Tech N9ne Biography
Tech N9ne Biography
Aaron Dontez Yates (born November 8, 1971 in Kansas City, Missouri) better known by his stage name Tech N9ne, is an American rapper. His musical career has spanned 20 years, during which he has performed sold out shows from Los Angeles to New York City. He is also the best selling MC out of his hometown of Kansas City. Tech N9ne's relative success is most notable for being derived from a strong fan base, regular live performances, and an encouragement of online song sharing rather than media attention, radio play, or extensive music video play.
Tech N9ne is known for his wide range of collaborations with other well-known artists, including 2Pac, Brotha Lynch Hung, E-40, C-Bo, D12, Kottonmouth Kings, Insane Clown Posse, Twiztid, Yukmouth, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Hed PE, Jurassic 5, Roger Troutman, and various others. In 1999, Tech N9ne was included on the track (and accompanying video) "The Anthem" from Sway & King Tech, two radio personalities based in California. The track and video featured Eminem, RZA, KRS-One, Chino XL, Pharoahe Monch, Xzibit, Kool G Rap, and Jayo Felony. He started his rap career because of a dare from one of his friends in high school. Early in his career, Tech N9ne was a member of a group called "NNUTT HOWZE", which he pays tribute to in many of his lyrics by saying "Six, six, triple eight, forty six, ninety nine, three" (6688846993), which spells out NNUTT HOWZE on the touch pad numbers of a telephone. However, the group disbanded when they were dropped from their label, Perspective Records. Additionally, he saw glimpses of success as a member of the 57th Street Rogue Dog Villians - also a Kansas City-based group - with their single "Let's Get Fucked Up". 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 collectives 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. The stage name Tech N9ne derives from the word technique and the number 9, 9 being the number of completion; meaning he is a 'complete emcee'.