Album Review | Tech N9ne – Anghellic

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This album was released on August 28th in 2001. I’ll be reviewing the 2003 rerelease version, Anghellic: Reparation. I don’t think I’m gonna like this shit. I’m sorry, but that album cover is a HUGE turn off for me. Most of Tech N9ne’s album covers make me cringe, but this is definitely the worst one in my opinion. I kinda HOPE that this album won’t be good just so I won’t have to look at that bullshit ass cover in my iTunes. That’s not why I think this is gonna be bad tho. The previous two Tech N9ne reviews that I’ve done really didn’t go well at all. I didn’t like a single song on Everready or Absolute Power. Tech N9ne has always been a really corny artist, but the cringe was off the charts for those two projects. Honestly, I just want this Tech N9ne Marathon to be over…

Track 1: Devil Boy (Prod. 5150 Mental Productions)

I just noticed that there are only three songs on this album with features, so that’s kinda interesting. If you’re familiar with Tech, you know that it’s super bizarre for him to have this many solo tracks on an album. I really don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. Okay, this song is starting now. This beat is actually kinda cool. This first verse is dope. Oh my God. I’m enjoying this shit. Wow. I’m… I’m so happy. I’m so glad that this song isn’t trash. Well, I can’t say that yet. I haven’t heard the hook. The subject matter isn’t really interesting to me at all, but Tech’s flow was dope, and I kinda fuck with this beat. He’s rapping about how everyone thought he was worshipping the devil because he’s so fuckin’ weird. Wow. The hook actually isn’t trash. I mean, it’s still pretty bad, but it doesn’t completely ruin the song. Oh fuckin’ shit… This… Wow. Tech just ruined this song with a single line. “Y’all act like I’m sayin’ ‘I love Lucifer; I will kill all of you.” No. No. No. You’re probably confused as hell right now… Lemme explain. When he says “I love Lucifer; I will kill all of you” the beat turns into a terrible Heavy Metal instrumental and he screams every word at the top of his lungs. It sounds fucking horrible. That REALLY just completely ruined this song for me. Wow. What the fuck was he thinking? Did he think that shit sounded good? I guess if he’s into Heavy Metal he probably likes that shit. It sounds fucking horrendous tho. Nah. Hmm… Should I give this a 3 or a 2? The more I listen to this shit the less I like it… You know what? I’m gonna go easy on him for this one. It’s nowhere near as bad as a lot of his other music. I just didn’t like it personally. 3/5

Track 2: Hellevator (Prod. Richie)

Wooow… This track is the definition of cringe. It’s a 17 second long skit of Tech pretending to be Satan and welcoming the listener to hell. I really do feel like I’m in hell when I’m listening to Tech N9ne, and that’s not a compliment.

Track 3: Tormented Feat. Grant Rice (Prod. Don Juan)

No. This… No. This is so fucking bad. The only thing I like about this song so far is Tech’s flow, and even that isn’t that great. These lyrics… Jesus fucking Christ, man… I know I’m using this word a lot, but… The fucking cringe, man… Why is this shit so fucking corny? I’m sorry, but Tech sounds like a fucking douchebag on this track. He’s rapping about how he’s “tormented” because he’s a sex addict. I think that’s what he was talking about. I kinda stopped paying attention to the lyrics to be honest. This hook isn’t good. I’ve definitely heard worse from Tech tho. The way these verses are structured is annoying as fuck. This sounds like fucking Juggalo music. I’m not feelin’ this Grant Rice dude at all. Jesus Christ. What the fuck am I listening to? I feel like I’m surrounded by drunk Juggalos. I can’t take this shit. Nah. I’m not feelin’ this bullshit. This is fucking wack. 2/5

Track 4: Stamina (Prod. Don Juan & Tech N9ne)

No. This… What the fuck even is this shit? Am I supposed to rate this? Is this a song? It’s a fifteen second track in which he’s rhyming over the sound of a machine gun. Every syllable is synchronized with a gunshot. What is the point of this shit? Did he think this would be enjoyable for me? Do people listen to this shit? It’s not good. I don’t even know if I should rate this… Fuck it. This is wack af to me. 1/5

Track 7: Sinister Tech (Prod. IcyRoc Kraven & Will The Weirdo)

No. FUUUCCK. This intro is awful. He said the N word 7 times in the first 7 bars. Nah. I’m not feelin’ the intro. This first verse is actually kinda cool tho. The beat is decent. The hook’s not that good, but it’s still not that bad. Alright, here we go. I’d probably like this song if it weren’t for the terrible intro. Actually, that hook is pretty bad too… It’s just not the worst shit I’ve ever heard from him. I didn’t really mind the verses tho. Well, he DID have some corny lines in there, but his flow was great. That “kneel before Zod” line was really lame. I’m not really feelin’ this one. It’s way better than a lot of the other shit on this project tho. 3/5

Track 6: Psycho Messages (Prod. Don Juan)

I pretty much already know what this track is gonna be since it had a sequel on Special Effects. It’s starting now. Huh… You know, I actually kinda enjoyed this skit. It was kinda entertaining to hear Tech & his friend react to the crazy messages. This is easily the most tolerable track on the album so far.

