News: Tech N9ne Tells Majors To Put Up Or Shut Up, "It'll Have To Be Around $900 Million"
Wednesday, Jun 15, 2011 4:00PM
As his All 6's & 7's album has shipped over 55,000 units, Midwest rap veteran Tech N9ne is relishing in his biggest opening week ever and informing major labels that he is not looking to switch over to the dark side.
Reflecting on the success he has achieved as an indie artist, Tech said it would be nearly impossible for him to consider joining a big-budget label.
"They've already been calling, since last year or the year before. They've already been calling and asking us questions and stuff," Tech said referring to the majors. "I think Strange Music will be the major this year or next year. It's looking that way...You might wanna ask [my business partner] Travis this question [of joining a major]. He'll probably say it'll have to be around $900 million or something [to sign a deal]. We're good." (MTV)
Today, Tech's new album dominated its SoundScan competition by debuting in the Top 5.
Leading the pack this week is Tech N9ne's All 6's & 7's opening up at No. 4 behind Book of Mormon's Original Cast Recording (60,700), Lady Gaga's Born This Way (100,200) and Adele's 21 (114,300). According to Nielsen SoundScan, Tech's latest offering has sold 55,800 pieces after seven days in stores. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
Earlier this week, the rapper offered a suggestion for all major record companies.
"I would change the major labels' tendency to try and clone successful acts. We need people who are visionaries and take chances, like Def Jam took chances. I want the labels to stop trying to make Jay-Z clones and to make Eminem clones. I want them to break some new artists." (Prefix Mag)
Hoodlife Cyphas CEO Terrell Blair crowned Tech N9ne as SOHH Underrated this week.
"And look at his longevity. The fact that he's able to tour year round is amazing. Look at his hunger. I talked to him recently and he said he's still trying to capture more of the East Coast. They're still looking to get a fan base here in New York and New Jersey. They're still trying to do shows in New York. He's so humble too. He's an individual that the typical consumer or rap head will not associate themselves with. When they hear Tech N9ne, they may associate him as one of these young, up-and-coming cats so I look at his longevity and the fact that he's still humble about it. He's still hungry." (SOHH Underrated)
Check out some recent Tech N9ne footage down below: