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Tech N9ne & Krizz Kaliko Don’t Need Bells And Whistles To Annihilate A Set (Video)

NPR’s "Tiny Desk Concerts" have steadily forced musicians outside of their comfort zones for years. On paper, the series’ latest display, the oft-bigger than life Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko seem like outlandish candidates for the intimate show, but the Strange Music pair proved they don’t get uncomfortable. Over the... Read more

The 14 Best Hip-Hop Releases So Far In 2018 (Audio & Video)

Approaching 2018’s midpoint, the year has been absolutely incredible for Hip-Hop and Rap music. For many artists, the album is now shorter than it has ever been. Releases are more concentrated and digestible than they have been been in decades. Moreover, the MC/producer double-threat is winning, as is the chemistry... Read more

Murs Plays A Therapist In A Video Inspired By His Own Relationship Struggles

Murs' latest album, A Strange Journey Into The Unimaginable, is one of his rawest and realest to date. On it, he opens up about his life, which has somewhat recently been plagued by death, depression, and divorce. These elements give him the opportunity to be reflective and he does just that on his... Read more

Murs Drops One Of The Realest & Most Personal Songs Of 2018 (Video)

Less than one week ago, Murs and producer Michael "Seven" Summer released A Strange Journey Into The Unimaginable. The Los Angeles, California native has unloaded several singles and visuals from one of his best albums in a sprawling, dynamic, and highly-impressive catalog. One of the most striking moments of the... Read more

Murs Says Hip-Hop Can’t Be Dead If Wu-Tang Is Forever & He’s Still Rapping (Video)

In celebration of his 40th birthday (March 16), Murs drops his latest solo album, A Strange Journey Into The Unimaginable with Strange Music. The project is exclusively produced by longtime Tech N9ne producer Michael "Seven" Summers. Leading up to today, ("Murs 3/16"), the Los Angeles, California veteran MC has leaked... Read more

Tech N9ne Rates The Bars & He Punishes A Guest Verse From 1 Of His Songs (Video)

Tech N9ne is the latest guest on "Rate The Bars." The co-founder of Strange Music stresses that he wants to see some gangsta songwriting. The Kansas City, Missouri veteran, Indie Rap juggernaut, and member of The Regime hands out several perfect scores, praising bars that are especially rooted in street-life.... Read more

Murs Celebrates The MCs & Books That Taught Him He Is Powerful (Audio)

Murs is roughly six weeks away from his upcoming album, A Strange Journey Into The Unimaginable. Releasing on the veteran MC's March 16 birthday, the LP is a full collaboration with Missouri-based producer Michael "Seven" Summers, known for producing some of Tech N9ne's most celebrated work. The Strange Music album... Read more

Why Jay Rock Is The Unsung Hero Of Top Dawg Entertainment (Video)

In Hip-Hop, the first is not always the biggest. Just as football has its linemen fighting for every inch, Rap music often has its figures that blaze a trail, light a path, or move the boulders for another artist to shoot the resulting gap. This week, TDE announced its Championship... Read more

Tech N9ne Seamlessly Merges Rap With Breaking To Recreate ’80s Electro-Funk (Video)

Dropping his first music video off of his upcoming solo album, Planet (March 2), Tech N9ne's "Don't Nobody Want None" has him paying homage to that early '80s era when break-dancing and DJing were at the forefront of Hip-Hop. Not only is he going back to Hip-Hop's foundation, but he's... Read more

Murs’ New Video Is For Those Who Are Down & Cannot Get Into The Holiday Season

Murs is not new to putting his life into his art. On those early DIY albums, the Los Angeles, California MC pulled no punches when talking about violence in the streets, the perils of love, or his frustrations with less-deserving rappers always getting more looks. Down the line, 2015's Have... Read more

Murs Uses Kanye West As A Metaphor For The Stress We’re All Facing (Video)

Murs is just days away from his second Strange Music solo album, Captain California. The veteran, with histories tied to Def Jux, Rhymesayers and his own Living Legends squad moves towards a March 10 LP with a powerful single. "God Bless Kanye West" may sound like its simply about 'Ye,... Read more

Tech N9ne & Smoke DZA Ignite A Cypher On A Fresh Pete Rock Beat (Video)