Track 7: Psycho Bitch (Prod. Don Juan & John Carpenter)

Don Juan & John Carpenter pretty much just recreated Dr. Dre’s Murder Ink beat with this song. They used synths instead of a piano tho. It sounds like it has the same drum pattern as Psycho Bitch II. I don’t really remember what the third Psycho Bitch song sounds like to be honest. I actually like this beat. It’s not the greatest beat I’ve ever heard, but I’m enjoying it personally. This first verse isn’t bad so far. This song is going pretty well. Hopefully he doesn’t fuck this shit up with a wack hook or something… Oh, it has the same hook as the second Psycho Bitch song. Wow. This is actually really dope so far. I really like the rough, hard hitting percussion on this song. It gives the song kind of an organic aesthetic. The second verse was good. I fuck with this one. This song is actually dope to me. 4/5

Track 8: Real Killer (Prod. King Tech)

Well, that was a pleasant surprise. I really wasn’t expecting to like anything on this album. Anyway, this song is starting now. This beat is alright I guess. I don’t really think it’s bad. It doesn’t stand out that much tho. This is a pretty weird song… Basically, Tech impregnated some chick, and now they’re trying to kill the baby. I’m kinda confused tho… Why doesn’t he just pay for her abortion? He hired a fucking hitman. Not an abortionist. An actual hitman. Oh maybe she already had the baby. Why doesn’t she just put it up for adoption? Even if she really wants to kill it, why did they need to hire a hitman? Couldn’t she have just left it in a dumpster or something? I’m not feelin’ this hook. Oh… I’m sorry, I misunderstood. The “hitman” WAS an abortionist. This is literally a song about Tech making his baby mama get an abortion. Well, he ends up aborting FIVE of his kids. Yeah… Nah… I wasn’t feelin’ this one. The beat wasn’t that good, the hook was wack, and the story is just kinda dumb. I don’t care about Tech aborting his children in the first place, so I’m really not interested in hearing about it over this boring instrumental. This is wack to me. 2/5

Track 9: Cursed (Prod. Don Juan)

This beat is actually pretty dope. I’m not in love with the way this track started, but it could definitely be worse. Eh… This subject matter isn’t really for me… Tech’s rapping about some chick who he wanted to smash. She wouldn’t let him hit it until he was rich enough tho. The hook is alright I guess. Hmm… I think the chick might be a metaphor for Hip Hop. Well, maybe not… I don’t know. He’s rapping about his encounters with Tupac in the second verse. Apparently they were fuckin’ on the same chick. This song isn’t really doin’ much for me. I don’t really think it’s bad, but it’s not that good. I wouldn’t ever have the desire to return to this. It’s alright tho. 3/5

Track 10: Suicide Letters (Prod. Don Juan)

I didn’t really like the long winded intro on this song… That probably seems like a nitpick to most people, but I really wish it wasn’t there. The beat is nothing special. The first verse was cool I guess. I’m not feelin’ this hook. I don’t know who that is singing. She did a decent job I guess. She doesn’t have a bad voice. I just don’t really like the melody. The second verse wasn’t bad. The third verse was fine. Meh. I don’t really like this one. It’s not that bad, but I wouldn’t ever wanna listen to it again. The beat was nothing special. I wasn’t really feelin’ the hook. The subject matter just isn’t that interesting to me. This might sound kinda fucked up, but I really didn’t give a shit about the stuff he was rapping about to be honest. It’s an alright song tho. It’s just not really doin’ anything for me personally. 3/5

Track 11: Purgatory (Prod. Grant Rice)

I guess the first 10 tracks were the hell section of this album, and now I’m about to listen to purgatory.

Track 12: It’s Alive (Prod. IcyRoc Kraven)

It's Alive

Again, I’m really not feelin’ that long winded intro. This beat kinda sucks. The first verse was alright. The hook was fine I guess. I’m not feelin’ this break after the first recital of the hook. The second verse wasn’t bad. I don’t know, man. This just isn’t really doing anything for me. Tech’s flow is cool, but aside from that nothing really stands out about this track at all. It’s not really that bad tho. I’m just not enjoying it that much. It’s decent tho. 3/5

Track 13: Einstein Tech N9ne (Prod. Don Juan)

