Today in KC’s Music History: Aaron Yates Born

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His given name of Aaron Yates may not ring a bell, but but his professional name might: rapper Tech N9ne was born on Nov. 8, 1971.

Tech was born in Kansas City and has remained here for his entire career. He is widely considered to be the best selling independent artist in hip-hop. He’s sold more than 1 million CDs during this career, an amazing accomplishment for an independent artist. He is the co-owner of, and chief artist for, Strange Music, based in Lee’s Summit, Mo., a suburb just south of Kansas City.

Tech’s latest release is an EP, Seepage, which was released on Oct. 25. His last full album, The Gates Mixed Plate, was released on July 27.

In addition to his birthday this week, the movie Vengeance, starring Danny Trejo, will be released on DVD on Thursday. In the movie, Tech plays Chaco, a “street thug, madman who is the wrong place at the wrong time,” according to the film’s web site. He was going to contribute at least one song to the movie, according to director Gil Medina in an August 2009 interview, but I’ve not been able to confirm if this is still true.

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Tech N9ne: Web SiteFacebookBlogTwitter

Vengeance: Web SiteIMDB Page


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