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4 out of 5 stars for me...

It's definitely "something else"...

It's getting alot of praise, lots of good reviews. I dont think its his best work and I dont think I like it better than All 6s & 7s, K.O.D., Everready & definitely not Anghellic, Absolute Power or Vintage Tech, but its another very good album.

Favorite songs so far:

Straight Out The Gate
Fragile
Believe
Strange 2013
My Haiku-Burn The World
B.I.T.C.H.
Fortune Force Field
Colorado

Only song Im not really feelin is Dwamn.

I like that Tech wrote and rapped about some different content & I like the experimental feel of the album, its definitely different & some of the songs when I first played them didn't sound like a Tech N9ne song. Different kind of production, definitely more rock type beats.

Overall, I really like it, but like I said, not sure if I put it ahead of alot of his other albums IMO.
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4 out of 5 stars for me...

It's definitely "something else"...

It's getting alot of praise, lots of good reviews. I dont think its his best work and I dont think I like it better than All 6s & 7s, K.O.D., Everready & definitely not Anghellic, Absolute Power or Vintage Tech, but its another very good album.

Favorite songs so far:

Straight Out The Gate
Fragile
Believe
Strange 2013
My Haiku-Burn The World
B.I.T.C.H.
Fortune Force Field
Colorado

Only song Im not really feelin is Dwamn.

I like that Tech wrote and rapped about some different content & I like the experimental feel of the album, its definitely different & some of the songs when I first played them didn't sound like a Tech N9ne song. Different kind of production, definitely more rock type beats.

Overall, I really like it, but like I said, not sure if I put it ahead of alot of his other albums IMO.
I agree with most of this. It definitely has an experimental feel to it. One song I love is "I'm not a saint". I think its an incredible song, and has an old-school, K.O.D, Killer feel to it.
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I agree with most of this. It definitely has an experimental feel to it. One song I love is "I'm not a saint". I think its an incredible song, and has an old-school, K.O.D, Killer feel to it.
Yeah that song is really growin on me. Forgot to add Drowning & Feels Like Heaven too. And Thizzles lol. The more I play the album, the better it gets...
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Tech N9ne - Something Else

Production: Danny “Keys” Perez, Drumma Boy, Jon Pakfar, ¡MAYDAY!, Ralfy “FAFA” Valencia, Scoop Deville, Seven, Shane Eli, Youngfyre

Lead Single: See Me

Underground heavyweight Tech N9ne has unleashed his latest studio album, Something Else. His first retail release since 2011 's Welcome to Strangeland, the LP is Tech's 13th full-length in total. Included among its 21 original tracks are Booth-approved singles "See Me," "So Dope" and "Fragile."

Throughout the album, the Kansas City native is joined by a variety of noteworthy collaborators, including B.o.B, Big K.R.I.T, Cee-Lo Green, Game, Kendrick Lamar, Krizz Kaliko, ¡MAYDAY!, Trae The Truth and Wiz Khalifa. Beats come courtesy of Drumma Boy, ¡MAYDAY!, Scoop Deville, Seven, Shane Eli, Youngfyre and more. ...

Hip-hop has always rejected outsiders. From fans to label execs, hip-hop has largely demanded more of the same thing it’s currently enjoying: more shiny suits, more Auto-Tune, more molly. But the ironic thing is that all of the great rappers began as outsiders. Eminem was white back when being a white rapper was rare, and being a crazy white rapper was unheard of. Kanye West got told to stick to producing every day for years until College Dropout came out. Even Jay-Z, now the consummate insider, had to self-release his classic Reasonable Doubt at 27-years-old because every label in the country told him no. What all of them have in common is that although they started as outsiders, they were so undeniably dope they shifted hip-hop culture towards them. Suddenly, the same label execs who told Em, Ye and Jay they’d never make it were searching for the next Em, Ye and Jay.

