Aside from legendary hip-hop supergroups Run-D.M.C. and the Beastie Boys, few rappers have been able to successfully fuse rap and rock music together for a single track, let alone an entire EP. Even Lil Wayne, who some would consider the hottest rapper out today, attempted a crossover album and failed miserably. However, the Kansas City, Mo., shock rapper Tech N9ne has brilliantly blended the two genres on his latest release, “Therapy.”
Tech releases his feelings, frustrations, and views over the album, which at times resembles an actual therapy session, especially during the EP’s three skits, where Tech is heard discussing music and life with renowned producer Ross Robinson, known for working with acts such as Korn and Limp Bizkit.
“Public School” is the album’s first track, and Tech vents his frustrations regarding the public education system with fervor. “Head Now” follows, and the song’s lyrics implicate hate towards those attempting to jump on the bandwagon suddenly, with lines such as, “Been getting a whole lot of love for a while now. And the people who hated us, super elated, ready to bow down.”
The album closes with “Stop the Sailor,” where Tech raps, “What I gotta do to stop me from thinking that I should run. For her to live a better life be the wife livin’ with someone. I don’t ever want to lose her but truly it got me spun.” It’s the most honest and profound track on “Therapy,” and the rapper is obviously lamenting a relationship with a woman who he believes deserves better.
Overall, Therapy delivers a distinctive yet rarely heard sound that may not be for hardcore rock or old-school hip-hop fans, yet with Tech’s chopper style and grit, the marriage between the two rival genres seems like two grizzled war vets from opposite sides teaming up against a common foe. In the case of “Therapy,” that foe would be Tech N9ne himself.
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