Rapper Tech N9ne talks to Billboard about his high-wattage album Special Effects, which spans the worlds of hip-hop, metal and beyond.
Your 15th studio album, Special Effects, which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, has a really wide range of genres and collaborators. What was the reasoning behind that?
This isn’t my first time doing that, but now everyone’s paying attention because there are so many major artists on this. What I wanted to do with this album is tell people, “F--- genres.” Yes, I love metal, and having Slipknot on there lets you know that. We took it to the hills of rap with Eminem, we took it to the hills of darkness with [composer] Joseph Bishara. It’s all in there. I’m just trying to show people we should get together and do beautiful music. That’s the theme of this album. F--- separation. Why can’t we mix and match?