District N9ne

Kansas City's alpha rapper rethinks his drive for fame and fortune in the face of family turmoil

Aaron Yates aka Tech N9ne

Aaron Yates aka Tech N9ne

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District N9ne: An interview with Tech N9ne

It’s a testament to Tech N9ne’s insatiable appetite for success that he still feels like he’s only halfway along his journey. The Kansas City rapper has designs on even bigger stages with his upcoming album “K.O.D.” (due October 27). The album’s dark tone finds Tech questioning the significance of his ...

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Hundreds of thousands of records sold. A $2.1 million office suite housing his massive merchandising operation. Adoring crowds from Amsterdam to L.A. Collaborations with Ice Cube and Three 6 Mafia.

And yet Tech N9ne still doesn’t feel like he’s “arrived.”

It’s a testament to Aaron Yates’ insatiable appetite for success that he still feels like he’s only halfway along his journey. The Kansas City rapper boasts that he’s the #1 independent rapper in the world, and it’s hard to argue given the kind of empire he’s built.

Still, Tech has designs on even bigger things with his upcoming album “K.O.D.” (due October 27). The album’s dark tone finds Tech questioning the significance of his success in the face of his mother’s declining health. Which is not to say it will be a downer of a disc; Tech has a gift for turning the darkest emotions into the hardest-banging tracks.

In the midst of his personal struggles, Tech has enjoyed a massive summer that took him across the U.S. with the Rock the Bells tour and then to Europe. He discussed all this and his trip to Amsterdam’s Red Light District during the course of our hour-long interview.

Tech and his Strange Music crew hit the Granada on Friday.

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