Album Review | Tech N9ne – Sickology 101

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This is Tech N9ne’s eighth studio album, and the 2nd in his “Collabos” series. I feel like it’s been a long time since I did one of these Tech N9ne reviews, so I decided to break from my schedule and get this one outta the way. I’m about half way through his discography at the moment. This is one of Tech’s shorter albums, which honestly isn’t saying much, but I’m still glad I don’t have to listen to over twenty songs for this review. It came out on April 29th in 2009. I really don’t have shit to say. It’s another Tech N9ne album. Hopefully I enjoy it more than the past few Tech albums I’ve reviewed. I was starting to get sick of him, but it’s been a minute since I listened to any of his shit, so hopefully I don’t hate this.

Track 1: Sickology 101 Feat. Chino XL & Crooked I (Prod. Wyshmaster)

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Wow, Tech really needs to work on his single art. 9 times outta 10 it’s just the regular ass album cover with the name of the song plastered over it. His actual album covers could use some work too honestly. Anyway, this song is probably gonna be great. The features look dope af. You can’t go wrong with Crooked I & Tech N9ne on the same track. I don’t think I’ve ever actually heard any of Chino XL’s music. I know he’s supposed to be dope af tho. The song’s starting now. Okay. I guess I’m in “Sickology” class. That’s kinda corny… This beat isn’t bad. Tech’s goin’ the fuck in right now. His verse was dope. This is a great way to start the album. The hook could definitely be better, but it’s not bad enough to ruin the track for me. Crooked I’s goin’ in now. He recently changed his name to “KXNG Crooked” which I personally think is bullshit. “Crooked I” was actually kind of a cool name. I feel like every other rapper’s name starts with “King, Young,” or “Lil” these days. I’m always gonna call him Crooked I, but that’s just me. Anyway, his verse was great. It’s definitely not the best verse I’ve heard from him, but he still went in. Chino had a really good verse too. That “Chris Brown & Rihanna” punchline normally wouldn’t have bothered me, but I didn’t need the punching & screaming sound effects. It’s not really that big of a deal. This song is dope. The beat & hook didn’t really stand out at all, but every MC had a great verse. I fuck with this. 4/5

Track 2: Midwest Choppers 2 Feat. K-Dean & Krayzie Bone (Prod. Young Fyre & Karbon)

This is obviously another one of Tech’s more popular songs. I haven’t heard the first Midwest Choppers song, which kinda sucks, but it doesn’t really matter. I fuck with Krayzie Bone, so I’m expecting this to be great. It’s starting now. “We scoured the globe on a quest to find the most elite, most intricate tongues of all time.” This intro is corny af. Why the fuck is he talking like a wizard from some dorky ass video game? I hate when Tech does weird ass shit like that. I mean, it’s obviously not that big of a problem, but I just wish it didn’t happen. There’s no way I could penalize this song for something like that tho. K-Dean is goin’ in now. This beat is dope af. It actually kinda sounds like video game music. Not in a dorky way tho. I like it. It sounds like some shit that would play during the last level of a video game. Of course K-Dean’s flow is fuckin’ crazy on this shit. That’s to be expected on a song like this. K-Dean killed it. His verse was dope af. The hook is actually really dope too. He’s chanting the same shit that was at the beginning of Worldwide Choppers. This is great. This hook is better than that of any of the Worldwide Choppers songs in my opinion. Krayzie Bone’s goin’ in now. Yes. This is so dope. Holy fuckin’ shit. He’s spittin’ like a chopper, but it still sounds really smooth. This is crazy. He killed it. Goddamn. I’m really enjoying this. Okay, Tech’s goin’ in now. Goddamn. His verse just ended. He ripped that shit apart. You could tell that he wasn’t tryna let Krayzie Bone or K-Dean outdo him. He went the fuck off. I definitely fuck with this song. This is absolutely dope af. 5/5

Track 3: Ghetto Love Feat. Krizz Kaliko & Kutt Calhoun (Prod. Young Fyre & Karbon)

The song’s starting now. It’s called Ghetto Love. GHETTO LOVE. That is a STUPID ass title. Oh man… Krizz Kaliko’s singin’ the hook. It’s not good. I’m not feelin’ this hook at all. It’s not good. Krizz is on the first verse. I can already tell that I don’t like this song. They’re talking about havin’ sex. I never like it when Tech raps about this shit. I definitely don’t wanna hear THIS GUY rappin’ about sex.