While Tech N9ne’s not in that elite company, at least not yet, he’s closer than many give him credit for, and just got even closer to maybe, just maybe, shifting hip-hop’s balance with the release of his new album, Something Else. Beyond just the staggering diversity of guests, from Wiz Khalifa to The Doors and everyone in between, Tech uses Something Else to tackle a range of topics that, despite what many assume from the black boots and face paint, prove he’s unafraid to be an overtly positive rapper in an age that values money over everything, including humanity.

Make no mistake though, Something Else still gives fans plenty of chances to turn the volume up and lose their minds, starting with Love 2 Dislike Me, a cut that transcends the usually forced rock-rap blend and hits as hard as a cut can hit; imagine spitfire flows over a beat that sounds like it was done by Slipknot. And if you can’t imagine that, just listen to Dislike Me. Similarly, So Dope is a banger in the vein of Worldwide Choppers that’s an unapologetic exercise in double (and triple) time flow; this one is going to be a riotmaker at live shows.

But while it would have been easy for Tech to overpower listeners with fast rhymes and monstrous beats, on the whole Something Else is an intensely serious and sometimes even quiet album than isn’t afraid to tackle issues more rappers wouldn’t come near. Set over a haunting chain gang sample, I’m Not a Saint has to be one of the only songs in hip-hop history to truly delve into sexual abuse – it’s hard to overstate what a truly historic moment that is for rap. It’s a topic that Tech comes back to in the beginning of the inspiring Burn the World before moving into an investigation of the source of the spate of mass shootings and bombings that have inundated the country. And on a personal note, as a father I was moved by That’s My Kid, again, one of the only songs I’ve ever heard to truly delve into the joys and struggles of parenthood (Nas’ recent Daughters also comes to mind).

And really, a song like That’s My Kid says everything you need to know about this album. Tech has undeniably earned fans based off his extraordinarily precise rapping, he’s not the only talented rapper in the world. Where Tech, and by extension Something Else, truly stands apart is his willingness and ability to speak to people’s actual lives. Not their “real” lives as so many “real” rappers claim to do, but more powerfully their inner lives, the parts of themselves they don’t share with the world but hear reflected in Tech N9ne’s music. So yes, while lighter tracks like Dwamn and See Me may attract a more casual fan, it’s the intensity of music like Fragile that will transform a casual fan into a technician.

In fact, I’m so inspired by Tech’s fearless honesty that I’ll be fearlessly honest myself. Writers don’t like to admit it, but our jobs are inherently flawed. As I’ve written before, the only real way to judge if an album is a classic is to wait and see if it can truly stand the test of time. But if I were to write this review in a year, no one would want to read it. Readers demand reviews now, so instead I’m forced to digest an album as quickly as possible and project how I’ll feel about an album into the future. So will Something Else prove to be a classic? Honestly, I can’t say. But I will say that I already see there are concepts and layers to this album that will take me weeks, if not longer, to unravel, and that’s a far cry from the disposable music I’m flooded with every minute.

Who knows, maybe in a year all hip-hop will sound more like Something Else. Certain rappers, the true outsiders, are just so undeniably dope they shift hip-hop culture towards them. Tech N9ne is one of those rappers.

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Tech N9ne

Something Else

If someone merged almost every musical genre and trapped them in a kaleidoscope, it would sound like Tech N9ne’s thirteenth studio album, Something Else. Comprised of delectable guitar riffs, Heavy Metal pleasures fused with simplistic yet versatile beats and proactive, bloodcurdling sounds, the “Riot Maker” delivers an impressive project most wouldn’t have the balls to create. Broken down into three integral parts: fire, earth and water, the Kansas City native serves up a striking album that speaks to the complexities and contradictory nature of man. Extremely candid and reflective, Tech covers much ground, as the album becomes your compass through his evil brain/angel heart.

With a guest appearance list straight from a blogger’s dream (The Doors, Kendrick Lamar, Game, Cee Lo Green, Big K.R.I.T. and Serj Tankian), Tech recruited some predictable yet eclectic artists that aligned perfectly with his goal to push musical boundaries and showcase his artistic autonomy. He alongside his production team built upon multiple classic elements to create one uniformed sound that is as fascinating as it is confusing.