This song is called Einstein Tech N9ne in iTunes, but on Strange Music’s YouTube page it’s just titled Einstein. I don’t really know why I brought that up… Anyway, I’m not feelin’ this beat. I can already tell that I don’t like this song. It’s just one of them generic Tech N9ne party tracks. The hook is wack. “Dwamn.” Ugh… Every time I hear Tech say that I cringe so fucking hard. This beat is so shitty. I just listened to the whole song. It’s not good. Not to me at least. Again, Tech’s flow was dope, but aside from that I’m not feelin’ this shit at all. This is wack to me. 2/5

Track 14: Breathe (Prod. RonnZfromBerlin)

Okay, I’m ready for this album to be over now… Woah… This beat is actually dope af. Damn… Tech’s flow is awesome on this too. His delivery on this track is kinda corny, but aside from that this song is really fuckin’ dope so far. Oh God… I’m not feelin’ this hook. Fuuuuck. This song could’ve been so dope if it weren’t for this hook. I guess this is supposed to be one of those gangsta Tech N9ne songs. This is actually dope tho. Well, it WAS dope until I heard that wack ass hook… All of the verses are dope, and I really fuck with this beat. The hook just really ruined this shit for me. It’s not wack tho. I can pxrobably cut the hook out with GarageBand. The normal version of this shit isn’t that good to me tho… 3/5

Track 15: Who You Came To See (Prod. RonnZfromBerlin)

Oh gawd. No. “Dwamn / Everybody’s off up in the place, like ‘Dwamn‘ / Women throwin’ booties in my face, like ‘Dwamn” At least the beat isn’t bad. This RonnZ guy is actually a decent producer. This first verse is terrible. The hook is wack too. The second verse was bad. This just isn’t my kinda song. “Get your ass on the dance floor you lazy bitch.” The only facet of this song that I can tolerate is the beat. This shit is wack to me. 2/5

Tarck 16: Wake Up Call (Prod. Richie)

Oh, thank God. This is another skit. I’m so glad I don’t have to listen to another song right now. I’m not really sure what the point of this track is. This really didn’t need to be here. Well, maybe the next track will help me understand this skit a little more.

Track 17: This Ring (Prod. IcyRoc Kraven)

Oh god. This intro is corny as hell. Is this fool gonna be rapping about marriage? Nah… I don’t wanna hear a song about marriage… This beat is cool. I wasn’t feelin’ the first verse. Tech’s flow was dope af tho. This hook is wack. Tech shouldn’t sing anymore. This is definitely better than Krizz Kaliko’s singing tho. I don’t really have anything interesting to say. This shit is wack to me. The only thing that I like about it is Tech’s flow. The beat was decent too I guess. 2/5

Track 18: God Complex (Prod. Don Juan)

Jesus fucking Christ. The intros to 90% of these songs are unbearable. I’m not feelin’ the structure of this first verse at all. The hook is wack. His flow on this second verse is phenomenal. I just wish he wasn’t punching in those words at the end of some of the lines. This is another one of them WACK ass songs, man. Again, the only thing I like about this song is the flow. The beat was nothing special, the hook was wack, and lyrically this song is just as corny and overdramatic as any other religious song Tech has made. 2/5

Track 19: F.T.I. Feat. Greed, Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, Skatterman & Snug Brim (Prod. RUBONYX)

Alright, only four more songs. Here we go. This song is starting now. Kutt Calhoun’s on the first verse. This beat sucks. Kutt Calhoun’s verse was decent I guess. Greed’s verse didn’t really do anything for me. What the fuck? Why would you put a hook on a posse cut? I’d be fine with it if the hook wasn’t trash. F.T.I. stands for Fuck The Industry by the way. Snug Brim’s verse wasn’t bad. Krizz Kaliko honestly killed this shit. His flow was dope af. His delivery made me cringe to be honest, but his flow was still fantastic. This hook is terrible. Tech’s flow was kinda cool, but lyrically his verse was wack to me. I can’t believe he had the nerve to call other rappers cheesy. He’s arguably the cheesiest Hip Hop act behind Insane Clown Posse & Hopsin. I’m not fuckin’ with this track. The best thing about it is Krizz Kaliko’s flow. This is wack to me. 2/5

Track 20: Going Bad (Prod. IcyRoc Kraven)

The title of this track describes this album right now. Oh shitfuck… The production on this track is fucking stupendous. The first verse wasn’t bad. Oh snap. This hook actually isn’t that bad. It’s an uncredited feature from a female singer named Charmelle. I kinda dislike it, but it’s not bad enough to ruin the track. The second verse was cool. Same goes for the final verse. Hmm… I don’t know, man. I really like the production, but other than that this song doesn’t really do anything for me. It’s not like it’s bad; I just don’t see myself coming back to this. It doesn’t have much replay value for me personally. It’s an okay song tho. It’s definitely one of the better tracks on this album. 3/5

Track 21: Heaven (Prod. Richie)

This is a skit in which Tech explains why there’s only one song in the Heaven section of the album. He then proceeds to baptize himself. I don’t think that’s how it works. I’m pretty sure you have to be baptized by someone else who’s already been baptized. I don’t know for sure tho. I don’t really give a shit either. I’m just excited for this album to be over.

