comes from underground hero, Tech N9ne, who managed to have his biggest sales week ever, coming in at number 4. Meanwhile, Ciara, who has both a hit and major label backing, only earned a number 17 debut. Generally, we see artists with cult-like fanbases fall off pretty hard after their first couple of weeks, so CiCi may end up selling more in the long run, but Tech does seem to be something of a special case.Check out the full breakdown below.
Tech N9ne Announces New Album Title, Wants Jay Z & Alanis Morissette On It
Tech N9ne just released a 24-track album, the epic Special Effects, but he's already got the next one on his mind. In an interview with Hip Hop DX, the Strange Music boss reveals that his next one will be called The Storm, and says that he's looking to get an even crazier guest list on it. Read an excerpt below.
First Week Sales For Tech N9ne's "Special Effects" & Ciara's "Jackie"
The first week numbers are officially in for Tech N9ne’s Special Effects album and Ciara’s Jackie. So who do you think did better?
Top 10 Features On Tech N9ne's "Special Effects"
Even though Tech N9ne has spent years cranking out a series of collaboration albums, he couldn’t resist inviting his (wildly talented) rapping friends to join in on the fun on his latest album, Special Effects. Most of the album's 25 tracks include features from some very familiar faces. The biggest surprises, though, come from those you don't know, who compete with industry veterans on an album full of quotable verses. This is ripe territory to rank the best features on the album and include some of our favorite bars.
Review: Tech N9ne's "Special Effects"
Tech N9ne, who has accrued nearly three decades in the rap-game, has made a career out of dancing between the mainstream and underground universes. Admired by his fans for his consistency and his abstract approach to the genre, the Missouri MC's cocktail of freakshow world mixed with club-worthy finesse is something that has become expected out of each N9ne discography installment.
Stream Tech N9ne's "Special Effects"
After drumming up hype by dropping the Eminem collab, "Speedom (Wwc2)," a few weeks ago, Tech N9ne officially releases his new album today. Stream the 24-track Special Effects below, and buy it here.
Rap Industry Recap: April
Business moves quick, and that's no exception for the rap world. From the hottest new signings, to movie deals, to album pushbacks, the industry is constantly in motion. It can be hard to keep up with at times, so we've consolidated all of the must-hear information from the past month, all in one place. Be on the look out for this monthly recap of news-worthy items you may have missed to stay afloat with the industry.
Dizzy Wright Shares Tracklist & Release Date For "The Growing Process"
Back in February, Funk Volume's Dizzy Wright announced The Growing Process, a new album scheduled to drop later in 2015. This morning, he's given us some more details on the project. It's out on May 26th, and the tracklist is below. Pre-order the album on iTunes now.
Tech N9ne Breaks Down "Hood Go Crazy," "Fuck Food" & More Of His Mainstream Collabos
With a new album on the way, led by the massive single "Hood Go Crazy" featuring B.o.B and 2 Chainz, Tech N9ne continues to tap into the powers of the mainstream in ways most underground artists aren't able too.
Tech N9ne Breaks Down "Special Effects" Features, Including Eminem's 24-Bar Verse
While staying independent, Tech N9ne has managed to acquire a large, loyal, and varied fanbase. Like his following, Tech's choice in collaborators has grown increasingly eclectic over the years, and his upcoming studio album, Special Effects, sports the widest range yet
Tech N9ne's "Special Effects" Tracklist Features Eminem, Lil Wayne & More
Tech N9ne is preparing his follow-up to 2013's Something Else for release next month, and today we've been given the official tracklist for the impending project. Like his last album, Special Effects will feature a large range of guests, but this time he's taken the star factor up a notch, recruiting Eminem, Lil Wayne, T.I., Yo Gotti, E-40, 2 Chainz, B.o.B, Audio Push and more for the LP. Of course, some underground favorites will also get prime billing, with Hopsin, Zuse, Krizz Kaliko, Big Scoob, and Corey Taylor also lined up for features.
Tech N9ne Reveals "Special Effects" Tour Dates
To promote his upcoming Special Effects LP, Tech N9ne is taking his talents on the road again for what will most likely be another successful tour. Accompanied by special guests Murs, Chris Webby, Krizz Kaliko, King 810 and ZUSE, the 3-month tour will kick off April 8th in Tulsa, OK and run through cities like Las Vegas, Portland, San Diego, Chicago, Atlanta, New York, Dallas, and plenty more, before wrapping up with a homecoming show in Wichita, KS.