Haunting and sinister, the “Fire” tracks represent the dark, yet vivid imagery and thoughts within Tech. Songs like the terrorizing “Straight Out The Gate” which blend Rock and orchestral sounds, featuring System of a Down’s lead vocalist Serj Takian, are a good example of flawlessly marrying genres. Meanwhile, “Fragile” finds Tech N9ne and Kendrick Lamar annihilating a clear-cut beat through their bars with a concise delivery, while expressing disdain for critics. And Kendall Morgan’s emotive vocals entice the track making it a contender for best on the album.

As expected, the “Water” chapter is somewhat lighter in subject mater and definitely isn’t as introspective or weighty but far more deafening. Guests abound but sometimes don’t bring much aside from name recognition, and the most lighthearted portion of Something Else almost becomes monotonous in its goal to break up the heaviness it’s sandwiched between.

If any piece of this album represents Tech’s heart, “Earth” is it. “My Haiku-Burn The World” is emotionally taxing, with Tech and Krizz Kaliko playing off their solid chemistry as the electric guitar tantalizes the beat while asking, “Why did Adam shoot the school up?” Tech covers everything from death and epilepsy to abandonment. It is nice to hear him occasionally slow it up and allow us to internalize his lyrics, because he shines when he’s this transparent. The true standout is “Strange 2013” featuring The Doors. There is always some hesitation when any artist attempts to flip a classic, but Fredwreck nailed it with this delightful spin on The Door’s landmark “Strange Days.” Slightly reworked, but not enough to make it unrecognizable, this is the perfect middle finger moment to anyone that though Tech was a fly by night artist.

Something Else in all of its intense, loud, confusing and obnoxious glory is fluid in its musical movement and sincere in its content. The album is contradictory in subject matter and sound yet speaks to the idealistic and free flowing approach Tech takes when creating music. One minute, he is a fire-breathing rapper with a large amount of darkness that could slice your retina with one verse. The next, he is a softer, blemished parent that wants what’s best for his seeds and just likes to breathe easy. But this flip is what makes the album work and gives it its core. It’s authentic and full of heart while capturing the duality of man. Some may be confused with its composition and not sure how to label it, while others will bask in its inventiveness. Even the skits play a key role, and production wise, it’s stellar amid a few bad apples (“With The BS,” “Dwamn”). Seven—who handled most of the beats—alongside Fredwreck and Drumma Boy aided Tech in blending genres and truly giving this album an impressive backdrop that tells just as much of a story as the lyrics. Tech N9ne sounds sharp over complicated production that has many layers to peel back. And he took big risks that will pay off, as Something Else will surely be a contender for album of the year. There are a few holes—the project’s length and forgettable appearances (Wiz Khalifia on “See Me”)—but overall, it’s an incredible album that will keep that hint of burgundy in the sky.

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Tech N9ne – ‘Something Else’ Album Review

Few rappers can say they have been in the game for over a decade and consistently shown their progression as artists. Tech N9ne is on his 13th studio album, where he’s managed to raise the stakes once again. Bringing established names along with newcomers has always been his thing, but the KCMO native stands out for delivering lyricism, covering a wide swath of topics and blending genres to make a sound that stands out on its own. With names like The Doors and Kendrick Lamar paying their respects on Something Else, Tech’s signature intensity is on course for mainstream embracement. Here, he teeters between his darkest emotional songs and surefire hits that are clear signs of him transcending underground hip-hop.

Tech isn’t as powerful and outspoken as before. He’s more reflective on this release, delving into personal subjects, relationships and connecting with stories that hit close to home. On one hand, Tech’s always been leftfield, and that’s evident in “B.I.T.C.H.” with T-Pain. The acronym stands for “Breaking Into Colored Houses,” a conceptual song that targets the misconception of a particular group that is only in tune to the Strange Music movement. Literally, he’s coming through your television screens and “puttin’ all the face paint I can put on” to prove his point. But, on the other hand, Tech can manipulate the right artists to create raw posse cuts that hold up next to major-label concoctions. The funky Drumma Boy-produced “See Me” features B.o.B and Wiz Khalifa. Not only does the track have an assist from one of the biggest rappers out today, it shows Tech’s hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed.

