PICS: Tech N9ne at House of Blues

It was no earthquake that shook San Diego on April 17 -- it was Tech N9ne's hip-hop spectacle at downtown's House of Blues.

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Born Aaron Dontez Yates, the star rapper got his start at a very early age, and would rap the letters of his name in order to remember how to spell it.
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In 1991, he joined a rap group called Black Mafia. When they disbanded a couple years later, Yates joined a different group called the Regime in 1997.
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In 1999, he appeared on the song “The Anthem” with RZA, Eminem, Xzibit, KRS-One and others. Later that year, he would found the record label Strange Music with his business partner Travis O’Guin.
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In 2001, he released his studio album “Anghellic.” The next year saw the release of “Absolute Power,” which debuted at No. 79 on the Billboard 200.
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In 2006, the newly minted rap star released “Everready (The Religion),” which was followed by “Misery Loves Kompany” -- the first in a series of “Tech N9ne Collabos” albums that feature a wide range of guest performances.
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The following year, he released “Killer” -- and in September of 2008, sales of his album catalog exceeded more than 1 million copies.
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In 2015, Eminem guested on his track “Speedom (Worldwide Choppers 2).” Yates has said that Eminem collaborated on the track free of charge, only in exchange for Tech N9ne to guest on a track of his own. Yates has said he was “flabbergasted” that Eminem respected his music so much.
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In all, he’s released 11 studio albums since 1999, with 2016’s “The Storm” being his most recent. He’s also released seven albums in his “Collabos” series – the latest being “Dominion” that dropped on April 7, 2017.
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Tech N9ne has had his music featured in several "Madden" video games, as well as many other films and TV shows.
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Yates has said he’s influenced by old-school hip-hop -- and has cited Slick Rick, N.W.A., Public Enemy, and Eric B. & Rakim (among others) as huge influences.
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Tech N9ne is known for his dynamic rhyme schemes and ballistic speed rap abilities, known as the “Chopper” style. Yates has said he purposely creates lyrical patterns in order to sound like a percussion instrument when he raps.
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If you missed Tech N9ne at House of Blues, don’t worry -- catch a performance from the show on our all-new episode of SoundDiego TV that airs this Saturday (April 29) at 1 a.m. on NBC 7 San Diego, right after “Saturday Night Live”!
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