In less than two weeks, the unit of Smoke DZA & Pete Rock, as well as Tech N9ne will release albums, respectively. As Smoke has become a force to be reckoned with in 2010s independent Hip-Hop, Tech may be the standing giant of that field—given his commercial success and cult... Read more

Tech N9ne Puts Himself In The Shoes Of Those Victimized By Law Enforcement (Audio)

When speaking with Ambrosia For Heads last year, Kansas City, Missouri MC Tech N0ne alluded to his upcoming album, The Storm. This is what he said last November: "My next LP [is] called The Storm. I’m gonna show [folks] that I ain’t even slowin’ down. I’m gonna show [them]—and everybody... Read more

Rittz Opens A Vividly Clear Window To The Drama In His Life (Video)

Rittz' upcoming album Top Of The Line (May 6) includes the gripping single, "My Window." The track appears to be an autobiographical look into the Georgian MC's world, beneath the high-profile tours and touted chart placements. For the video, Heads can see the 2010s independent Hip-Hop success in a no-tell... Read more

Rittz Waits Out the Storm for a Better, Brighter Day Outside His Window (Audio)

As a roster member of Tech N9ne's Strange Music imprint, Rittz's career as an MC has taken him far outside the confines of his native Gwinnett County, Georgia. The 35-year-old spitter has made a name for himself as a gifted performer whose rapid-fire delivery has led to much comparison to... Read more

Krizz Kaliko Reworks His Sound. This Elite MC Is Also A Showman (Video)

For more than a decade, Krizz Kaliko has been one of Strange Music's dedicated weapons. Although he charts higher than many of his peers, the Kansas City, Missouri MC/singer has not nearly been embraced in the mainstream like so many in his position. Kaliko's sixth album, Go, is out to... Read more

Rittz, MJG & Devin The Dude Are 3 Southern Lyricists That Buck The Trends (Audio)

At a time when Greater Atlanta is producing some of the biggest stars in Hip-Hop, it can be difficult to know where exactly Rittz fits in. The Strange Music artist and longtime Yelawolf affiliate may not have much in common with the sounds and styles of his peers, but he... Read more

Rittz Threatens Extinction To Competition In This Haunting Single (Audio)

Rittz has been one of the stars of the expanded Strange Music label. The Gwinnett County, Georgia MC is six weeks away from his third album on Tech N9ne's label, Top Of The Line (May 6). First single "Ghost Story" is a great illustration of the versatile Slumerican affiliate's proven... Read more

¡Mayday! Are Fueling The Fire On Their Future/Vintage Album (Audio)

¡Mayday! are gearing up to release their fourth album on Strange Music, Future/Vintage, due out on August 21, 2015. Today (July 14), they released the first piece of audio from the upcoming album, a song called "Fuel To The Fire." The song showcases the great chemistry Bernz and Wrekonize have... Read more

Yelawolf, Kxng Crooked, Royce Da 5’9″ & Rittz Host a Lyrical Clinic. MCs Take Note…(Audio)

Rittz is a confident MC--so much so that he invited three of Hip-Hop's fiercest spitters to join him on his remix. The result? Six minutes of nothing but rapid-fire BARS. Yelawolf, Royce Da 5'9" and Kxng Crooked (pka Crooked I) join the remix to Rittz's "LAF," and it plays like... Read more

Dizzy Wright, Big K.R.I.T., & Tech N9ne Honor Memorial Day With A Deep Message (Audio)

Dizzy Wright, Big K.R.I.T., and Tech N9ne all love a good party record. These three MCs are masters at bringing the vibes of a strip club, a house party, or a festival to a track, with commanding energy. However, part of the reason all three artists are in an elite... Read more

From Rap God to Speed Demon. Tech N9ne & Eminem Flow Furiously (Audio)

After more than a decade of trying to make it happen, Tech N9ne has finally been able to collaborate with Eminem for the first time since they were on Sway & Tech's "The Anthem" in 1999. Since then, Eminem has set the world record for the amount of words per... Read more

Murs Serves Up Some Protest Music in His Powerful Visual for No More Control (Video)

