Aaron Dontez Yates is better known by his stage name Tech N9ne. His stage name originated from the TEC-9 semi-automatic handgun, given to him by rapper Black Walt due to his fast rhyming style. (Tech is short for technique and 9 is the number of completion. That’s why he says the technique’s complete so often.)
Born in 1971, Yates began rapping at a young age. He used rapping to help him remember things such as the letters of his own name. The road to fame has been a tough one. Yates never met his father and his mother suffered from epilepsy. In 2003, Yates’s best friend Brian Dennis was shot and killed by his girlfriend’s ex-girlfriend. These experiences, although traumatizing, have made Tech N9ne into a powerhouse rapper who spits lyrics that are relate-able and often moving.
Early in his career, Yates was a member of a group called Black Mafia. Yates continued to bounce from group to group and was a member of 57th Street Rogue Dog Villains, Nutthowze, and The Regime until releasing Anghellic as a solo artist on JCOR Records.
Tech N9ne’s horrorcore gangster rap has frightened some but intrigued many. He has a cult like following and over his 12 year career as a solo artist and 24 year career as an established rapper has worked with Lil’ Wayne, Eminem, Linkin Park and other high profile artists.
“They call me devil worshipper because I’m different. I give you music for my core…I raise my middle finger to everybody who judges me because my core audience is there for me,” Tech N9ne said. “They will always love me, but I’m trying to reach others, too. It’s not over. My music is supposed to be for everybody, but some people just don’t get it.”
Tech N9ne will be performing in the northwest on April 4th at the McDonald Theatre in Eugene, April 5th at Roseland Theater in Portland, April 6th and 7th at Showbox SoDo in Seattle and March 9th at The Knitting Factory in Spokane.
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