Tupac's Teasing Inspires Tech N9ne's New Video

Kansas City MC says playful 'Pac taunts like 'How's Dorothy and Toto?' sparked concept for 'He's a Mental Giant' clip.

Strange music indeed. In [artist id="1205002"]Tech N9ne[/artist]'s latest music video, "He's a Mental Giant," the Kansas City, Missouri, rapper puts a hip-hop twist on the 1939 classic film "The Wizard of Oz." While Tech says that the clip's concept came from director Dan Gedman, he also credits Tupac with helping to spark the idea.

"I remember when I met Tupac in '92 at Jack the Rapper [music conference] at the Atlanta Hilton. I used to be down there in the lobby and Tupac down there drunk, yelling and stuff. I used to tell everybody I was from K.C.; they was like, 'They let y'all rap in Kansas City? How's Dorothy and Toto?' " he recalled of the ribbing he got from 'Pac and other rappers. "I'm like, 'OK, watch this.' "

Of course, Tech hails from the Missouri city, not the state of Kansas, where "Oz" is set. Regardless, the "Mental Giant" clip shows Tecca Nina looking into a crystal ball as another incarnation of the MC wanders through a fantasy world. Throughout his journey, Tech avoids various pitfalls like lustful women and an alien air-raid before escaping in a hot-air balloon made of stone.

"Mental Giant" is the second single off of Tech's All 6's and 7's, which debuted at #4 on the Billboard albums chart this week thanks to Nina's dedicated fanbase, an 82-city tour and, of course, creative video concepts.

"I just did it and some crazy-ass Wizard of Oz on ecstasy and shrooms came out," he laughed. "I think that's a good thing."