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Look at his gums. Why are his gums so big? The beat’s fine I guess. I feel like I’ve heard this song already. Tech makes the same song on every album. There’s always a song like this. The only difference is the beat and the hook. This isn’t for me. Even if it was tho… I really don’t think that Tech does a good job talking about shit like this. This hook is so bad. I really don’t think I like Krizz Kaliko anymore. I don’t even really like it when he raps anymore… Kutt Calhoun’s verse was… Fuck man. Anytime these guys from Strange make a song like this, I feel like I’m listening to a thirteen year old boy who has never interacted with a girl before talk about how big his dick is, and how he’s so good at “making sex.” This is really bad. I’m not feelin’ this shit. Tech’s about to go in now… “After your coochie crusade / You know she ghetto if she come and bring you Kool-Aid.” Nope. Nah. Not feelin’ this song at all. This is awful to me. It’s wack af. 1/5

Track 4: Poh Me Anutha Feat. Kutt Calhoun & Potluck (Prod. Young Fyre & Yung Fokus)

Man this album has some interesting song titles… Oh my God. My brother has the TV on SO FUCKING LOUD right now. Alright, the song’s starting. This hook is alright I guess. It’s not nearly as bad as that of the previous track. This is so juvenile… I guess you could say that about a lot of Tech’s music… I honestly didn’t even think about how juvenile his music was until I heard him burp at the beginning of this track. He’s goin’ in on the first verse now. His flow is dope. I guess this isn’t a bad verse… I’m really just not very interested in the shit he’s rapping about right now. The beat isn’t very good. Kutt’s on the next verse. This beat’s actually kinda growing on me… The primary loop isn’t anything special, but all of the elements of the production come together pretty nicely. Kutt’s verse was fine. He did his thing. The autotune on his last few bars wasn’t necessary tho. I wasn’t really feelin’ 1 Ton’s verse. Underrated’s verse wasn’t very good either… His delivery was wack. I don’t think this song is that bad. I wouldn’t ever listen to it again voluntarily tho. It’s alright. 3/5

Track 5: We Kixin’ It Feat. Ron Ron & The Popper (Prod. Young Fyre)

Why is this guy’s name The Popper? I just can’t get over that… Anyway, the song’s starting now. Tech immediately starts goin’ in as soon as the track begins. This beat is actually dope af. I really fuck with this beat. This song is meant to be played at parties I guess. You probably already knew that from the title… I’m enjoying it tho. I usually don’t like this kinda shit from Tech, but I think he did this well. There weren’t any horrible lines, and the beat is dope af. The hook’s not bad. Ron Ron’s goin’ in now. I actually enjoyed his verse too. That line where he was like “OH… NO… Santa Clause please say it ain’t so.” was pretty bad tho. I’m not really sure what Santa has to do with anything… Some people are saying that he was so drunk that he got Santa mixed up with God. I guess that makes sense. It’s still a really bad line. I enjoyed his verse tho. His flow was cool. I wouldn’t really have any problems with his verse if it wasn’t for that line. The Popper’s verse was fine. I like this song. I’m not really blown away by anything other than the beat, but the verses were good too. I mean, they weren’t really good lyrically, but I enjoyed it. That outro from Tech was pretty horrible, but I still fuck with this. This is dope to me. 4/5

Track 6: Nothin’ Feat. Big Scoob & Messy Marv (Prod. Matic Lee)

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This was the final single to be released for this album. This beat doesn’t stand out at all. Tech did his thing on the first verse I guess. His flow actually wasn’t that impressive. This hook is pretty bad. Scoob’s verse was actually kinda dope. Messy Marv’s goin’ in now. I guess his verse was alright. I wasn’t really feelin’ his delivery, but other than that it was fine. That’s pretty much all I have to say about this one. I’m not feelin’ it. The beat is underwhelming, the hook is wack, and the verses don’t really stand out at all. This is wack to me. I’m not feelin’ it. 2/5

