Kansas City emcee Tech N9ne has remained a chart contender throughout his career, most of which has been spent on independent labels. After recently touring with Paul Wall on the Fire & Ice Tour [click to read], as well as gearing up to co-release Ill Bill‘s [click to read] highly-anticipated album Hour of Reprisal [click to read], Tech N9ne will be releasing his Killer album July 1st. According to Tech N9ne‘s publicist, the album is projected to soon push the veteran over the million mark for his career, a feat reported to be a first.
Although the rapper would not confirm the precise amount needed to sell of Killer to reach the one million benchmark in independent sales, Tech‘s effort from last year, Misery Loves Company, sold a reported 67,000 copies. Catalogue highlights include 2001’s Anghelic, which was released on the now defunct Jcor Records and 2002’s Absolute Power, which scanned over 250,000 units, released on the artist’s own Strange Music imprint.
Killer, which includes a mock-up of Michael Jackson‘s Thriller cover, features appearances from Ice Cube, Scarface [click to read] and Paul Wall.
Tech N9ne has been releasing music since 1999. He began his career signed to Quincy Jones‘ Qwest label, working with Jones‘ producer son QDIII. In the years since, the independent artist has toured and recorded extensively, also serving as a member with Yukmouth and Dru Down in The Regime. The rapper’s most mainstream success came from 1999’s Sway & Tech single “The Anthem” alongside numerous other talents, including Eminem and RZA. The video is posted below.