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Back with another addition to his Collabos series, Tech N9ne has recruited the entire Strange Music roster to work with him on this album. The idea behind this album is that it’s time for Strange Music to put a choke hold on the music industry, as they have so many great artists currently signed to the label including Tech himself, Krizz Kaliko, ¡Mayday!, Ces Cru, Rittz, Stevie Stone, Prozak, and their most recent signee, Murs, among others. All of these artists and more make appearances alongside Tech N9ne throughout the album, and make a strong case for being the best record label in hip-hop today.
Tech N9ne took a page out of Lil’ Wayne’s book by having a similar cypher track split up and spread throughout the album like Tha Carter IV‘s Intro, Interlude and Outro. Every Strange Music signee has a verse for the cypher and also makes various appearances on the actual songs. After the first part of the cypher, the album starts with the lead single “Hard (A Monster Made It)” before getting into a heavy metal vibe. Tech rocks over some loud, high-energy tracks with some rock singers along with Krizz Kaliko, Rittz and others. The middle section of the album has more of a head-nodder, traditional hip-hop vibe, with members of Ces Cru making multiple appearances. The final third of the album is more laid-back with sung choruses and more meaningful lyrics.
Overall, this is another fun album from Strange Music. Tech N9ne fans will never go hungry, as he’s always supplying new music every single year and brings a little something for everyone. For me, I felt like the album trailed off a little towards the end, but I’m sure there are heads out there who are vibing well with those more serious tracks. I liked the consistent high-energy levels in the first half of the album, from the hip-hop head-nodders to the heavy-metal mosh pit type of tracks. The Strange Music roster is full of artists who flow just as well as Tech on any track, yet all have their own unique traits. The future definitely looks bright for Strange Music.
My Grade: B+
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