TECH N9NE has the Hip Hop Midas Touch. Every CD he has touched for his past three releases has reached # 1. And once again, the first week Billboard Chart results for Tech N9ne Collabos: The Gates Mixed Plate are in — #1 Indie Album, #4 Rap Album, #13 on Billboard’s Top 200.

After the release of last year’s K.O.D., TECH N9NE made it clear that he was done with the darkness and ready to party — a mission that definitely comes through loud and clear on Tech N9ne Collabos: The Gates Mixed Plate. With a list of features that reads like a rap menu, including Devin The Dude, Watts’ Jay Rock and Glasses Malone, Yukmouth and Stevie Stone, as well as Strange Music label mates Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun and Big Scoob, The Gates Mixed Plate also pays tribute to local KC barbecue and promotes TECH N9NE’s latest beverage concoction, KC Tea (Hennessey, Sprite and lemon juice).

When Lil’ Wayne called in to New York’s Hot 97 radio station this week from Rikers Island, he shared some thoughts about dream collaborations upon his release from prison. Funkmaster Flex asked Weezy who he was most looking forward to working with and he said, “I’ve been saying to myself that I really want to do a song with either Andre 3000 or TECH N9NE.”


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