Album Review | Tech N9ne – N9na

This album was released on April 19th this year. A lot of you are probably surprised to see this review. After all, I haven’t exactly had the best relationship with Tech N9ne’s music in the past. He was the first artist who I decided to do a Marathon for. I did his albums out of order, and it took me two years to do all of them. He’s actually released 4 more albums since I ended that Marathon, and that’s not even including this one. I listened to his 2016 album, The Storm. That was the first album he released that I chose not to review. I hated it. There wasn’t a single track that I liked. I didn’t even bother listening to Dominion, Strange Reign, or Planet. By the way, Planet has one of the worst album covers I’ve ever seen. I mean, Tech N9ne has never released a project with a good album cover in my opinion, but that one was just a whole other level of wackness. Anyway, if you wanna know my overall thoughts on Tech’s discography from 2015 to 1999, click HERE. It’s pretty harsh, but by the time I wrote that shit I was so sick of him that I never wanted to hear another project from him again. That’s probably why you didn’t expect to see this review. Hell, wasn’t even planning on doing this until a few seconds ago. I just heard a track from this album though, and, believe it or not, I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. After hearing that, I figured I’d give him a chance with this album. Now don’t get it twisted; I’m still expecting this album to be bad. I’m hoping there’ll be at least a handful of songs I like though. Maybe even one or two that I love. We’ll see.

1. Le Horde (Intro) featuring Krizz Kaliko

Ah yes, I almost forgot that every Tech N9ne album has to start with a weird and cringy skit. There’s really no point in talking about this track since it’s just a pointless thirty second intro. Nobody is gonna listen to this more than once.

2. Lord of Weird produced by Dominique Sanders

I literally said “Oh God” out loud when I read the title of the song. This is about to be corny as hell. I guess I shouldn’t judge a song by its title though. Anyway, the beat on this track is actually pretty nice. Damn. Okay, this might not be as bad as I thought. I actually like the first verse on this song. Tech’s flow is nice, and his rhymes are cool too. Ehhhh… Okay… Yeah… Nah… This hook is not good. I mean, Tech has definitely had far worse hooks than this, but that’s actually pretty sad when you think about it. His flow on the second verse was really nice. That bridge is rough though. Alright, so the two verses are good, the beat is average, and the hook and bridge are wack. Overall, I didn’t really like the song. I don’t think it’s wack though. I mean, I would never listen to this shit again, but it’s tolerable. To me it’s just mediocre.

3. N9na produced by Seven

This was one of the singles Tech dropped ahead of this album’s release. I listened to it the day it came out, and I didn’t care for it at all. First of all, we gotta talk about that hook. That shit is fucking terrible. The female vocals singing “N9naaaaaaaaaa” are so corny to me. The hook is really what killed the song for me. I also don’t really care for the beat that much. It’s not that bad though. Tech’s flow on the first verse is cool. The actual lyrics aren’t really good to me though. I mean, none of them stand out as being particularly bad. They just don’t do anything for me. Also, the demonic voice that pops in for a word or two here and there sounds stupid as fuck to me. Like in that line where he’s talking about how he’s not offering his dick to random groupies at his shows anymore, it sounds like he summoned a demon just to say the word “dick.” It sounds lame. It’s even worse in the second verse.

I can demolish all of ’em, that’s my sales pitch
One monkey done stopped the show
I’m from the Zou, I can smell shit
They wanna get violent
‘Cause their ladies really want my male stick
But I never cooperate with a thot to mate so you fail, bitch

The emboldened words are the ones that are delivered with the demon voice. I guess it’s supposed to sound threatening, but a demon bragging about how it can “smell shit” just leaves me scratching my head. Tech’s flow is pretty much the only aspect of this song I actually like. The hook is wack, the beat is average, and a lot of the lines and deliveries are corny. This shit is wack to me.

4. Hit the Ground Running featuring JL & King Iso produced by Anthony L. Saunders

This is yet another single that I listened to and disliked when it came out. I think it actually came out on the same day as the title track. I don’t really remember anything about it though, so I don’t know why I disliked it. Ohhh… Okay, yeah. Now I remember. Once again… It’s the hook. This hook is not good. I will say this though: this is definitely the best song on the album so far. The beat pretty much sounds like everything else Tech raps over these days. His verse at the beginning of the song was really nice though, and I liked the way JL came in to spit the last few bars. The second verse from JL was cool. You pretty much get the same thing from each MC on this track. It’s just a bunch of flashy flows with average lyrics. All of the verses on this song are cool. The beat kinda sounds like something I’d hear in a soundtrack for a Michael Bay movie. Now that I think about it, Tech N9ne is pretty much Michael Bay in the form of a rapper. Anyway, I’m not a fan of this song, but, as I said, it’s the best track on the album so far. I’m never gonna listen to it again, but it’s an okay song.