Tech’s focus comes through clearest on this album when categorizes the songs as fire, water and earth—he calls out the section specifically at key moments—a theme that represents him rising from the ashes. Certain tracks fit this mold perfectly, such as “I’m Not A Saint,” a confessional song filled with his feelings about what wasn’t right in his past, and “That’s My Kid,” a beautifully written song about his mistakes as a father featuring Big K.R.I.T., Cee Lo Green and Kutt Calhoun. To top it off, “Strange 2013” is a strong remake that executes his rock influences without any force. Day-one fans will appreciate Tech aligning himself with The Doors—his own label is named after two of their classics after all.

It is well known that Tech’s songwriting is the best attribute in his artistic arsenal. However, there are instances where it’s lacking. On tracks like “Love 2 Dislike Me” and “Dwamn,” he can’t seem to focus on which direction to take the song. The former is an attempt to weave heavy metal and hip-hop, and the latter is a shot at a club anthem. While seeing Tech experimenting and thinking outside of the box is commendable, these tracks would be better if they contained sharper rhymes that fall into their niches. These are minor shortcomings, though, as his supreme confidence is what really dominates the album.

Though Tech proves he’s a master of the flow and storytelling (“My Haiku—Burn The World,” “Fragile,” “Priorities”), his approach to what he dubs as “beautiful music” has yet to reach the level of pop culture icon. Something Else—his most cohesive balance of indie and mainstream—will be remembered as an album that brought him closer to acceptance. Whether Tech wants the bigger fame or not is unclear, but it’s safe to say the growth he displays here is one step nearer. He’s strange, he’s provocative, but the lesser shock value on this album marks it as his true debut to a larger audience.—Eric Diep (@E_Diep)

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Album Review: Rittz, The Life And Times Of Jonny Valiant

Since turning heads with an appearance on Yelawolf’s landmark Trunk Muzik mixtape, Rittz has been patiently waiting in the wings, making the most of feature-spots and eventually his own well-received mixtape, 2011’s White Jesus. But with a heightened fan base and Strange Music’s backing, The Life & Times of Jonny Valiant is by far the biggest moment of this long-hair-don’t-care, frenetically paced MC’s career. And he doesn’t seem to whiff.

If it’s your first time listening to Rittz, the obvious reference point for his flow is that of Twista’s. Much like the reverential Chicago MC, Rittz has one speed, and that’s very fast. His high-octane, quick-fire approach matched with that endearing sort of scrappy, hardworking man’s charisma, which begs for compassion on tracks like the autobiographical “My Interview,” makes listening to Rittz rap over the tape’s 16 strong a genuine pleasure.

Strange Music was the ideal home for Rittz, and there are no glaring compromises to be found here, unless you want to count the two Mike Posner features, which are both damn good songs. There don’t seem to be those apparent concessions (Remember Yelawolf’s Radioactive?) to sneak in one or two radio-ready singles, and there aren’t any beats being rapped over or subjects being touched upon that appear forced upon him. At times, the production veers towards almost too sonically cohesive, but it’s hard to singlehandedly knock any of the beat choices. Ultimately, Rittz’s authentic, stick to the script approach goes a long way towards the album’s successes.

Along those lines, Rittz keeps a close circle when it comes to the album’s features — Posner, Yelawolf, K.R.I.T., Suga Free and Strange Music cohorts Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko. This contributes to the sense of ownership Rittz maintains throughout the project and gives it that feel of a true solo album — something major label debuts often miss the mark on. Whether it’s his struggles with addiction or his struggles to find success in music, Rittz unapologetically sticks to rapping about what he knows best.