Track 7: Let Me In Feat. Krizz Kaliko, Cash Image & D-Loc Da Chop (Prod. Young Fyre & Karbon)

What the fuck is this intro? Tech N9ne’s tryna get into a club, but the guy with the list—what’s that guy called? Is he just another bouncer?—is some Southern white guy, and black people aren’t allowed in the club. I’m getting some homophobic vibes from the first line. “Come on in. You’re good, skinny jeans, come on in. Tight shirt, come on in. Ah, that new rock ‘n roll gay look, yeah, you’re cool, come on in.” As soon as Tech walks up, he’s like “Nah.” Wow. Tech’s apparently trying to “turn this all white club into a nigga club.” Yup. A “nigga club.” I’m not feelin’ this shit so far. I mean, the song hasn’t actually started, but I’m not a fan of this intro. Krizz Kaliko actually didn’t do that bad of a job with the hook. It’s not great, but it’s better than you would expect it to be. I still don’t really like it, but it’s not horrible. Cash Image is on the first verse. This beat is pretty dope. He did his thing I guess. This really just isn’t that interesting of a topic. They’re rapping about not being let into the club. I’m not the type of person to be in a club, so I can’t really relate to this shit. D-Loc’s verse wasn’t bad I guess. I’m not feelin’ the hook. Oh shit this song is apparently about two specific clubs that Tech couldn’t get into. That makes this a bit more interesting I guess. I still don’t really care tho… I don’t know. Tech’s verse had a lot of gay jokes. This isn’t for me. I don’t think it’s horrible, but it’s just not that good. It’s just another Tech N9ne song. It doesn’t stand out at all. It’s average at best for me. 3/5

Track 8: In The Air Feat. Craig Smith & Nesto The Owner (Prod. Wyshmaster)

I’m getting pretty bored… I’m ready for this album to be over already. I hope this song is better than the last few… It’s starting now. Damn. This beat is actually pretty dope. Craig Smith is on the first verse. I always wanna think that he’s a singer. Craig Smith sounds like the name of a white Country artist. I could see Tech doing a song with someone like that. Anyway, Craig Smith did his thing. I enjoyed his verse. This hook is kinda weird. I like it tho. Nesto’s on the second verse. He did his thing I guess. Apparently Jay Z was originally supposed to be on this song, but it didn’t work out, so Tech put Nesto in his place. That’s quite a downgrade. I mean, I’m not really into Jay Z like that, and Nesto’s verse wasn’t bad, but it definitely would’ve been more exciting if Jay was here. I’m not really trippin’ over it tho. I just thought it was kinda interesting. Tech’s about to go in now. His verse was dope. I could’ve done without the homophobic slur, but other than that his verse was great. This song is dope. There’s not anything that I dislike about this song. I’m not blown away by anything, but it’s still a good song. I fuck with this. It’s dope. 4/5

Track 9: Blown Away (Prod. Young Fyre)

