Age: 40
Label: Strange Music
From: Kansas City, MO
Active Since: 1991
Twitter: @TechN9ne

Few rappers exemplify the phrase “patience is a virtue” quite like Tech N9ne. It may have taken him nearly two decades, but he’s finally getting his props. And best of all, he didn’t have to go mainstream—the mainstream came to him.

Tech has always been a great rapper, but as the culture has shifted away from major labels and more towards independent operations, it’s shined a new light on the forever underrated lyricist whose album All 6's and 7's debuted in Billboard’s Top 5 last year. Thanks to new found chart success (and a co-sign from Lil Wayne), he’s one of the few rappers in their 40s actively expanding his fan base.

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