Planet Album Review

Tech N9ne has long been the most successful independent rapper in history, having built a real mini-empire with its own label, a team of like-minded people and an army of devoted fans during 17 years of his career. While the average listener often sees him as only a skilled technician and the master of breakneck rhymesaing, the fans faithfully believe in the uniqueness and importance of the Tech N9ne for the genre of hip-hop, R&B and rap.

Tech N9ne’s twentieth studio long play titled Planet offers 19 songs (quite a large number), in the records of which, according to tradition, people from different genres took part: Mackenzie Nicole, Swisher Sleep, King Iso, Machine Gun Kelly & Y2, Krizz Kaliko, Navé Monjo, Snow Tha Product, Darrein Safron & Joey Cool and Jordan Omley.

Sophomore LP was issued on March 2, 2018, through Strange Music (independent record label founded by Tech N9ne and Travis O'Guin). As stated, the album's title comes from Tech N9ne's dream place he called P.Y.U.N.E. The planet for the artist is a place of peace of mind and a sort of escape from the overwhelming life problems.

Album's lead single - Don't Nobody Want None, which is "dedicated to all the DJs and dance crews all around the world" - is an unconventional move that might be more progressive than it seems. We hear 80s old school beats there, which reminiscent of Tech's Anghellic cut "P.R. The old musical aesthetics combined with fresh hip-hop sound, what cannot be said about other more futuristic compositions.

In such compositions as 'Drink Up' and 'Bad JuJu (Feat. King Iso)' Tech N9ne displays his ability to eviscerate a beat in a larger extent.

In addition, the album contains a dramatic line - "The Mosh Pit Song", in which the author reveals his painful side and talks about the problems related with his divorce and subsequent misunderstanding with his children.

In general, Planet is easy to listen to, with its prolific futuristic sound along with old-school elements it’s quite a mind-blowing sound venture which is interesting to go further.