Tech N9ne delivers on his goals throughout Something Else, a rousing collection that takes listeners on an epic journey through Fire, Water and Earth sections of the album, a formatting tactic Tech N9ne also employed on his landmark Anghellic album in 2001 and his Everready [The Religion] album in 2006.
Straight Out The Gate kicks off the intense Fire section of the album. Featuring System Of A Down s Serj Tankian, the song has political and religious overtones while highlighting both Tankian and Tech N9ne's talents. Serj, he's a guy that takes chances with music and sounds and fuses them together and that's how I feel about my hip-hop music, Tech N9ne says. Our being on a song together, that's one of the biggest things that could happen. That's why I put it first on the album.
From there, Tech keeps the intensity level sky-high with B.I.T.C.H., an acronym for Breaking Into Colored Houses, a cut about his interaction with his black fans. Love 2 Dislike Me discusses the aftermath of a relationship gone sour, while Fortune Force Field explains how certain people are trying to keep Tech N9ne from enjoying all the fruits of his musical labor. Then there's I m Not A Saint, Tech N9ne s latest look at his Evil Brain Angel Heart persona.
Tech N9ne embraces such personal, evocative subject matter because it is an innate part of his artistry. The reason I opened up on this album is because throughout my career, all I ve been doing is being inside out, being an open book, he says. Since the album is called Something Else, I have to let certain things loose that I otherwise wouldn't let loose.