Midwest rap veteran Tech N9ne recently discussed his newfound public praise from artists like Lil Wayne and how T-Pain took his producer from under his arms.
Although he is cool with Pain, Tech admitted the auto-tune perfectionist took his producer away from him.
“I’m working on All 6’s and 7’s, my new album,” Tech explained in an interview. “So, the first song I’ma do is called ‘F*ck Food.’ I’ma send it to Wayne. And T-Pain. I’m probably gonna contact him first. I’ma put my verse on it, and put the hook on it for T-Pain. Hopefully T-Pain will do it. We been talking back and forth with T-Pain through [Krizz] Kaliko, ’cause Kaliko just did a song for him on his mixtape. And my producer is now his producer. T-Pain stole my producer, Young Fyre. So that’s why I can’t get no Young Fyre beats no more. [Laughs] So tell Pain since he stole my producer, he gotta do this hook for me. [Laughs]” (Hip Hop DX)
Tech also shared his reaction to rap veteran Fat Joe recently praising him.
“I read that. He been coming to a couple of shows, [arranged] through my security, who’s like his brother,” Tech said referring to Joey Crack. “And [Fat Joe’s right-hand-man] Macho is the one that hooked the thing up with Lil Wayne for me to get into Rikers [Island]. Macho is I think Joe’s manager or something like that. So, we’re all connected. Joe just came to my show in Fort Lauderdale. We did a show here in Kansas City. That’s family. So that’s beautiful that he thinks that about [me].” (Hip Hop DX)
Recently, Joe said he believes Tech is hip-hop’s best kept secret.
“I’m going to tell you who the biggest artist in America is that nobody really knows about: Tech9. He tours all year round and I go to his shows and there’s always 5000 dudes mashing it up and everything. He could be one of the richest rappers on earth because his following is incredible but you don’t hear him on the radio. He’s a true genius of marketing. Because of his demand he’ll eventually have one record go through the cracks into the mainstream. He has a huge following and it’s just a matter of time.” (Global Grind)
Last summer, Lil Wayne publicly co-signed N9ne’s music while serving out a one-year jail sentence.
“I’ve been saying to myself that I really want to do a song with either Andre 3000 or my man…Tech N9ne,” he said. “Other than that, I’ve been really trying to do a song with this little dude, this boy Weezy. That boy Weezy, he’s stupid [laughs].” (Hot 97)
Check out some recent Tech N9ne footage below: