Tech N9ne – “FEAR EXODUS” (EP Review)

Tech N9ne is a Kansas City, Missouri veteran who’s music I’ve covered countless times up to this point. From founding the independent powerhouse Strange Music alongside his manager Travis O’Guin to his insane work ethic & an incredibly lengthy discography, the man really has done a lot to the culture to solidify himself as one of the all-time greats. He just put out his 22nd album ENTERFEAR back in April, which was followed up by a great outtakes EP MORE FEAR just a couple months ago. However with the Halloween season approaching quickly, Tech is finishing the FEAR trilogy by releasing his 8th EP.

After the “Rally the Troops” intro, the first song “EPOD” with JL sees the 2 talking about being the illest over a woozy trap beat from Seven whereas the next track “I Think” is a fresh showcase of the current Strange Music roster over a grimy instrumental. The song “Sprocket” with Krizz Kaliko is yet another addition to Tech’s long list of club bangers backed by a vigorous beat from N4 while the track “Tech’s Mex” talks about his originality over a spacious instrumental.

The penultimate song “Becoming Too Famous“ talks about the crazy amount of press coverage he’s received recent years over a settle trap beat & after the “Exodus” skit, the closer “Making a Killin’ (I Ain’t Scared of Shit)” talks about moving on from the FEAR trilogy as he announces his upcoming 23rd album Asin9ne dropping next year over a ghostly instrumental.

Man, what a good way to segway into the next chapter of Tech’s career. He gives listeners an introspective look at where’s at currently whereas Seven & N4 both continue to prove both of their own sounds compliment Tech the best. Beyond excited to hear where he takes things next year.

Score: 7/10

RƎƵIN 47 – “Mental Problemz” (EP Review)

ƵIN 47 is an 18 year old MC/producer from Kansas City, Missouri who got his start in 2017 when he dropped his debut EP 47th Mirrorz. This was followed up last Halloween with the Hypnotic Journey Programming mixtape but as this year, RƎƵ is celebrating it’s 1 year anniversary by dropping his 2nd EP.

After the “Mental Advisory” intro, the first song “Erased Memory” talks about murdering any MC who opposes him over a guitar loop while the next track “Error 47” talks about going insane over a chaotic beat. The song “Baptized in Blood” takes you back to the dark side of his head over a frightening boom bap instrumental while the track “Az the World Burnz” talks about the current state of things over a apocalyptic beat. The song “Xziled” talks about how ones’ environment shapes your way of thought over a fuzzy boom bap instrumental while the penultimate track “Fever Dream” talks about being trapped in such over another rock infused-beat. The EP ends with “Diagnosis”, where RƎƵ recaps the mental struggles he’s faced in the last 4 years over an instrumental that kinda has a vintage East Coast feel to it.

Personally, I think it shows how talented RƎƵIN 47 truly is. His production keeps getting progressively grimier & the lyrics are the most personal than it’s ever been before. I absolutely recommend keeping an eye out for his name in the future.

Score: 7/10