5. Like I Ain’t produced by Freek van Workum, ItsNicklus & HNDRC

This was the song I was talking about in the preamble. I heard it for the first time about 5 minutes before I started writing this review, and I was very pleasantly surprised. I think this shit is really dope. First of all, the beat is actually really good, and Tech’s melodic delivery sounds really good over it. The first verse is great. Miraculously, the hook on this song is really great too. It’s not just tolerable. It’s legitimately enjoyable. If you’re not that familiar with Tech’s work, you probably don’t know how rare something like this is. Honestly, I think this is one of the best songs Tech N9ne has released in years. Again, it should be noted that I haven’t heard Tech’s previous three albums. Maybe I should’ve phrased that differently. It’s the best song that I’ve heard from Tech N9ne in years. There’s not a single aspect of it that I dislike. All three of the verses are great, the beat is really good, and I love the hook too. I think this shit is dope af.

6. Green Lit featuring King Iso & Maez301 produced by Freek van Workum & ItsNicklus

This beat is actually really nice too. Okay, I definitely like these Freek van Workum & ItsNicklus guys. Tech should let them do a whole album for him. The first verse from Tech was pretty cool. I like how he interpolated the hook from Renegade. This is hard. I even kinda like the hook from Maez. The autotuned singing was a little jarring at first, but I got used to it. Alright, I’m actually kinda glad that I gave this album a chance. This is good. Damn. King Iso fucking killed that second verse. That line where he said he would do a drive-by on a 10-speed was amazing. I actually really liked Maez’s verse a lot too. Man… This song is actually awesome. This shit is hard as hell. I don’t really have any issues with it. I think this shit is dope af.

7. Chuki Fever produced by Dominique Sanders

This is another single that I listened to and disliked when it came out late last year. By the way, why the hell is this album sequenced like a mixtape? The previous track ends with Tech N9ne randomly yelling “STRANGE MUSIC 20 YEAR ANNIVERSA-” and it cuts off before he finishes the word. You hear the last part of it as soon as this track starts. So now when I delete this song from the album I’m just gonna be stuck with him saying “STRANGE MUSIC 20 YEAR ANNIVERSA” every time I listen to that song. I hate how he always does shit like that. Anyway, the beat on this track is pretty average. One of my biggest issues with this track is the female voice in the background saying “Chukiiiiiii!” It sounds fucking stupid. It happens during the hook, which is terrible by the way. It’s kinda funny to me that most of the worst tracks on the album so far were the singles. This and the title track are the two wackest songs that I’ve heard so far. There’s not a single aspect of this track that I actually liked. The production was underwhelming, the verses from Tech are nothing special, and the hook fucking sucks. The worst part of this song is definitely the bridge where he sings “WhY yOu MeAn tO mE sIr?” This is definitely my least favorite song on the whole album so far. It’s wack.

8. F’n Do It featuring Futuristic & JL produced by Seven

Oh fuckin’ shit. This beat is really dope. Seven did his thing on this track. I’m not crazy about the intro on this track, but it’s tolerable. The first verse from Tech is nothing special. It’s fine though. The hook isn’t great. It works though. It doesn’t ruin the song. Futuristic’s verse was pretty dope. JL’s verse was nice too. It’s funny that Tech had the worst verse on his own song. Well, “funny” probably isn’t the right word to use. “Curious” probably would’ve been a better choice. Anyway, I like this song. Nothing about it really blew me away, but I really liked the beat, and the features had nice verses. I feel like all of them had awkward endings though. It sounded like they should’ve added one more bar at the end of each verse. That’s a nitpick though. Overall this is pretty dope.

9. Don’t Let Me Fall featuring Krizz Kaliko produced by Freek van Workum, ItsNicklus & HNDRC

I actually don’t mind Krizz Kaliko’s singing on the intro of this song at all. Hopefully his hook is tolerable as well. Okay, I’m clearly in the more party oriented section of this album. The first verse was decent I guess. Nothing about it really stood out very much. The hook on this track is tolerable thankfully. This second verse is fucking terrible. Lmao.

