Tech N9ne is the stage name of Aaron Yates, a rapper known for his quick-rhyming chopper style of rap that is reminiscent of the TEC-9 semi-automatic handgun. This, paired with Tech’s expert lyricism, has made him one of the pioneers of underground rap.
Tech established Strange Music, the largest independent hip-hop label in the world, and went on to sell more than two million albums and win three gold records. Here are the top 12 Tech N9ne songs to get you started on this legendary rapper’s discography.
As you now know, Tech N9ne's name derives from his fast-rapping chopper-style of rap. The song “Worldwide Choppers,” widely regarded as the artist's best work, is the ideal example of this skill. This is the third song in Tech’s “Chopper” series, which follows “Midwest Choppers” and “Midwest Choppers 2”, but goes above and beyond.
This song is the sixth track off Tech’s twelfth studio album, “All 6’s and 7’s” showcasing the worldwide talent of the fastest rappers Tech could find in Busta Rhymes, Twista, and more. This song represents fast rappers from all over the world, including Denmark, Turkey, Chicago, and much more. Each artist shows off their lyrical prowess while rapping at a rapid speed.
This track perfectly encapsulates Tech N9ne’s style of rap and shines a light on other rappers who also specialize in this style. The next song, however, is a perfect representation of the perception of Tech N9ne.
Like I Ain’t
In “Like I Ain't,” Tech N9ne discusses his frustration with the music industry as a result of not receiving the respect he earned long ago. In this record, Tech continuously name-drops some of the hottest artists he has worked with in hip-hop, both past, and present.
He discusses collaborating with Tupac, Eminem, Twista, Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chains, and much more. This demonstrates how Tech's talent is appreciated by his peers but not universally. Despite this, Tech essentially raps his entire resume, highlighting his immense talent and wide range of accomplishments.
The music video is a part of film series that takes an interesting look at this topic. This video demonstrates Tech N9ne's 30-year rap career's longevity as well as his ongoing ability to reinvent himself and work alongside the previously mentioned new big names.
Hood Go Crazy
Tech N9ne's song “Hood Go Crazy” isn't necessarily one you would expect from him. However, Tech is no stranger to getting his fans hyped, and this is just another example. This track, which features B.o.B. and 2 Chainz, is a simple party song intended for the club and to get people excited.
As the 11th track from Tech N9ne's 15th studio album, “Hood Go Crazy” lets loose, and given its popularity, it is clear how important this track is for fans and those alike. Even though this isn’t what fans of Tech N9ne are used to, this is still one of the artist’s most popular songs to date.
The catchy hook from B.o.B and the bars from 2 Chainz and Tech, has kept this song on repeat since 2015. Although this song by Tech N9ne may not be the most bar-heavy, it is still a lot of fun and it is good to see this artist enjoying himself.
The following song appears on the Southpaw soundtrack and is titled “Beast”. This song is a collaborative effort and a remix of Rob Bailey & The Hustle Standard’s “Beast” that sees Tech N9ne, Busta Rhymes, and KXNG CROOKED come together.
This is another song that will get its listeners hyped and reinvigorated, much like the protagonist of this boxing film, Billy “The Great” Hope. Billy Hope is a former boxing champion who had the perfect life before losing it all. Hope struggles to put his life back on track, and this song reflects that. Similar to Hope, each verse discusses coming from nothing and overcoming it.
Due to its inclusion in a major motion picture, this song by Tech N9ne is one of his most well-known. Given how some of these artists rose from obscurity to fame, this is a true “rags to riches” tale. Anyone would feel inspired after listening to this song, and the same goes for you.
“B.I.T.C.H” is another track where Tech N9ne expresses not being accepted in Hip-Hop and even in the Black community. He mentions how his people started to dodge him back in 2001, which is when he dropped Anghelic. This album threw off potential listeners because Tech came off as a scary devil worshipper, without looking deeper into the overall message.
However, this song serves as a declaration of Tech's determination to continue reaching out to his people despite their guardedness. And with T-Pain manning the hook, it's only natural that this track would become one of Tech's most well-known songs. This is one of the best examples of Tech N9ne's work which he delivers in his trademark style. A great Tech N9ne song.
In the most recent popular song by Tech N9ne, we see the chopper-style rap of Tech become adopted by none other than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. This song came to be a bit of a shock to those all over and quickly grew in popularity with The Rock’s debut into the rap game. When this song was released, it was all over social media and gained the interest of millions (and millions).
The Rock is a known fan of Tech N9ne and typically listens to his music to get hyped when working out. This song falls right under that category and can amp you up when in the zone.
Even though this song features The Rock, the other Strange Music representatives showed up and showed out, each with outstanding performances, showcasing their lyrical capabilities. This is an inspirational song with a good message that everyone should want to add to their gym playlist.
This track sees one of the most popular rappers of the past decade grace the stage alongside Tech N9ne. Both are incredible artists, but much like any human, they show in “Fragile” how sensitive they can be. This song is about how it can be demoralizing for artists to have their work criticized, especially when they have given it their all.
The hook perfectly captures Tech N9ne's point that critics only criticize the gifted, which does more harm than good. Kendrick Lamar’s verse begins with him showing how he wants to be perceived in the rap game. He even goes on to say how the work he puts out is bigger than the critics slandering it.