Over the years, Murs has been unafraid to travel down paths many MCs would not go. Whether it's pursuing his love of graphic novels or taking a hard and unflinching look at intolerance of same sex love, Strange Music's latest addition to the roster does not back away. Last month,... Read more

Murs Drops a Song About Seizing Control of Your Own Destiny (Audio)

Murs just released a new single off his upcoming solo debut on Strange Music, Have A Nice Life, set to be released on May 19. The song, "No More Control", features MNDR on the chorus and finds Murs giving his two cents on seizing control of your own destiny over... Read more

Tech N9ne Takes A Venting Session & Translates It To A Monster MC Moment (Video)

Despite the make-up, the merchandise, and all the trimmings of self-made wealth, Tech N9ne is a minimalist. His new single "Aw Yeah? (interVENTion)" does not have a catchy beat at all. The song does not have a high concept, a catchy chorus, or a broad purpose. Instead, the Strange Music... Read more

Murs & Slug Serve Up a Reminder That They Wrote the Book For This Generation of MCs (Audio)

In addition to his many solo albums, Murs has released several noteworthy collaborative projects over the years. He's worked with 9th Wonder, Terrace Martin, Fashawn and, more recently, ¡Mayday!. However, one of his most frequent collaborators is Atmosphere's Slug. Together, Murs and Slug form Felt, and they've three albums with... Read more

Tech N9ne Might Have A Lyrical Radio Hit, Alongside 2 Chainz & B.o.B. (Audio)

Tech N9ne has kicked down the doors of the music industry the last five years. The Strange Music co-founder has elite sales, jaw-dropping revenue streams, and everybody imaginable in his Rolodex. Although his video numbers thrive on YouTube, one thing that has evaded the Kansas City, Missouri O.G. often appears... Read more

Tech N9ne Drops The First Single From Special Effects Album (Audio)

The first single from Tech N9ne's upcoming album, Special Effects (May 5) is here. The song is called "Aw Yeah (interVENTion)," and features Tech "venting" to God about all the injustice happening in the world. This marks the first time ever Tech has used the first track on an album... Read more

Rittz Wants Recognition Outside Of The White Rapper Label (Audio)

Strange Music's own Rittz details the state of Hip-Hop today as it relates to race and, more specifically, being a "White Rapper." As an artist who is incredibly dedicated to the craft itself, Rittz delves into his own personal struggle to supersede the "white rapper" label and garner more respect... Read more

Murs & MAYDAY! Have A Strange Party That Makes You Want To Dance On Tabletops (Audio)

Following Murs' signing to Strange Music, the Los Angeles MC veteran is already at work on a collaborative project with the label's South Florida Rock-Rappers, ¡MAYDAY!. Murs appeared on the crew's standout 2012 album Take Me To Your Leader, so these outfits go back like matching outfits. On "Tabletops," a... Read more

The Indie Rap Titans Form Like Voltron. Murs Signs With Tech N9ne’s Strange Music (Video)

This afternoon (February 7th), Murs announced that he's inked a new deal with Tech N9ne's Strange Music imprint. It makes sense in a lot of ways, as both of these artists rock the sales charts and fill out venues, despite limited (read: scarce video and radio support). Highly respected among... Read more

¡MAYDAY! & Tech N9ne Kick It With Kimbo Slice In Last Man Standing (Video)

Hip-Hop and martial arts have a long history of influencing each other. South Florida's ¡MAYDAY! and their label boss Tech N9ne made a survival, sports-inspired anthem in "Last Man Standing." To illustrate the message and premise of the record, the Strange Music camp welcomed Kimbo Slice to the studio, as... Read more

Tech N9ne Backroom Freestyle (Video)

After years of being one of the most underrated in the game, Strange Music’s Tech N9ne appears to be having the best year of his 20-plus-year career. With his latest album Something Else cracking the Top 5 and his shows selling out all around the country amidst his relentless touring... Read more

Krizz Kaliko – Scars ft. Tech N9ne

Fresh off the heels of Tech N9ne’s highest-charting album to date, Something Else, Krizz Kaliko hopes to continue the success his label mate achieved with his latest project. Son Of Sam consists of 16 tracks, and judging by the few already released singles, it’s going to be filled with the same... Read more