Hey, Uber Louber, go away, Uber Louber
Uber Louber, night and every given day, Uber Louber
Stay, Uber Louber, where you lay, Uber Louber
Uber Louber, I’ma have to say the name Uber Louber

He was mixing “Uber” with the name of the liquor he invented, Caribou Lou. Not even Genius knew what to make of that line. They described these lines as “Tech N9ne clearly having a stroke right here.” They even made this meme, which is actually pretty funny.

This song isn’t good. I don’t really like anything about it. I guess the production’s kinda cool, but other than that it’s very uninteresting. I don’t think it’s that bad of a song. It’s just not good at all. I think it’s mediocre.

10. You Line! featuring Krizz Kaliko produced by Freek van Workum, ItsNicklus & HNDRC

Okay, this beat is actually hard as fuck. I love it. The first verse from Tech is pretty dope too. His rhyme schemes are really impressive as always. As you can probably tell from the title, he’s rapping about phony ass dishonest motherfuckers who are constantly lying. The hook is decent. I’m glad he handled it himself instead of having Krizz Kaliko sing it. It’s not great, but it’s tolerable. Krizz’s verse was alright I guess. I wanted more from him, but it wasn’t bad. The final verse from Tech is definitely the best verse on the song. The production is easily the best aspect of this song. The hook kinda sucks, but it’s not bad enough to ruin the song for me. I enjoyed this track. It’s definitely not one of my favorites, but it’s still better than most of the other songs on the album so far. I think it’s pretty good.

11. EDI’s produced by Freek van Workum, ItsNicklus & HNDRC

This beat is pretty hard too. Oh God. This reminds me of Thizzles, except this time he’s rapping about edibles instead of molly. The first verse was decent I guess. It just comes off kinda lame whenever Tech raps about drugs for some reason. The hook on this track is pretty bad. It’s certainly not as bad as some of the other hooks on this project so far though. The second verse was okay. This song isn’t that good to me, but it’s not really bad either. It’s just underwhelming. Nothing about it stands out. The beat was cool at first, but it gets old pretty quickly. The final verse was nothing special. Yeah, I’m not gonna listen to this again. It’s an okay song, but there’s pretty much zero replay value for me. It’s alright.

12. Rata featuring Krizz Kaliko produced by Seven

I actually like Krizz Kaliko’s singing on the intro of this song, and the beat’s really dope too. The first verse was pretty nice. This song is about snitches, hence the title. I like to pretend it’s a 6ix9ine diss. I actually like the hook. I’m surprised Tech sang it himself instead of having Krizz do it. The second verse was pretty cool. I like how Krizz came in to spit the last few bars. This is a pretty good song. It’s not amazing or anything, but I don’t have any major gripes with it. The beat is great, and I like both of the verses. The hook is solid too. This shit is dope.

13. F.T.I. 2.0 produced by Seven

Oh shit. This beat is really dope. Seven did a great job with this one. I love it. This beat is awesome. This song is a sequel to F.T.I., which was on Anghellic. I don’t really remember that song at all. Oh wait. It was on the re-release, so I never actually heard it. I’m gonna keep it that way. Anyway, the first verse is really dope. The title of the song stands for Fuck the Industry, so Tech is basically shitting on big major labels. That’s always appreciated. The hook on this track is actually cool too. Alright, here we go. I’m so glad this album isn’t bad so far. This is way better than I was expecting it to be. This song is awesome. The production is fantastic, and both of the verses are good too. I kinda wish there was one more verse where Tech really snapped. Both of the verses were good, but I wanted one amazing verse. Instead of that he gave us an unnecessary bridge. It’s fine though. I still think the song is really good. This shit is dope af.

14. She Fell produced by King Iso

Oh God… Oh no… Okay, this is the obligatory Pornocore song that Tech feels he has to include on every album for whatever reason. It begins with the sound of a woman moaning, which is always annoying as hell. The hook on this track is pretty bad. The beat on this track is cool I guess. Honestly, I don’t really think this song is that bad. The hook actually sounds kinda good if you ignore the lyrics. Oh God. They looped the moaning sounds and incorporated it into the beat. I guess if you’re into Pornocore you’ll probably like this song. It’s fine sonically. I just don’t care for the content at all. I won’t be coming back to this song personally, but I don’t think it’s that bad. It’s mediocre to me.