Not only does this help listeners, but it is a way of escape for the artists and a way to share their lives with the world. Artists will naturally feel vulnerable to criticism after disclosing such private information to the public, and this song showcases this to a tee.
Am I A Psycho?
On the fourth song of Tech N9ne's “All 6's and 7's,” B.o.B and Hopsin join in the fun—or horror, to be more precise. Each verse goes into the psyches of a different type of psycho, starting with Tech N9ne. Tech’s verse centers around a sadist that gets his rocks off from inflicting pain on others. He is truly obsessed with sex and loves to add pain into the mix.
Hopsin’s verse deals with having a mental disorder, losing touch with reality, and dealing with mood swings. He even asserts that Heaven would be to blame for going to Hell, speaking as though his deranged mindset is right and everything else is wrong.
In the third verse, B.o.B is a schizophrenic who is remorseless and cold-blooded behind his calm demeanor. His mind runs rampant, and he begins to question everything before realizing he might be going insane. The hook, repeatedly asking the question in the title, supports each verse, bringing a unique approach to this track’s overall composition.
Erbody But Me
If you hadn’t noticed by now, it’s safe to say that Tech N9ne has a lot of range when it comes to making music. One moment he will show his audience a twisted and sadistic side of a person, and the next he will show you how to party hard and have a good time. “Erybody But Me” is the latter on the spectrum, and revisits that party atmosphere a little bit.
This track is different, however, and gets you into the “me first” mentality, where you just focus on yourself without worrying about others. Tech N9ne acknowledged that this song is narcissistic due to the way he prioritizes himself over others.
The main purpose of this song, and the reason it is so well-liked, is to make yourself feel good. Occasionally, people should take some time for themselves because everyone needs some “me time”.
So Dope (They Wanna)
“So Dope (They Wanna)” takes a more sexual route in its approach, which we see glimpses of in previous songs. This track sees Tech N9ne as he raps about how dope he is, which parallels drugs (dope) in a sense. His dopeness, much like drugs, can lead to sexual activity.
Each feature on this track stands out, but Snow Tha Product wanted to make a statement. Snow jumps on the track to show off her chopper style like Tech N9ne and to prove why she is in a class of her own lyrically.
Snow adds to the overall sentiment of the track by saying how she is so dope that even men’s women are attracted to her allure. Whether you like hip-hop for the vibes or to break down the lyrics, this is the perfect song for you.
“Dysfunctional” is regarded as one of the biggest underground hits. Each artist on this track expresses their emotional instability and insecurities. This is a powerful track that shows the lyrical prowess of the Strange Music label as they rap circles around this song’s production.
Tech N9ne talks about how his emotional instability stems from people abandoning him in his past. But now he is no longer alone and is backed by his fans. Big Scoob talks about how his upbringing effectively closed off all career avenues for him. Krizz Kaliko shows that he deals with dysfunction through pills and blunts, trying to cope with the pain.
Straight Out The Gate
“Straight out the Gate” is probably the most unique track on this list, seeing a combination of hip-hop and rock as both genres seamlessly fit together. Tech N9ne brings out a legend in Serj Tankian, lead vocalist, and keyboardist of the heavy metal band System of a Down.
Serj's chilling vocals and the gritty hardcore rap style seem to blend naturally. This unique sound is accompanied by a wide range of subjects, including leaving the industry in your dust and developing your own identity.
This song is so well-liked that it was included in the WWE 2K18 soundtrack. The rock soundtracks of previous WWE games are well-known, especially the classic System of a Down songs, so this was quite fitting.
During a party in 1995 in Kansas City, Tech N9ne and his friends decided to start mixing drinks, which resulted in the creation of Caribou Lou. This drink was a mixture of 151 Rum, pineapple juice, and Malibu liquor.
The beverage was immortalized as a song on the album “Everready” in 2006, more than ten years after it first appeared. The song's lyrics simply describe how to make the beverage and how it would, as the song puts it, “get them all numb” afterward. This song would go on to be certified platinum and become a well-known Kansas City beverage all over the world.
What If It Was Me
“What if it Was Me” delivers a powerful message that focuses on the Black lives that were taken due to police killings. The first verse follows Tech’s life from seeing crime at an early age to transforming a grim future into one making music with friends. This pathway was thrown off after a member was convicted of statutory rape, leaving Tech to go solo.
Tech mentions the killings of both Trayvon Martin and Alton Sterling and puts himself in their shoes. Alton was killed when he was selling CDs outside of a gas station, similar to Tech in the rap game. He puts himself in that position as two cops confront him for fitting the description and quickly gets sent to heaven because one of them lost it.
The narrative then shifts to the officer's point of view and describes removing this person from their wife and kids. The outro of this song depicts everything a Black man must endure to survive, including encounters with police officers, gang violence, and more. For the message alone this track deserves a spot on this list.
Top Tech N9ne Songs, Final Thoughts
There are many more songs by Tech N9ne that you should consider checking out, including “Sriracha”. This track features Logic and Joyner Lucas, which sparked the short-lived one-sided beef between the two.
Tech N9ne is an incredible artist with a wide range of talents to showcase. Check out these songs to gain a better understanding of the artist and as a gateway to his entire discography. Tech has a ton of music to dive into, and you won’t be disappointed.