Therapy means something different to everybody. For some, it involves sitting in an overpriced shrink’s office and lamenting life’s trials and tribulations for an hour. For others, it’s as simple as swinging a golf club or hitting a punching bag. As with everything, TECH N9NEpossesses his own perception of therapy, and that’s codified in his new metal-tinged, aggressive 11-track 2013 EP, Therapy, hitting stores November 5th via Strange Music. You can pre-order Therapy via iTunes at this link.
Since first bursting on to the scene in 1990, TECH N9NE has risen through the ranks to become the most successful independent rapper. He’s sold over two million records, garnered universal critical acclaim, scored a gold record for the single ‘Caribou Lou’, been sought out for collaborations by everybody from Lil Wayne to Five Finger Death Punch, and packed venues worldwide. TECH’s latest studio album Something Else debuted #4 on Billboard 200 this past August, and was just named in Forbes’ Hip-Hop Cash Kings alongside Sean “Diddy” Combs, Dr. Dre and Jay-Z. Forbes also gave an exclusive look into TECH N9NE and Strange Music’s indie empire in this breakout feature (check it out here).
Therapy is produced by legendary rock producer Ross Robinson (Korn, Slipknot) to achieve a hard-hitting, instrument-driven sound unlike anything else he’d previously done over the course of thirteen full-length studio albums. Top-notch musicians such as Wes Borlandof Limp Bizkit and Glassjaw’s Sammy Siegler built the sonic foundation for many of the tracks alongside longtime producer Seven’s beats.
Therapy track listing:
1. The Ghost (Therapy Skit One)
2. Public School (featuring Krizz Kaliko)
3. Head Now (featuring Bernz & Wrekonize)
5. Therapy Skit Two
6. Shame on Me (featuring Caroline Dupuy Heerwagen)
7. Jacob Wells Message (skit)
8. When Demons Come (featuring Tyler Lyon)
9. Therapy Skit Three
11. Stop the Sailor
To celebrate Therapy, TECH N9NE is teaming up with RollingStone.com today to bring you the brand new track ‘Hiccup’, in which according to Rolling Stone, “…TECH N9NE launches aggressive boasts between distorted riffs and ballistic arena-metal drums.” Take a listen to ‘Hiccup’ at this link.
“[Hiccup] came to me in a dream,” states TECH. “The beat has a punkish feel. There are certain things I wanted to touch on with that song like Charles Ramsey. It’s about evil people in the world who think they’re going to get away with bad things, but there’s always a hiccup in their plans because evil shall not prevail over angels. These ideas were on my mind—whether it’s the horrible stories you hear or things as strange as Twitter beefs. I’m proud of it.”
Like all effective sessions, this one saw the Kansas City rapper physically and creatively stepping outside of his comfort zone in order to achieve the best results. Instead of holing up at his own home studio and Strange Music HQ, he flew out to Los Angeles and stayed at a waterfront Venice Beach hotel mere steps away from the studio.
With only two weeks booked, TECH immediately immersed himself within Robinson’s unique “treatment” program. In the morning, he would sit on the producer’s roof or on an abandoned couch in the sand and stare out at the water, dictating rhymes or scribbling them on his pad. Then, in the studio, every emotion would be cut to tape.
Every step of the process proved equally frightening and fulfilling for the artist. “I was always against going to psychiatrists,” he admits. “I’m usually my own psychiatrist. Music is therapeutic for me. However, I went to one, and his name was Ross Robinson. We would just talk in the studio. It was super uncomfortable initially. A lot of your raw thoughts are embarrassing. I don’t typically share like that in front of anybody. Ross made me pull those out in front of him. He talked to me in a different way.”
“I want fans to enjoy it on that level, adds TECH. “We did it outside of my comfort zone and outside of Strange Music. This is raw instruments. It’s a thrill for me. I don’t think this is going to be my last Therapy session with Ross Robinson.”
In support of Therapy, TECH N9NE is touring the United States through October and into November. See below for all currently confirmed tour dates.
TECH N9NE on the SOMETHING ELSE TOUR 2013
10/10 – Fargo, ND @ Best Western Doublewood Inn
10/11 – St. Paul, MN @ Myth
10/12 – West Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom
10/13 – Fort Wayne, IN @ IPFW Rhinehart Auer Hall
10/14 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave/Eagles Club
10/15 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
10/16 – Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
10/17 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
10/18 – Cleveland, OH @ The Agora
10/19 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
10/21 – Worcester, MA @ The Worcester Palladium
10/22 – Providence, RI @ Fete Music
10/23 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
10/24 – Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
10/25 – Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
10/26 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
10/27 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
10/28 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
10/29 – Indianapolis, IN @ Old National Centre
10/30 – Kansas City, MO @ The Midland Theatre by AMC
10/31 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
11/1 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
11/2 – Cedar Rapids, IA @ Hawkeye Downs Speedway
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