Tech n9ne  – STRANGEulation song by song breakdown

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1. “Strangeulation I” 1:50
Starts off with just tech doing his thing getting us ready. For some reason I was worried to listen to this album because of how much I’ve liked his Colabos and discography in general, but this song set me at ease and that feeling continued into the second track.

2. “Hard (A Monster Made It)” (feat. Murs) 3:57
There is no false advertising with this song. It is super hard and Tech really is monster on this. He keeps up the versatility and gives us a taste of his speed then introduces the newest artist on the Strange Music label, Murs. And Murs does this right. I’m really happy Murs has found a home with Strange Music, which is the best label in my opinion for Mcs with that Independent flair.

3. “Over It” (feat. Ryan Bradley) 4:28
The hook on this is a little too poppy for me but Techa Nina brings that flow like only he can and those verses keep this song a super solid track.

4. “Make Waves” (featuring Krizz Kaliko, Rittz & Tyler Lyon) 4:55
This joint has a lot of rock elements too it that meshes perfectly with Techs style. He’s a fan of rock music and has a percussive delivery that complements guitar work, so I’m always happy to hear his more rockin songs. And my boy Krizz Kaliko is on it and he of coarse kills it. Big Krizz is one of the most consistent guys I know in the game and it’s a shame that so many people see him as just Tech’s Hype man. Rittz is on this too and he impressed me a lot with his quick flows. He really shines and it makes me excited to hear even more from him. Love this song.

5. “Nobody Cares (Remix)” (Krizz, Stevie Stone, Wrekonize, Bernz, Ces Cru)4:59
Krizz takes those choruses and stretches his RnB muscles and delivers again. Usually when you have this many features you have a few guys that just can’t bring it on the same level as the others, but this is 7 guys in 5 minutes keeping it strong the whole time. People who really dig strange music already know how much talent they have under one roof and this song showcases it for sure.

6. “Great Night” (feat. Ces Cru) 3:32
It’s a good beat, it has the strange version of a party vibe, and quality verses, but the hook is to repetitive. Especially after several listen throughs. I really like Ces Cru, and it’s a pretty good song, but I don’t really feel that chorus.

7. “Red Rags” (feat. Big Scoob, Jay Rock & Kutt Calhoun) 3:56
This is the unashamed color reppin song featuring the Kansas City gangsters of Strange Music. It feels like a beat made for Kutt Calhoun so it had my head nodding the whole time.

8. “Strangeulation II” (feat. Stevie Stone, Murs, Brotha Lynch Hung, Godemis) 3:06
The second part of the Strangeulation cipher. I don’t always feel Stevie Stone but I think he does a good job on here. Murs is still bringing it. It’s nice to here Brotha Lynch on here.

9. “Which One” (feat. Murs & Godemis) 2:56
The is one with fantastic lyricism but nothing really sticks out to talk about beyond some gross-out rhymes.

10. “American Horror Story” (feat. Ces Cru) 4:09
Another well excicuted track with great rhymes. It has a creepy hook that I do without after a couple listens, but the beat is really cool. It’s very dark and has these industrial sounds and these crazy grimy noise bursts.

11. “Fear” (feat. Mackenzie O’Guin) 4:25
Heres a personal track that slows the tempo and gets deep. He talks about family and crisis in faith. It feels like an honest therapeutic release for him thru his art and I can’t help but be a little moved by it.

12. “Strangeulation III” (feat. Bernz, Kutt Calhoun, Ubiquitous & Wrekonize) 3:39
Same as the previous Strangulations, more of the cipher. Everybody keeps proving Strange Music is a quality stable.

13. “Na Na” (feat. Stevie Stone & Rittz) 4:08
The stereotypical sex songs. Cheesy and gratuitous metaphors and descriptions of sex acts. It’s super slow but shallow with another weak repetitive chorus. The only dud on the album. It’s an auto skip since the second listen through of the album didn’t change my opinion.

14. “Stink” (feat. Krizz Kaliko, Stevie Stone & Kendall Morgan) 3:59
Krizz really stands out on this track. After listening to this album and his songs on it I really want to go back and listen to my Kali’s records. It goes without saying that Tech was a beast. It’s cool that they can spit with the quickness on a relatively simple beat that doesn’t feel very fast. It gives it a cool duality.

15. “The Calling” (feat. Tyler Lyon) 4:18
Another slower, deeper, personal cut. It has an acoustic guitar featured prominently and some pianos. Without the constant hard rock feel of songs such as “Love 2 Dislike me” Tyler Lyon’s hook borders on folk or even a little country sounding.

16. The end of the cipher “Strangeulation IV” (feat. Prozak, Big Scoob, Krizz Kaliko & Rittz) 3:14
I could gush some more about Krizz Kaliko, but I’ll let it be for now.

17. “We Are Free” (feat. Bernz & Wrekonize) 4:30

But! There is a bonus version with 3 more tracks

First is Sut Mig which is Danish for Suck me. Like you could probably guess it’s a song for haters where he simply lays out the facts of what he’s done and how people react to them and what not. Killer track

Next is a Scott Stevens REMIX of Straight Out The Gate from the album Something Else. This one features John 5 on guitar. I think this a superior version of the song and a must have in the Tech collection.

Last is Withdrawal. I feel like the album has a lot of slower serious songs by now, but damn. Krizz is phenomenal on this. So soulful, So passionate. After hearing this I don’t know how the album could end any other way.

I’ll give this an 8. What do YOU think of STRANGEulation? What should I talk about next? Let me know right here or on my Facebook:

This has been Captain Rob telling you to respect the vest, and, as always Be Safe, and Stay Nerdy.

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