While these struggles might seem like a bit of a downer on paper, Rittz should win over listeners with the unmistakable honesty he raps with. He’s a highly affable “underdog,” one who can rap about his misfortunes with confidence, hope and determination. Like Drake once said of himself early on in his career, Rittz seems to just want to be successful. But his “started from the bottom” tale is one that’s detailed thoroughly throughout The Life & Times of Jonny Valiant, not an empty rallying cry. It’s unlikely Rittz’s rap career will ever reach the heights of a Drizzy, but for now, this honest, attention-grabbing album feels like the victory Rittz has long been waiting for.—@wavydavewilliam

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Old 08-02-2013, 05:22 PM   #162
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The Life And Times Of Jonny Valiant

Despite the pressures that are attributed to preparing a debut album, Rittz finds himself in a unique position for success. A Slumerican ally through and through, the Atlanta rapper joined Strange Music last year, and in doing so bought himself a slice of creative control for what would become The Life And Times Of Jonny Valiant. With his Alabama brother and arguably the biggest independent label behind him, Rittz follows through with a project that captures the essence of his Gwinnett County upbringing.

Much like Yelawolf, Rittz finds lyrical traction in examining his personal misfortune. Set to a gloomy backdrop, his words on “Misery Loves Company” flow off the tip of his tongue with ease as he details a broken conscience formed by adolescent negligence and substance abuse. Similarly, “My Interview” dissects different aspects of his life through public perception. While the record is rooted within a flat premise, it draws out a hostile side of Rittz that is warranted considering the repetitious questions he encounters. His rocky relationship takes center stage, with “Always Gon Be” candidly illustrating the pangs he goes through to form a better life for himself and his girl while out on the road.

Of course, discussing Rittz wouldn’t be complete without mentioning his rapid-fire delivery. Likely a selling point in his deal with Strange, the Southern chopper holds his own alongside Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko on “Say No More” for a fiery track that will burn out the replay button. He keeps the swift syllables rolling on “For Real,” but where Rittz makes his most progress is when he pushes his musical boundaries. “Switch Lanes” may initially come off as a “girl record,” but from his vibrant demeanor to Mike Posner’s melodic offerings, it’s a convincing performance that will have fans pining for more. Taking a more soulful approach, Rittz taps Suga Free for a playful cut that’s right up the Pomona, California native’s alley.

The brunt of the albums musical transgressions come when Rittz loses sight of his intent. In what was likely one of the more anticipated records on Jonny Valiant, the Yelawolf-assisted “Heaven” comes off as a cryptically clumsy effort. The same can be said for “F**k Swag,” a callous record that fastens Rittz as a disgruntled peer. Though it’s clear he’s internalized a disdain for rappers that gain notoriety based on their look rather than skills, the negative energy he put into making “F**k Swag” could have been used more productively elsewhere. Over a menacing beat courtesy of Five Points Music Group (spearheaded by DJ Burn One), “Amen” starts off solid with Rittz revisiting a recent coke binge gone awry. However, instead of continuing with the gripping experience, he awkwardly transitions into verses about homelessness and prom queens. Nothing wrong with diversifying, but a bit of focal discretion goes a long way.

While Rittz hasn’t yet reached his recording pinnacle, The Life And Times Of Jonny Valiant provides a thorough impression of his abilities as well as what he can strive for in the coming years. Going on nearly two decades since he first grasped the notion of becoming an emcee, it may have taken longer than expected, but Rittz is finally seeing the fruits of his labor flourish.

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Old 08-02-2013, 05:24 PM   #163
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Rittz - The Life and Times of Jonny Valiant

Production: Coop Take Off On ‘Em, DJ Burn One, Kasper Brightside, Lifted, M. Stacks, Matic Lee, Mike Posner, Rittz Track Bangas

Lead Single: For Real

Rittz, the Slumerican-affiliated DJBooth favorite who delivered White Jesus, and later his Revival, has released his Strange Music debut, The Life and Times of Jonny Valiant.