This is the first solo track on the whole album. I guess that makes sense since this is a Collabos album…  Anyway, it’s starting now. Oh God… Tech N9ne’s singing in autotune on the hook… I guess once you get past the fact that Tech N9ne is the one singing, its not that bad of a hook. I mean, I don’t think it’s good, but it’s not that bad. Just kinda corny… This beat is dope af. The first verse is great. This is the kinda Tech I like. I love when Tech is hungry and frustrated at his lack of recognition. This is great. The hook is actually fine. I kinda fuck with it. I just wasn’t expecting to hear him singing. He sounds fine tho. Honestly, I’d take Tech N9ne with autotune over Krizz Kaliko 90% of the time. Damn. He dissed Keyshia Cole. Well, he didn’t really diss her… He just addressed something that she said about him. Apparently, at Summer Jam one year, the line up was supposed to be Keyshia Cole, then Tech N9ne, then T.I. Keyshia Cole complained about being followed up by Tech N9ne because she’d never heard of him. Wow. What a bitch. I never call women bitches, but she really made herself look like a bitch. I don’t mind her not knowing who he is because she can’t really help that. I don’t see why she had to make such a big deal out of it tho. She should’ve worried about her own set instead of trying to control the whole show. Apparently Keyshia Cole’s mother apologized to Tech N9ne. I don’t know if that’s actually true or if he just made that shit up for the song. “Fans waited, so we went, so she’d get it for later / But Frankie said, ‘Excuse my daughter, she’s a bit of a hater.” Woah… He kinda just took a shot at… Rakim… Wow. I was not expecting that shit… Tech N9ne just dissed RAKIM? Wow. This motherfucker’s got BALLZ. Apparently, Rakim was supposed to perform before Tech N9ne, Brother Ali, & Ghostface Killah at some show in Minnesota, but he basically did exactly what Keyshia Cole did, and never showed up. Wow. I can’t believe this happened. “Rakim the God? He just missed the King’s delivering / ‘Cause they know they’ll fall, and I’ll blow them all to smithereens.” Damn. I guess Rakim probably never responded… Wow. I had no idea that this happened… Why does nobody ever talk about this? Hahaha. Tech’s singing the outro in autotune… “Get off your high horse / Keyshia Cole, get off your high horse / Rakim, get off your high horse.” This is great. I really enjoyed this song. Tech N9ne dissed Rakim. Seriously, how the fuck did I not know about this? I fuck with this shit. This is dope af to me. 5/5

Track 10: Party & Bullshit Feat. Big Ben & Shadow (Prod. Young Fyre)

This beat is dope. Tech’s rappin’ about bein’ at a party, and he’s tellin’ some chicks to fuck him. “When it come to women, your man Aaron’s good / I done been inside of more women than Planned Parenthood.” I usually don’t like these kinda songs from Tech, but this isn’t that bad so far. It’s not amazing or anything, but I’m kinda enjoying it. Krizz Kaliko’s singin’ in the hook. I don’t know why he wasn’t credited as a feature. He actually sounds pretty good here. Maybe it’s all the effects on his voice. Big Ben’s goin’ in now. His verse was fine. He didn’t really affect my enjoyment of the song in any way. I actually enjoyed Shadow’s verse. He did a good job. I fuck with this song. Lyrically, it isn’t super deep or anything, but for a party track this is good. The beat was dope, and the verses were cool. I actually enjoyed Krizz Kaliko’s hook too. This is dope to me. 4/5

Track 11: Grammys (Skit) Feat. Below Zero, Chandra Palmer, Dana Perkins, Irv Da Phenom, Krizz Kaliko, Robert Rebeck & Valerie Knight [Prod. Robert Rebeck]

This was just a skit of a bunch of Strange Music artists being nominated for Song Of The Year. The 816 Boys won the award for Areola.

Track 12: Sorry N’ Shit (Performed by The 57th Street Rogue Dog Villains) [Prod. Matic Lee]

The 57th Street Rogue Dog Villains are a Hip Hop group consisting of Tech N9ne, Big Scoob, Bakarii & T-Will. I’ve never heard any of their shit, and honestly I didn’t even know they were a thing until about five minutes ago, so I don’t know what to expect. It’s starting now. I actually kinda like this hook from Tech. It’s not great, but I enjoyed it. Big Scoob’s on the first verse. I enjoyed his verse. I’ve never been a huge fan of his, but he sounds pretty good over this kind of production. Bakarii’s goin’ in now. His verse was fine I guess. They keep ending their verses by telling girls to suck on their “huevos” which is really weird… “Los huevos” means “the eggs” in Spanish. Who the fuck calls their balls eggs? That’s weird… I mean, it’s not really a big deal. I just thought it was weird. T-Will’s verse was alright I guess. I’m already getting tired of this song. Hahaha. Wow. Tech actually had my least favorite verse. His flow was cool, but pretty much everything else about it was wack to me. I don’t know… I don’t think this song is that bad. It’s just not good to me. I can’t get into it. It just gets boring after a while. I wasn’t impressed by Bakarii or T-Will. It’s an alright song. 3/5

Track 13: Dysfunctional Feat. Big Scoob & Krizz Kaliko (Prod. Matic Lee)