15. Sink produced by Seven

The uncredited female vocals on the hook of this song are pretty solid. I like it. I really fuck with the production too. This actually kinda reminds me of Drowning from Something Else, but this is more upbeat than that song. The first verse from Tech was pretty dope. I almost couldn’t tell that he was rapping about sex. See, I don’t mind songs about sex when it’s subtle like this. The super vulgar & graphic shit that Tech normally does just isn’t enjoyable at all for me. At least with this song I can interpret it differently. At certain points it seemed like he was rapping about drugs. I mean, the second verse isn’t quite as subtle when he literally says “I really love it when we 69,” but that’s as far as he goes. He doesn’t get too vivid with the sexual imagery. I don’t really have any issues with this track. The production is really good, I enjoyed the hook, and Tech’s verses were tight. This is a dope song.

16. H.O.B. featuring Navé Monjo produced by Dominique Sanders

This was another one of the first singles that Tech released for this project back in late 2018. I’m pretty sure I listened to it and disliked it, but I don’t remember anything about it. Hmmm… I actually like Navé Monjo’s singing on the hook a lot. Tech should have him do more hooks. He’s certainly a much better singer than Krizz Kaliko. The beat is nothing special, but it’s not bad. The first verse from Tech was okay. His flow on the first few bars was pretty lame, but it got better after that. H.O.B. stands for “History of Bitches.” Hmm. Maybe I didn’t listen to this song when it came out last year because I don’t remember it at all. The second verse was cool. Honestly, Navé’s singing is really what makes this song enjoyable for me. The verses from Tech were sufficient, but I’d be lying if I said he really impressed me. The production is pretty average too. I like the song overall though. It’s not one of my favorites, but I enjoyed it. It’s pretty good.

17. Ion Memba featuring C-Mob produced by Freek van Workum & ItsNicklus

Alright, I’m thankfully past the pornographic section of the album. I guess it’s interesting that I actually liked two-thirds of the songs from that part of the album. Anyway, the beat on this track is great. I really fuck with these Freek van Workum and ItsNicklus guys. Tech’s flow on this first verse is awesome too. He’s rapping about not remembering what drugs he took. The hook is a little lame, but it’s not too bad. I actually kinda like it to be honest. This is a pretty cool song so far. I’m not familiar with this C-Mob guy, but he did his thing on the second verse. He actually killed it to be honest. His verse was great. I actually think this is one of the best songs so far. I don’t really have any issues with it. The hook is kinda lame, but I liked it. The production was great, and both of the MCs on this track did a really nice job with the verses. I didn’t even mind the uncredited vocals from Krizz Kaliko on the outro. This shit is dope af.

18. Active featuring Krizz Kaliko produced by Freek van Workum, ItsNicklus & HNDRC

Wow, I’m really surprised by how enjoyable this album has been so far. I’m glad I gave him a chance with this project. I like more than half of the songs I’ve heard. Hopefully he pulls through with the remainder of the material here. The beat on this track isn’t actually that impressive to me. It’s not bad though. It’s just very average, especially when you compare it to the other beats Freek van Workum & ItsNicklus have contributed to this project so far. I like the first verse on this track. It seems like Tech actually has something to say. He’s pretty much rapping about different groups in the US that function as gangs—particularly religious extremists. Krizz Kaliko’s hook sounds like something I’d hear from a generic Trap artist. It works though. It’s not bad. It just doesn’t add much to the song for me. The second verse is more about political groups than religious groups. Okay, this shit is nice. I like this one. Both of the verses from Tech were really good. The beat and hook didn’t really do much for me, but they aren’t bad. Overall, I think this is another good song. It’s dope to me.

19. EF U (Easier for You) featuring Krizz Kaliko & Jelly Roll produced by Dominique Sanders & Alexander West

Damn, man. This is another really dope song. The beat is good, and I really like the first verse from Tech. His melodic delivery sounds good, and of course his flow is nice. The subject matter is nice too. It’s a song about suicide. This is way better than that bullshit ass song Logic did though. Not only because it’s actually enjoyable sonically, but also because Tech seems to tackle the subject with more care and nuance. This beat is really well produced, and I even liked the sung hook from Krizz Kaliko. I’m not sure if this is the same Jelly Roll that worked on The Game’s second Documentary project. I guess it doesn’t really matter. He sounds great on the second verse. I love his melodic delivery. He kinda sounds like a Country singer at points though, especially on the last four lines. I don’t mind it. He sounds good. This is definitely one of the best songs on the album. I think it’s on par with Like I Ain’t to be honest. I really love this one. This shit is dope af.

