As one of the progenitors of the rapid-fire Chopper style of rap, it’s no surprise that Tech N9ne’s name derives from an iconic rapid-fire handgun. With four No. 1 albums on the Independent Albums chart and over 2 million record sales worldwide, Tech N9ne’s career has been characterized by a focus on collaboration to a degree unrivaled among his peers. In 2013 alone, Tech N9ne, née Aaron Yates, would collaborate with artists as diverse as The Doors, Serj Tankian, and Cee Lo Green on his 13th studio album Something Else. All said and done, over 25 artists contributed to the release, including Snow tha Product and Wreckonzie on lead single “So Dope (They Wanna)” and Kendrick Lamar on follow-up single “Fragile”. Preceding Something Else was a string of collaborative album releases, dubbed the “Tech N9ne Collabos”, including The Gates Mixed Plate in 2010 and Welcome to Strangeland in 2011. On tour in 2013, Tech N9ne has been treating ticket buyers to his quickfire flow and affinity for sharing the spotlight, surprising fans with appearances by his wide array of collaborators at his live concerts.