This was the first Tech N9ne song I ever heard. It’s one of my favorites. It just sounds like a hit song. I don’t know how popular it is, but it just sounds like some shit that would’ve dominated the radio in the 2000s. I love this song. I’m just gonna start from the beginning. It always kinda bothered me that at the beginning he says “First entry for Sickology 101: Dysfunctional” even tho this isn’t the first song on the album. Apparently it was the first song he recorded for this album. I think this song would’ve been a pretty good intro for this album. Anyway, this beat is fucking incredible. I usually hate guitars, but it sounds REALLY fucking good on this song. Tech fucking killed the first verse. His flow is so fucking catchy. Every time I hear this beat I have to spit Tech’s verse. “Don’t you bring me nothing stupid / If you don’t want me to lose it / Step back / If you don’t want me to attack / I’m a beast, better give me the deuces.” I love his melodic delivery once the beat drops too. He fucking murdered it. This is one of my favorite verses ever. His flow is perfect on this track. I even love the hook from Krizz Kaliko. He did a great job. Big Scoob’s verse was dope af too. I love the way Krizz Kaliko helped him with the background vocals towards the end. “I come around, but since I’m down it feels uncomfortable / I try to hide it deep inside but I’m dysfunctional / I never learned to hold it in, I gets emotional / First, implode and then explode, I am combustible.” The way he ended the verse was awesome. I fucking love this song. And then Krizz Kaliko comes through with a dope ass verse at the end. The way he started off his verse singing like that was so fuckin’ gangsta. Then when he comes in it’s just so dope.”Now I wanna be peaceful / But I carry Desert Eagles / Wherever black people are / You know how black people are.” He killed it. This song is fucking incredible. I definitely fuck with this shit. This is dope af. 5/5

Track 14: Far Away Feat. Krizz Kaliko (Prod. Matic Lee)

Again, I don’t really like guitars—especially electric guitars—but this beat isn’t that bad to me. I actually fuck with this so far. The first verse was great. He was rapping about how he misses his friend Brian Dennis. Oh God… I’m not feelin’ this hook at all. I should’ve seen that coming… This hook is awful to me. Krizz Kaliko’s singin’ on the second verse, and he actually sounds pretty good. He’s rappin’ now. I enjoyed his verse. This hook is really not for me. I really don’t like Rock music, so this shit just isn’t for me. I’m not feelin’ it. I might’ve liked this if it weren’t for the wack hook and the guitar solo at the end. This isn’t for me at all. 3/5

Track 15: Spelling Bee (Skit) Feat. Makzilla & Robert Rebeck [Prod. Robert Rebeck]

Hahaha. I actually enjoyed this skit. It was kinda funny. Kinda. Basically, all that happens is Tech beats Makzilla in a spelling bee. There was another reference to the song, Areola. Tech must’ve been really excited about that song.

Track 16: Creepin’ Feat. B.G. Bulletwound & Paul Mussan (Prod. Seven)

Wow, this is the only track produced by Seven. That’s crazy. It’s starting now. It opens up with a skit. Oh my God… He’s referencing Areola at the beginning of this track too. Oh God… What the fuck… Oh my GOD. This guy just got home. You can hear two people having sex. “Baby, I’m home. Hey, baby… / What’s that smell? Smell like… Like my baby’s pussy.” I’m really not enjoying this at all. I don’t wanna hear the sound of two people fuckin’, and I DEFINITELY don’t wanna hear you talkin’ about the smell of your girl’s pussy. That skit was awful. This uncredited hook from Krizz Kaliko is horrible. Tech’s goin’ in now. This beat’s alright I guess. No… He’s rappin’ about sex… You know, for a minute there, I was starting to think that I might get a whole Tech N9ne album where he didn’t talk about sex. My dumbass should’ve known that he would do this since he’s been alluding to this “Areola” song throughout the whole project. I guess he already kinda did it with Ghetto Love. That song is terrible. This is pretty bad too tho… “She’ll go down and chew on my dog.” The way he said that… This verse is terrible. His flow is cold, but everything else about this verse is terrible to me. This hook is so bad. B.G. Bulletwound is goin’ in now. I wasn’t feelin’ his verse. It wasn’t worse than Tech’s verse tho. This verse from Paul Mussan is really bad too… “Your girl has been land-marked / That means that I marked her / That means that I skeeted sperm all over her twat fur.” This is so bad. I can’t fuck with this shit. The hook is horrible, the verses were awful, and the beat wasn’t very good either. This shit is wack af. 1/5

