23 Songs, 1 Hour 19 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Tech N9ne's Strange Records has been key in exposing underground MCs to a bigger audience. And on this second label showcase, the Midwest rap kingpin hosts some young guns and established names for a potent crew outing. Tech’s ridiculously dextrous flow is all over the album—he's like a stone skipping smoothly across a pond on the minimalist “MMM.” But things really explode on Vol. II's five cypher tracks: MURS gets tough as nails on a dark, sludgy beat, while Big Scoob and JL B. Hood run roughshod over a trap-tinged banger.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Tech N9ne's Strange Records has been key in exposing underground MCs to a bigger audience. And on this second label showcase, the Midwest rap kingpin hosts some young guns and established names for a potent crew outing. Tech’s ridiculously dextrous flow is all over the album—he's like a stone skipping smoothly across a pond on the minimalist “MMM.” But things really explode on Vol. II's five cypher tracks: MURS gets tough as nails on a dark, sludgy beat, while Big Scoob and JL B. Hood run roughshod over a trap-tinged banger.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
161 Ratings
161 Ratings
IHaveASmallPackage ,

High hopes

Normally, when someone puts out music as often as tech, quantity suffers in the quality department. Techs stuff doesnt. The best part about himis how often he puts out new content. And its all freakin amazing.

2xcombatvet ,

Tech is GOAT

His is the definition of a legend. Every word he spits melts in the ears of thousands probably millions now. He brings what we want no matter who we are. Technician till I die.

Thffh ,

Tech Plays Ball and Slays All

Another well planned, perfectly executed Strange album. Keep it 💯

About Tech N9ne Collabos

Prolific Kansas City rapper and head of the Strange Music label Tech N9ne released his first Tech N9ne Collabos effort in 2007. His sixth LP overall, Misery Loves Kompany would be the start of a successful series of collaborative albums that attracted both up-and-coming and high-profile guests from across genres. Kompany featured an extensive roster of guests, including frequent collaborators Krizz Kaliko, Yukmouth, and Kutt Calhoun, and debuted in the Top 50 of the Billboard 200. Sickology 101 followed in 2009, adding Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's Krayzie Bone, Chino XL, and Big Scoob into the mix. The album debuted near the Top 20. After releasing a pair of darker solo efforts, Tech unveiled the third Collabos LP, The Gates Mixed Plate. Krizz, Kutt, Yukmouth, and the gang of familiar guests returned for another round, adding new faces like Devin the Dude, Jay Rock, 816 Boyz, and more. Gates debuted at 13 on the charts -- topping the Independent Albums chart and peaking at number five on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart -- and spawned the summer hit, "O.G."

Two albums and a mixtape were released before 2011's Welcome to Strangeland, another Top 30 debut and showcase for his label's artists. Tech issued two albums and three EPs before the fifth Collabos album -- the longest stretch between Collabos releases -- that arrived in 2014. Strangeulation featured the entire Strange posse, including new addition Murs, as well as figures from the rock world like Serj Tankian (System of a Down) and John 5 (Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie). The most successful Collabo to date, Strangeulation debuted at number five on the Billboard 200 and topped the R&B/hip-hop, rap, and independent charts. A 2015 sequel -- Tech's second release that year -- once again featured the entire Strange clan. Following 2016's solo effort, The Storm, Tech returned with the seventh Collabos album, Dominion, in the spring of 2017. Months later, another Collabos collection arrived. Strange Reign featured appearances by JL, Jay Trilogy, Rittz, Big Scoob, Murs, Krizz Kaliko, MAYDAY!, CES Cru, and more. ~ Neil Z. Yeung

ORIGIN
Kansas City, MO
GENRE
Hip-Hop
FORMED
2007

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