Tech N9ne says in an interview with Rolling Stone that that the music of the rock group The Doors saved his life and that he collaborated with the iconic group for “Strange 13,” the first cut Tech N9ne recorded for his forthcoming Something Else album. The collection is slated for a July 30 release. 

“Strange 2013,” an update of The Doors’ “Strange Days,” was coordinated by producer Fredwreck, who worked with the surviving members of The Doors in 2004, when the then-Snoop Dogg covered their song “Riders On The Storm.” “Strange 2013” features Tech N9ne and The Doors members guitarist Robby Krieger, drummer John Densmore and organist Ray Manzarek. The track features tablas, guitars, sitars and the original Gibson/Kalamazoo organ that Manzarek played with The Doors. Manzarek died May 20, making “Strange 2013” one of his last recordings. The Doors singer Jim Morrison died of an apparent drug overdose in Paris, France in 1971.

Tech N9ne says that he named his company Strange Music because of two songs from The Doors, “People Are Strange” and “Strange Days.” “If I didn’t listen to their music and their fusion of sounds, I probably would’ve never called [my label] Strange Music,” Tech says in the interview. “I have Jim Morrison to thank for that. Who would’ve fuckin’ thunk it years later that I would work with his homies?”

Tech N9ne says he visited the Paris grave of Morrison in 2010 after performing in the French city for the first time.

In addition to The Doors, Cee Lo and System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian are also slated to appear on Something Else.

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