He's a Mental Giant

Album: All 6's and 7's (2011)
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  • The first official single from Kansas City native Tech N9ne's twelfth studio album was produced by Wichita, Kansas native Seven and written by the rapper with his long term collaborator Krizz Kaliko. It was released on May 4, 2011.
  • The Dan Gedman directed video was premiered on May 29, 2011 on MTV2. Though its Wizard of Oz concept came from Gedman, Tech N9ne also credits Tupac with helping to spark the idea. He recalled the teasing he got from 'Pac and other rappers: "I remember when I met Tupac in '92 at Jack the Rapper [music conference] at the Atlanta Hilton. I used to be down there in the lobby and Tupac down there drunk, yelling and stuff. I used to tell everybody I was from K.C.; they was like, 'They let y'all rap in Kansas City? How's Dorothy and Toto?' . I'm like, 'OK, watch this.' "
  • Tech N9ne was born Aaron Dontez Yates and his stage name originated from the TEC-9 semi-automatic handgun, given to him by rapper Black Walt due to his fast rhyming style.
  • Tech has stated that the All 6's and 7's album title means "in a state of confusion and disarray," adding that it was his "biggest" and "craziest" album of all. It lived up to his boast, selling 55,715 copies in its first week of release and debuting at #4 on the Billboard 200, the first Top 10 placing of his career.
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