20. Tech N9ne, Something Else
Release Date: 7/30/2013
Label: Strange Music
Producers: Drumma Boy, Scoop Deville, Seven, Young Fyre
Guests: T-Pain, Game, B.o.B, Big K.R.I.T, Cee-Lo Green, Danny Brown, Big Scoob, Red Cafe
Singles: "B.*.*.*.H." f/ T-Pain
Ever wondered what Tech N9ne over a Drumma Boy beat would sound like? You're about to find out. The Sultan of Strange is about to release his thirteenth studio album, Something Else, and he's not exaggerating: this is going to be a truly outside-the-box hip-hop record.
Something Else will be divided thematically into three parts (Fire, Water, and Earth) with each representing a distinct facet of Tech's personality. While you might look at that concept and say, "Hmm, not sure I want to listen to a Coheed and Cambria-style rap record," fear not; Tech N9ne has recruited a veritable who's-who of rhymeslayers to make sure the proceedings don't get bogged down by wanky guitar solos and arbitrary time-signature changes. Danny Brown, Big K.R.I.T., Trae The Truth, Rittz, and B.o.B. are just a few of the rappers ready to go toe-to-toe on wax with the man known to the government as Aaron Yates.
And just in case you decided, "Hey, I did want somebody from a popular 00s alt-metal band on this rap album," guess who's on track No. 10? Serj Tankian from System of a Down. You're welcome. —Nathan Susman