20. I Caught Crazy! (4Ever) produced by Seven

The beat on this track is cool. The first verse from Tech was pretty good. The hook is good too. Man. I can’t believe this album isn’t terrible. I really never thought I would enjoy a Tech album this much again. Both of the verses on this track are dope. The beat is good. I even like the hook. I have no issues with this song. I thought this track would be corny when I read the title, but it’s actually good. I know I didn’t really say much about it, but that’s because I don’t have any gripes. I think this is dope.

21. I’m Sorry featuring Church Boii produced by Freek van Workum & ItsNicklus

Ummm… WHO THE FUCK IS CHURCH BOII???? The first verse from Tech was pretty good. I liked how he was rapping with minimal percussion. The beat finally drops when Church Boii’s hook comes in. Church Boii kinda just sounds like Krizz Kaliko. I’m assuming he’s just some random ass nigga that Tech found in a church though. He sounds really good. The second verse was really good. Tech is apologizing to his family for being distant due to his occupation. This is a pretty heartfelt track. When I read the title of this song I thought it would be a really sad, slow paced song. It’s got a celebratory atmosphere though. I think this is a really good way to end the album. I really love the production, and this Church Boii guy sounds great on the hook. This is another enjoayble song. This shit is dope.

+1. Disparagement featuring King Iso & Krizz Kaliko produced by Freek van Workum & ItsNicklus

This is a bonus track from the album I guess. You got it if you pre-ordered the album. You can buy it separately too though. Anyway, this shit is fire. The beat is great, and I actually think Tech’s rapping on this track is more impressive than most of his other verses on the album. He killed that first verse. I really like the hook too. Krizz Kaliko pretty much just provides background vocals. They’re really good though. He’s just saying “yeah, yeah” in the background, but it sounds great. Honestly, this song is better than almost every other track on the album. King Iso slaughtered that second verse too. I really like that dude. I’m glad Tech signed him because everything I’ve heard from him has been fire. I really don’t have a single gripe with this track. I can’t even nitpick anything. I mean, I guess a verse from Krizz would’ve been cool. I don’t know though. His verse on the album wasn’t that great. I think this song is dope af as it is.

+2. My Own Zone featuring Futuristic & Dizzy Wright produced by Seven

This song was released as a promotional single towards the end of 2018. It’s the song that pretty much gave me hope that maybe Tech was worth giving a chance to because I actually enjoyed it a lot. It was the first time I actually liked a Tech N9ne song since 2015. The funny thing is I actually thought it was released in promotion for AutoZone. I don’t know why. Why the fuck would AutoZone release a promotional rap song? I clearly didn’t really think about it very hard. Anyway, this is another track that I have zero gripes with. I love the beat, and the sung hook from Tech is cool too. Futuristic definitely had my favorite verse. I think he killed it. Dizzy did his thing too though. Tech did what he usually does. So yeah. I really love this track. If I never heard this song, I might not have even listened to this album. I mean, I probably would have since I liked Like I Ain’t so much. But maybe I wouldn’t have listened to that song if I hadn’t heard this one. I don’t know. It doesn’t matter I guess. I think this song is dope af.


Wow. I’m shocked. I actually liked this album. I think this is one of Tech’s best albums. Out of all the albums I’d heard from Tech N9ne, I only ever liked Something Else & the first Strangeulation, and now I can add this one to that list. I think one big reason that I enjoyed this one so much is the fact that he had fewer features. He said in an interview that he decided to put less features on this one because people couldn’t tell the difference between his collabos series and his regular albums, which I have to agree with. This project is definitely too long, but I liked the majority of the songs on it, so it wasn’t too hard to get through. The funny thing is, this album is actually kinda short compared to the average Tech N9ne album. Obviously this is a flawed project. Just like with all his other albums there are some corny moments. I feel like they’re more rare on this project though. Also, the hooks were generally far better than they usually are. That might be because Tech did a lot of them himself instead of having Krizz sing them. I’m really surprised that I like this album. I’m really glad I gave it a chance though. This shit is kinda good.

Favorite Song: Like I Ain’t
Least Favorite Song: Chuki Fever

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Grade: B-

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