Track 17: Red Nose (Prod. Matic Lee)

This hook isn’t very good, but I guess it’s tolerable. I guess. He’s goin’ in now. That first verse was cool I guess. His flow was dope. He’s just rapping about how he’s an outcast in the music industry. “They treat me like I got a red nose.” That’s a pretty bad line. It’s in the hook too, so he repeats it multiple times. This beat is average. I really don’t know about this hook. Even if Tech did a better job singing it, this still wouldn’t be very good. The melody is underwhelming, and the lyrics are corny. This isn’t terrible, but I can’t get into it. The verses weren’t good enough to make me want to come back to this. His flow was dope, but other than that it didn’t stand out. The beat wasn’t anything special either. This is okay to me. The music video was kinda cool. The ending was corny tho. He had a crowd of people singing along with the hook. That was lame. The song’s alright. 3/5

Track 18: Bootlegger (Skit) / Areola / Bootlegger (Outro) [Performed by The 816 Boys] {Prod. Matic Lee & Robert Rebeck}

Just in case you forgot, the 816 Boys are Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun & Makzilla. They’re a satirical Hip Hop group who make songs that make fun of mainstream music that glorifies ignorant shit, like titties. Not that titties by themselves are ignorant, but people usually obsess over them in an ignorant way. The track’s starting now. This Bootlegger skit was kinda funny. Krizz Kaliko’s goin’ in now. “Don’t know what I’m talkin’ ’bout / That circle around the skittle / In the middle you put in your mouth.” This is bad. Honestly, if it weren’t for this skit, I would have no idea that this was a satirical song because Tech makes dumb ass shit like this for real all the time and always acts like those songs are well written. This is way better than Ghetto Love. It’s still bad tho. This hook is stupid af. Kutt’s verse wasn’t good. Neither was Tech’s. What the fuck? What… The fuck? Hahaha. Wow. This is the dumbest shit I’ve ever heard. Actually, no it isn’t… It’s still really dumb tho. That bridge from Makzilla is ridiculous. I can’t fuck with this song. I know it’s not meant to be taken seriously, but that doesn’t make it good. This shit is wack af to me. 1/5

Final Thoughts:

That was alright I guess. There are definitely some great songs on here, but as a whole, there are just too many wack and underwhelming songs for me to call this a good album. Obviously, if you’re a hardcore Tech N9ne fan you need to hear this shit. If you’re a casual Tech N9ne fan you need to hear Midwest Choppers 2 & Dysfunctional. It’s just another Tech N9ne album. Definitely far from his best work. It’s not really anything different tho. If you’ve heard any Tech N9ne album, then you probably already know what this sounds like. The reason this marathon is so difficult is because Tech never changes his formula. I feel like I’m listening to the same album every time I continue this marathon. Obviously there are some gems like the ones I listed before, but overall, this album is nothing special. It’s average for me.

Favorite Song: Dysfunctional

Least Favorite Song: Ghetto Love

Verdict:

63%

MEH

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4 comments

  1. early tech n9ne is different than the mid 2000s tech n9ne. the problem with tech n9ne is that in 2008 he started releasing one album after other so it became harder to notices the changes he has made to his music. my favorite tech n9ne album is killer but even I know its too long. my advise to you is to skip 7-12 on disc two because they are just awful sex filler songs. i hope this comment will make listening to the next tech n9ne album a little bit more enjoyable by giving you this warning

    • You should go back to the Gates Mixed Plate and see if you should re-rate a few songs. After reading your review for Strangeulation, Vol. II, I think that some of the songs on the Gates Mixed Plate should be rated as 0/5 (some songs, especially Pu Wah Wah, seem “worthy” of a 0). Just a suggestion.

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