Four days ago, Tech N9ne aka Techa Nina dropped a bomb off his thirteenth studio album, N9na, and it landed on all of our stankfaces.
“Like I Ain’t,” a music video that turned into a film series called “Kathartic,” opens with a Purge-quality introduction and some sheisty characters, including Tech, who’s clearly out for blood and unrelenting in his lyrical slashing.
Another thing you’ll notice in the video, if you haven’t pinned it down yet in any other music video or production he’s put on, is that Tech never ages. Even through the Juggalo face paint, Aaron Dontez Yates, the kid from Kansas City, has an inextinguishable spark in his eyes.
“Like I Ain’t” is a continuation of the narrative he’s built an empire around, but it’s also a flashback to a younger rapper, before the money, fame, and a long, long list of features. Trash talk is still his ammo, and he’ll keep loading it up to take you out. But according to the rapper in blog interviews, N9na was packaged to on-board new fans who are not familiar with his music, and hype up existing ones who know that every verse he’s rapped he’s actually lived.
As per usual, there are many appearances by his Strange Music crew in the video, including Ubiquitous, whose performance as a tweaked-out inmate leads us to surmise that he flew in straight from the cuckoo’s nest. Krizz Kaliko also does a fine job as Tech’s accomplice throughout the mini film.
No one really compares to Tech in terms of career longevity and reinvention, and that is what “Like I Ain’t” reiterates to fans and foes. Only Tech N9ne can die three times and revive himself to put on one more show.
Watch the video below.