In terms of longevity and success in hip-hop Tech N9ne gets very little of the recognition and respect he deserves. But the fact is that he’ll probably go down as the most successful independent rapper ever. So successful that this is his 20th, yes 20th, album and he doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. While he started out as more of hardcore, side show to hip-hop, he’s gone more and more mainstream over the years and Planet is more in line with that trajectory than his older sound. Die hard fans might not like it but I find that he’s been able to make his music more generally accessible without losing his signature style or selling out. Even if the production is more in line with the ‘popular’ sounds he still keeps that menacing undertone and breakneck double time flow, all while laying down some incredibly personal verses that make him even more relatable than ever. He even shows his deep love for the tradition of hip-hop and its tradition. 20 albums in and he still finds ways to elevate his craft; I think it’s more than time he gets the respect he deserves as one of hip-hop’s greatest to ever do it – not only the hardest working.
“Fed up with everything, I’m cynical than I ever been
I’ll make the Beretta ring if any comin’ up at a king
Alluding to leveling a leader livin’ a better dream
Kinda like the brother on the side of Coretta King!
But the people, they made me a monster
I need a getaway and may need some Kontra-
Band in my hand I’m goin’ crazy and bonkers
Like I’m rich and my baby’s Ivanka!”
Have you heard Planet? What’d you think about it? Where would you rank this among his extensive discography? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your own ratings and reactions to the album.
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