Aaron Dontez Yates (born November 8, 1971) is an American rapper better known by his stage name Tech N9ne (pronounced “tech nine”). Together with his business partner Travis O’Guin, he established the record label Strange Music in 1999. Over two million CDs have been sold, and his music has been featured in movies, television, and video games.
He was awarded the Left Field Woodie at the 2009 mtvU Woodie Awards. His stage moniker was derived from the semi-automatic weapon TEC-9, which was given to him by the rapper Black Walt owing to his chopper-style rapping. Yates subsequently said that the term signifies the complete technique of rhyme, with “tech” denoting technique and “nine” symbolising the number of completion.
Despite having only modest mainstream success himself, he has featured numerous mainstream artists on his albums, including E-40, Ice Cube, Three 6 Mafia, B.o.B., Twista, Busta Rhymes, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, T-Pain, Snoop Dogg, The Game, Wiz Khalifa, CeeLo Green, T.I., 2 Chainz, Corey Taylor of Slipknot, Eminem, Logic
Early Years of Tech N9ne
Tech N9ne was born Aaron Dontez Yates on November 8, 1971 in Kansas City, Missouri. Before he could even read or spell, he started rapping in Kansas City. While Yates was growing up, his father, Carlton Cook, was separated from the family, and his mother suffered from epilepsy and lupus.
This touched him deeply and led him, in his own words, to “seek for God.” Yates would frequently explore abandoned places with his buddies in the hopes of photographing a ghost. He graduated from Kansas City’s Southwest High School.
Tech N9ne’s Wealth
According to celebritynetworth.com American rapper Tech N9ne has an estimated net worth of $18 million. Black Walt gave him the moniker Tech N9ne because his rhyming technique resembled that of a TEC-9 semi-automatic weapon. His music has been featured on television, in movies, and in video games. He has sold over two million records.
Career of Tech N9ne
In 1991, he was a member of the group Black Mafia. Additionally, he was a member of the bands 57th Street Rogue Dog Villains and Nnutthowze. He joined the group The Regime, which was founded by the rapper Yukmouth, in 1997, and was included on the Gang Related soundtrack in 1998. He appeared on albums by Eminem, RZA, and Xzibit.
In 1999, he co-founded the record label Strange Music. The release of his debut studio album, The Calm Before the Storm, occurred in 1999. In 2001, he released the album The Worst. JCOR Records’ publication of the record “Anghellic” by Yates later that year brought him underground success.
After issues occurred regarding the record’s promotion, he cut ties with JCOR, and they were granted ownership of the album. Absolute Power was released in 2002 and peaked at number three on the US independent album chart. Everready (The Religion) in 2006 and Misery Loves Kompany in 2007 earned positions two and three, respectively, on the same chart.
Killer (2008), K.O.D. (2009), The Gates Mixed People (2010), All 6’s and 7’s (2011), Strangeulation (2014), Special Effects (2015), and Strangeulation Vol. II (2015) all debuted at number one on the US Indie chart. His most popular singles are “Fragile,” which was published in 2013 and features Kendrick Lamar,!Mayday!, and Kendall Morgan, and “Hood Go Crazy,” which was released in 2015 and features B.o.B. and 2 Chainz.
His cinematic roles include Big Money Rustlas, Vengeance, and Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D. Tech N9ne appears to release albums at a rate comparable to his delivery method. Tech N9ne released “Strangeulation Vol. II” in November 2015, the sixth album in his “Collabos” series and sixteenth album overall.
JL, Ryan Bradley, and Tyler Lyon are featured. In January 2016, Tech released a remix of “The Beautiful People” by Marilyn Manson for Dr. Dre’s “The Pharmacy.” Later that spring, he embarked on the Independent Powerhouse Tour with fellow Strange members. His 17th album, “The Storm,” was released as a follow-up to his 1999 debut, “The Calm Before the Storm.”
Tech N9ne released “Dominion” and launched the Strictly Strange 2017 tour in 2017. “Caribou Lou” earned him his first platinum record in 18 years on June 20, 2017. Tech N9ne released “Planet,” his twentieth studio album, in March of 2018. In April of 2019, he released his 21st studio album, titled “N9na.”
On April 10, 2020, one year later, his 22nd album “Enterfear” was published. On July 29, 2020, Tech N9ne was featured on the single “CMFT Must Be Stopped” by Slipknot. The same year in October, Tech released a new album titled “Fear Exodus.”
Personal Sphere of Tech N9ne
Yates was wed in 1995, but they divorced in 2005. Twelve years after their initial separation, Yates filed for divorce in 2015, and it was completed in November 2017. Yates is a passionate supporter of the culture and professional sports teams of Kansas City, notably the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals, and Sporting Kansas City. Prior to the 2019 AFC Championship game, he released the song “Red Kingdom.”
In May of 2018, it was revealed that Yates had collaborated with the Kansas City-based Boulevard Brewing Company to make a new beer. On June 18, that year, it was released in Kansas City, Wichita, Denver, and Oklahoma City. It was named Bou Lou after his song Caribou Lou. It is a wheat beer flavoured with pineapple and coconut. It was later introduced to the St. Louis market.