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Tech N9ne — All 6’s and 7’s



He may get criticism for his at-times controversial subject matter, but as far as lyricism and flow goes, Tech is on-point from start to finish.
Sure, “All 6's And 7's” may speak of violence and sexual deviancy, but that’s hip-hop, right? Well, not necessarily, but it’s certainly not out of the ordinary … especially with Odd Future being all the rage. So it seems more important to look past what is being said, and think about how it is being said. Tech’s rhyming capabilities are far from lackluster, adding to the strength of his strange and occasionally borderline-psychotic lyrics.

For this project, he even provides some pretty honest testimonials here and there, especially on the songs “Strangeland” and “Cult Leader.” In both, he discusses the beginnings and difficulties of his rap career, including criticism of his music. In fact, the latter is an attack on people who have apparently compared him to the likes of Jim Jones and David Koresh, something that is illustrated by an audio clip at the beginning of the track. Another honest song is “Mama Nem,” in which Tech shows appreciation for his mother and other family members.

One of the more refreshing things about the album is the differences among most of the songs, whether these differences come from production or Tech and company’s lyrical approach. He picked up a number of solid features for the disc, including strong rookies B.o.B. and Kendrick Lamar, and veterans like Busta Rhymes and Snoop Dogg.

Perhaps the only dismaying choices were the outrageously annoying T-Pain and Lil’ Wayne, who provided another tired verse. The good news is that Tech gets those both out of the way on the same track, “F**k Food.” Snoop’s contribution comes on the truly pornographic “Pornographic,” where he and Tech are joined by E-40 and Krizz Kaliko. The song is inappropriate, to say the least, but really nothing you wouldn’t expect from the collection of rappers.

Again, the subject matter is not always friendly, but Tech’s talent as a rapper helps mostly to overcome such a barrier. Perhaps the strongest tracks are “Am I A Psycho?” with B.o.B. and Hopsin, and “I Love Music,” which features Lamar and Oobergeek. There are some weaker songs, but that is to be expected on a project with 24 tracks.

Overall, “All 6’s and 7’s” is pretty solid, and worth a couple spins by the average hip-hop fan. —Ryan Querbach

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