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A quick minute with Tech N9ne [Interview]


Vancouver, BC – We recently had the chance to ask some questions of a man who is immediately identifiable in many ways, from his sharp style to his painted face. Tech N9ne chatted with HipHopCanada about his Canadian tour, his thoughts on tour partner Madchild, and the new album.

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Tech N9Ne: Q&A

Interview conducted by AmaliaJude

HipHopCanada: You’ve spent a lot of time touring in Canada: best and worst experiences?

Tech N9ne: I don’t have any bad experiences touring in Canada. The only bad experience that I ever had was the day before yesterday when we stopped in this town called Dryden and nobody had any cell service and there was nothing around us so I just went comatose on everybody. I don’t have anything bad to say about Canada, other than just don’t stop in Dryden. [Laughing] Other than that, the shows have been amazing and everyone here is showing us a lot of love. There have been tons of memorable moments every night, but I can’t tell you about it because you have to come and see the show for yourself.

HipHopCanada: What should fans expect on your new album?

Tech N9ne: Something bigger and bigger; it has to continue to get bigger. If you paid attention to the All 6′s and 7′s album then you know that was humongous. This new album has to be ginormous and the beats are massive already. I just can’t wait to see what the beats bring out of me because I never know until I sit down.

HipHopCanada: You’ve been touring with Madchild – what are your thoughts on this Canadian legend, and what can he learn from you? Or you from him?

Tech N9ne: I think we’re both kind of stuck in our ways, but if I can learn anything from him it would be to keep it raw and hardcore. I always do keep it hardcore, but Madchild just reminds me that that raw shit will always shine. As far as what he can learn from me, he just told me that I gave him hope. Hope that there is a way that you can do things yourself and still make it. He told me that he’s been watching and learning. It’s a beautiful thing that I can have effect on someone that has been in game for that long.

HipHopCanada: How do your Canadian audiences’ responses differ from American?

Tech N9ne: There’s no difference really, there’s just a lot of love. We get a lot of love everywhere we go and I wasn’t sure how it would go here in Canada, but they all knew every word and they were all connected. All the Technicians are connected and they’ve been here since day one, and if they weren’t connected then they went back and made sure they knew the shit.

HipHopCanada: What is the one message you hope that fans take with you from your music, your branding and your interactions?

Tech N9ne: That Tech N9ne one of the best that ever did it and that I put everything into my music for the fans.

Interview conducted by AmaliaJude for HipHopCanada

Twitter: @TechN9ne | @Madchild57

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Amalia Judith was born in Winnipeg, MB and quickly whisked away to a childhood of travel throughout California, England, Germany and predominantly Pakistan. In 2006 she completed an honor's degree in English Literature, which left her quite jobless and alone in East Van. Amalia cut her teeth at, Canada's darkest counter-culture magazine, moving on to contribute words and flicks to HipHopCanada: she's currently a member of HipHopCanada's West Coast team and has had the privilege to interview hip-hop icons like Lil' Kim, Pusha T, Big Boi, Three Six Mafia, Yelawolf, Pharrell Williams and most of Wu-Tang. Amalia also works as a Key Worker educator and advocate for families affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, as well as heading up Team Heartbreak, a media production company that pairs community involvement and artistic movements.

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