Track 22: Twisted Feat. Roger Troutman (Prod. Don Juan)

This Roger Troutman guy just made me get really distracted. When I saw his last name I remembered a guy named Captain Beefheart who dropped an album in 1969 called Trout Mask Replica. I just listened to the first four songs. I don’t really know what to say… It wasn’t for me. I don’t really fuck with a lot of music other than Hip Hop and some R&B, so I knew I wasn’t gonna be feelin’ it. That shit was weird as fuck tho. It was really entertaining on the first listen just because I didn’t know what to expect. I’d never listen to it again tho. Anyway, this beat is smooooooooooth as FUCK. I’m not really feelin’ Roger Troutman’s vocals to be honest. I never really liked that talk box vocal effect that a lot of West Coast rappers used to incorporate in their music. I’m not feelin’ this hook at all. This is weird as fuck. Why does it sound so fucking happy? I mean, I get that this is the “Heaven” section of the album, but this is just too over the top for me. I can’t take this shit seriously. The second verse was fine I guess. Nah, man… I’m not feelin’ this one. Honestly the only thing I like about this is the beat. It doesn’t even really work for Tech tho. I guess I’m just not used to hearing him rap over this kinda production. I can’t fuck with this one tho. This is wack to me. 2/5

Final Thoughts:

This album was bad to me. It’s actually a lot better than I was expecting it to be tho. It’s nowhere near as bad as Everready, and it’s a lot better than Absolute Power too. I didn’t even think any of these songs were horrible aside from Stamina. Most of these songs are average at best, but I got at least one dope track out of it. At this point I don’t really have anything else to say about Tech N9ne. Everything that I said about the previous two albums kinda applies here. The only difference is that this album is just less bad. He doesn’t have as many Rock influenced tracks, which is a blessing. I’m just so glad that I only have to listen to two more Tech N9ne albums. Uh… What else is there to say? Well, for a lot of these songs the only thing that I liked was Tech’s flow. The whole concept behind this album was corny as hell to me, but that’s to be expected from a Tech N9ne album. I’m pretty sure this is one of his most popular albums. It’s wack tho, so I don’t know why. Even the production was pretty underwhelming for most of these tracks. So yeah. I wasn’t feelin’ this album. Hopefully the next two albums will be better. Even if they aren’t I’ll just be glad that I’m done with Tech N9ne’s discography.

Favorite Song: Psycho Bitch

Least Favorite Song: Stamina

Verdict:

49%

40-49

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6 comments

  1. Been going through Tech’s discography in what seems like a long time. And I remember something he told me years ago at a Meet and Greet in Portland the subject came up about which version of Anghellic he enjoyed. He took a couple seconds to respond, he said how he loved both versions as they’re both his babies and how each one is personal to him. He loved the original JCOR release as it was him expressing 5 years of personal adversities and releasing all the emotions that were stewing inside him. Along with the fact of getting to work with one of his childhood heroes (Roger Troutman, RIP) and then he said he loved the Reparation album as it marked getting the ball truly rolling with Strange with joints like Devil Boy and FTI to plead his case at what he perceived were injustices and slander towards him.

    Of course this may not matter to you, but just take it into account.

    Fun Fact: “It’s Alive” while the main single it was supposed to have a music video with cameos by Cypress Hill, Busta Rhymes, Kottonmouth Kings and others and have Kutt, Krizz, Grant Rice, Skatterman & Snug Brim perched like vampires in an homage to the 1987 Horror film “The Lost Boys” (heavily recommend watching). Though due to the incompetence of Jay Fairres and JCOR the director was not paid and later decided to do a video 8Ball & MJG’s collaboration with Puffy supposedly.

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  2. I personally disagree.This is a great album. I personally dig the concept we all have our stretches of “Hell”, “Purgatory” and “Heaven” in our lives if you wanna get real philosophical about this shit, it’s about the struggle of inner human conflict. Maybe it’s because I am older, but I can relate and understand to what he’s talking about on here.

    I’m surprised you missed what “Cursed” was about, it’s literally about his struggles in music.

    “I want you to tell these people your name, (woman speaking) RAP GAME.”

    And that segment in Devil Boy was more of a parody than him actually trying to be Metal singer lol.

    If you disliked Who You Came To See? You probably wouldn’t like the stripclub anthem “Here I Come” off the OG Anghellic lol.

    Anyway I probably won’t sway your thought process, but there’s a bigger world than Hip Hop man, there’s so much to listen to dude, perhaps you should take the time to peep out other shit, but what do I know? I’m just some random old head.

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