The album comes locked and loaded with 16 tracks in total, including lead single "For Real" and Booth-approved selections "Switch Lanes" and "Like I Am." Joining the Atlanta emcee on his latest musical journey are Big K.R.I.T., Krizz Kaliko, Mike Posner, Suga Free, Tech N9ne and Yelawolf, while notable production credits belong to DJ Burn One, Lifted, M. Stacks and Track Bangas.

When you’re in high school, your horizon often only extends as far as your beat up, hand me down, used car will drive; and that’s if you’re lucky enough to have a beat up car. The people you know might as well be the only people that exist in the world, so if you don’t quite fit the mold, it’s easy to feel like an outsider in your own town. Maybe your athletic skills don’t extend past Frisbee golf in a city obsessed with football, maybe you’re forced to shop with food stamps in a school teeming with spoiled rich kids, or maybe, hypothetically speaking, you’re a white, aspiring rapper with giant red hair in a….well, pretty much anywhere. If it feels like you’re an outcast, that’s because you probably are.

But then something happens. You grow up. You travel. You break beyond those boundaries that once seemed so absolute, and as you do, you discover there are more people like you than you had ever imagined. Maybe not exactly like you, you’re pretty much guaranteed to always be the only white rapper with giant red hair, but fellow outcasts. People who know what it feels like to take a different path, and suffer the stings of that different path. In fact, you start to realize that the people who always made you feel bad for failing to live up to the perfection they projected, are just as imperfect as you.

It’s tempting to write that these last three years are the story of Rittz moving from outsider to insider status, but the truth is that his rise is the product of embracing his outsider status. In many ways that makes Strange Music, a label whose success stems from finding unity by embracing difference, the perfect home for the man they call White Jesus, and explains why his new album, The Life And Times Of Jonny Valiant, is so thoroughly, if I can coin a term, unapologetically Rittzian.

It’s no accident that the first four tracks of Jonny Valiant are as much manifestos as songs. Intro is about as fearlessly honest of a song as you’re going to get; plus Rittz brings back the random Japanese lady from White Jesus’ intro. Longtime fans know what I’m talking about. Similarly, My Interview not only answers every question you’d have about him, but every question he’s ever been asked, while if Like I Am is the first Rittz song you ever heard, you’d still understand exactly who he is. And just in case there was still any confusion about the man’s proclivities, the rapid-fire F**k Swag closes out the album’s opening.

It has to be acknowledged that Johnny Valiant does make at least one attempt at sitting at the cool kids table with the requisite “song for the ladies”, Switch Lanes. I’ve written far too much about Mike Posner to pretend to enjoy the man’s musical stylings now, but that doesn’t mean I’m mad. For what it aims to be it works, but this isn’t what makes Rittz stand out. Amen, on the other hand, now there’s a song literally no one else could make, and the same goes for Sober. How many other people who have used their label debut album to bring on legendary Bay Area rapper Suga Free for a track that sounds like some old school Blackstreet or Jodeci, only with more cocaine and homemade porn? That was a rhetorical question. No one.

While a close listen to Jonny Valiant reveals a far more subtle and intricate emcee than it might first appear, there are always going to be people who remain immune to subtlety. Those are the people you have to smack over the head to earn their respect, and Rittz has some smack-worthy material for them as well. Say No More becomes a new school Strange Music classic by bringing on Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko for some seriously high caliber microphone work, and For Real can’t truly be appreciated unless played at window rattling volumes. You may not love him, but there’s just no way you can claim to love rap and not at least respect Rittz’ skills after listening to Valiant.

Will The Life And Times Of Jonny Valiant be the album that blows Rittz a superstar? No. But the last thing hip-hop needs is another superstar. Hip-hop needs someone every outsider can relate to, someone who remains dedicated to being himself (and sounds damn good in the process). If Rittz can continue to do that, and Jonny Valiant suggests he can, he’ll attract more fans than any poser possibly could. The secret is that the outsiders outnumber the insiders, we’re just waiting for an artist to build something large enough to hold us all.

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