Considering it’s practically cliche to say Tech N9ne is underrated or slept-on at this point, I’ll just say I’m proud of the guy. While most rappers just now entering the limelight started out in an era where stars are made in minutes, this Kansas City king started rapping professionally before most of them were born and has only now gotten his first RIAA plaque. Nearly six years after being released on Tech’s stand-out Everready album, the party-provoking single “Caribou Lou” has just reached the 500K sales mark, earning certified Gold status.
For Tech, not only does the accolade prove that persistence pays off, it’s probably one of the most fulfilling days of his career. For a lot rappers, that classification would be considered a failure. However, in case of Strange Music’s 41-year-old renaissance man, it’s probably something he’s been aware of and awaiting. Not because he’s hawking acclaim like that either, but because he’s just that on top of his business and has always wanted that mainstream validation – even just to prove they came to him and not vice versa.
If you’ve supported the man’s cause or even just mixed a little bit of 151, pineapple juice and Malibu occasionally on the weekends, toast to Tech and his hard work. He’s earned it.