INDEPENDENCE, Missouri — Tech N9ne didn't go mainstream, mainstream went Tech. That was the battle cry on Tuesday in KCMO, when hometown hero Tech N9ne released his sixth solo album, All 6's and 7's. The album, which features guest verses from popular artists like Lil Wayne, T-Pain, Snoop Dogg and Busta Rhymes, lured Kansas City fans, who lined up outside an Independence, Missouri, FYE record store for a scheduled meet-and-greet with Tecca Nina.
"It's just inspiring to me to see that we have that many hip-hop fans in Kansas City," KC's Hot 103 Jamz radio personality Brooklyn Martino said after the signing, which brought out more than a thousand fans. "Today, there was a constant line the whole day, and it was amazing because you see how many fans come out and appreciate the type of music that he gives Kansas City. He's constantly giving us good music and the country has now recognized it, and it is really awesome and inspiring to the city."
Tech, who started signing autographs at the store at 3 p.m. CT, continued to meet with fans up until 9:30 p.m., only taking a seven-minute dinner break at around 8 p.m.
"The line was wrapped around the block, like it always is. It's a blessing," Tech told MTV News. "I stand up the whole time to greet my fans. I don't like sitting down in between a table, so it makes it harder to stand up and greet everybody how they come, but that's how I like doing it. The day as a whole, it was successful. The album is selling really good everywhere. I'm tired as hell, but I'm proud at the same time."
"I mean the world to them because they know I'm inside out, I give them everything," Tech, who is in the midst of an 82-city tour, said. "They know that I push real hard to give them what they want, musically, performance-wise, everything — I open all the way up. That's why people call me a cult leader, because my fanbase is so hard-core and so devoted to the Tech N9ne, Strange Music movement."
Strange Music is the independent label that Tech has been releasing music on since establishing the business in 1999 with his business partner Travis O'Guin. In 2009, it was revealed that the label earned approximately $15 million, thanks to the support of Tech's fans, who call themselves "Technicians" and have drawn comparisons to the famed Juggalo fans that support Insane Clown Posse.
"I definitely deem today a success," O'Guin said of the All 6's and 7's drop. Since being released, the star-studded LP has remained in the iTunes top three albums alongside Adele's 21 and Dirty Work's All Time Low.
"I can give a sh-- about a chart position," O'Guin said. "A fan telling me that they love the album means more than them little glass trophies. The people, I think, genuinely love the album."