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 [article id="1665866"]Tupac[/article] 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 [article id="1665812"]Tech's All 6's and 7's,[/article] which debuted at #4 on the Billboard albums chart this week thanks to Nina's dedicated [article id="1665367"]fanbase[/article], an [article id="1663992"]82-city[/article] 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."