Tech N9ne is famous for his various alter egos, including the face-painted Clown. The Kansas City rapper speaks here about how fans relate to A$AP Rocky, Drake and Kanye West over him as he doesn't dress like the typical "hood" MC and when he starts to chop, they can't understand what he's saying.
How is he livin' lavish when he rap really fast and he mask it?
They don't get it when I gas it
They laugh at it, mad it ain't ratchet
They wanna wear clothes just like A$AP Rocky, like Yeezy and Drake
That's what they identify with, not with a nigga with the clown paint on his face
Tech told Billboard magazine: "I've got lyrics, man. I know how to do music, no matter how weird I look on stage with the face paint, mask and hospital scrubs. I'm not trying to be all pretty onstage like everybody else, and I know I'm different, but the fact that I am is the reason I'm still here today.
I've gotten better at accepting that these later years. It was hard along the way because I just wanted to be accepted by my peers. After a while, I stopped giving a f--k and decided to do me. When I did that, I caught the attention of all my peers. People are still scared of me but it's a part of me that I can't hide. I've learned to deal with it these days."