Album Remarks & Appraisals:
"For Kansas City, Missouri rapper Tech N9ne, the last 20 years have been a strange ride.
Despite possessing one of the game's most dexterous, polished flows, it wasn't until 2008, when Tech logged 1 million total album sales (mostly on his own label, Strange Music), that fellow rappers, and subsequently the rest of the music industry, began to pay attention.
After receiving a career-making co-sign by Lil Wayne last year, Tech began to work on his 12th studio record, 'All 6's and 7's,' reaching for outside production, dabbling in the mainstream, shooting the gift with some of the biggest stars and drawing them back into his strange realm.
Due for a June 7 release, 'All 6's and 7's' features production by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, B.o.B. and Will Power, with appearances by Yelawolf, Busta Rhymes, T-Pain, B.o.B., E-40, Snoop Dogg, the Deftones and Lil Wayne. Yet the album remains entirely Tech N9ne -- a torrent of bipolar rhymes, alternating deliveries, vocal tones and tempos. This is a sinister, melodic masterpiece from one of hip-hop's most unique talents.
"This is by far the biggest record Tech has ever made," a rep from Strange Music said of the album. "He says throughout the record that he would never purposefully try to go mainstream, but instead, the mainstream would have to go Tech N9ne. I think we successfully accomplished that this time around, even with cats like Wayne, T-Pain and B.o.B. Every single featured artist came into Tech's world and embraced his movement."- theboombox.com
Spin (p.72) - "Fueled by his otherworldly double-time flow, Tech N9ne's music has lost little of its overwrought guttural delirium..."
Recording information: Germano Studios, New York, NY; The Airport Studio, Burbank, CA; Tree Sound Studios Inc., Norcross, GA.
In the early 2000s, it seemed like the cut "Tormented" would forever be Tech N9ne's theme song, but enthusiasm, determination, and a whole lot of success had made the once simply "sick" rapper sound strangely positive and hopeful since about 2009. It just means that in 2011, the rapper considers being sincere more important than being sinister for sinister's sake, so take every crossover play on All 6's and 7's for what they are: the gifted and dark Tech N9ne testing his skills against the unknown. Granted, he's worked with big names before, but the guest list here is especially ambitious, running from Lil Wayne -- who joins Tech and T-Pain on the cartoonish sleaze number "F**k Food" -- to Snoop Dogg, along with E-40 and Krizz Kaliko on the suitably titled "Pornographic." Somewhere in the middle there's B.o.B. sounding rather Juggaloo on the grand graveyard dance "Am I a Psycho," plus a truly global cast on "Worldwide Choppers" which features Turkish rapper Ceza next to domestic favorites like Twista and Busta Rhymes. Gimmicks abound on this dark carnival of an album, and if you can't hang with some murder talk and misogyny, it's best to stay away, but this fat, epic effort is still a swift thrill ride and doesn't bore despite its size. While a couple of hatchet-carrying fans from the old days might be shaken off by the man's willingness to sound radio-worthy, the album Tech introduced as his "biggest" and "craziest" is also his best to date. ~ David Jeffries