Aaron Dontez Yates (born November 8, 1971; Kansas City, Missouri), better known by his stage name Tech N9ne, is an American rapper. With a career spanning over 25 years, Tech N9ne is widely regarded as one of the most successful independent artists in c...
Aaron Dontez Yates (born November 8, 1971; Kansas City, Missouri), better known by his stage name Tech N9ne, is an American rapper. With a career spanning over 25 years, Tech N9ne is widely regarded as one of the most successful independent artists in contemporary rap and hip-hop music.Tech N9ne is known for his wide range of collaborations with other well-known artists.
Early in his career, Tech N9ne was a member of a group called Black Mafia, which was founded by Black Walt in 1990. However, Tech didn't appear on the group's tape, which was released in 1991. The group was signed to Perspective Records in 1993. However, the group disbanded soon after being released from the label. Tech often pays tribute to the group in his lyrics by saying "Six, six, triple eight, forty six, ninety nine, three" (6688846993), which spells out Nnutthowze on the touch pad numbers of a telephone. Additionally, he saw glimpses of success as a member of the 57th Street Rogue Dog Villians.
Tech N9ne is a member of The Regime, a large collective of MCs including Yukmouth, Dru Down, Gonzoe, Tha Realest and Messy Marv among various others. Fellow Kansas City rappers BG Bulletwound and Grant Rice are also included in the collective's roster. Tech N9ne is one of the original members of The Regime, as he has been with the group since its creation by Yukmouth in 1997.
In September 2008, Tech N9ne officially hit a milestone in his career, recording over a million album sales to date, thanks to the release of his double album, Killer. Despite the accomplishment, the rapper remembers the struggles of his career, up until this point. However, he wasn't surprised. "It just reminded me of all the work we done in the past, up until now. It's something. It's dope," the rapper told BallerStatus.com. "I don't think it's sunken in yet. I've been celebrating for the last two days because that's a hell of an accomplishment. I've been planning success all my life. I'm not even a bit surprised, I'm happy about it. That just means I was right." Sickology 101: The Study of Being Sick was released on April 28, 2009. Sickology is the second Tech N9ne collabos album (the first being Misery Loves Kompany), the album has several guest appearances such as Krayzie Bone, Crooked I, Messy Marv and Chino XL.
His newest album K.O.D. was released on October 26, 2009. The album was accompanied by the "K.O.D" tour featuring Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, Slaughterhouse, Glasses Malone, Stevie Stone, and the newly signed artist to Strange Music, Big Scoob.