Tech N9ne
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Birth name

Aaron Dontez Yates


November 8, 1971
Kansas City, Missouri, United States


Hip hop


Rapper, record producer

Years active



Strange Music, RBC, Interscope, Qwest, Perspective A&M, Warner Bros.

Associated acts

Big Scoob, Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, The Regime

Aaron Dontez Yates (born November 8, 1971), better known by his stage name Tech N9ne, is an American rapper and record producer from Kansas City, Missouri. In 1999, N9ne and business partner Travis O'Guin founded the record label Strange Music. He has sold over two million albums and has had his music featured in film, television and video games. 

His stage name originated from the TEC-9 semi-automatic handgun, and was given to him by rapper Black Walt due to his fast-rhyming Chopper style. Yates later applied a deeper meaning to the name, claiming that it stands for the complete technique of rhyme, with "tech" meaning technique and "nine" representing the number of completion.

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