The hardcore effort was released on Tech N9ne's own label, Strange Music, where he has sold more than one million albums independently since beginning his career in hip-hop 20 years ago. Since it was self-released, 'All 6's and 7's,' also made it to No. 1 on the Independent Albums chart. While it's not Tech's first No. 1 on this particular chart, the shock value sets in that after two persistent decades in the game, the Kansas City, Miss. OG finally finds his way into the top 5 and with the No. 1 rap album in the country.
Assists on the album were a departure from Tech's usual underground roots, with more mainstream artists -- Yelawolf, Busta Rhymes, T-Pain, B.o.B., E-40, Snoop Dogg, the Deftones and Lil Wayne -- contributing to the new effort. But Tech's lyrics on the album cut 'Love Me Tomorrow' suggest otherwise: "Tech will never go mainstream/ Mainstream will go Tech."
In an interview with MTV, Tech said he's been fighting off major label deals and that it'd take "around $900 million or something [to sign a deal]" at this point. And those who think he's a sell-out, he has this to say: "I can give a s--- about a chart position. A fan telling me that they love the album means more than them little glass trophies. The people, I think, genuinely love the album."
The rapper is currently out supporting the album on the 'All 6's & 7's' tour, which wraps this August.
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