Tech N9ne

Aaron Dontez Yates, popular by the name Tech N9ne is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur.

Aaron Dontez Yates, popular by the name Tech N9ne is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur. His stage name Tech N9ne was given to him by rapper Black Walt due to his fast-rhyming Chopper style and was originated from the TEC-9 semi-automatic handgun. He later added deep meaning to his name, claiming that it stands for the complete technique of rhyme with “tech” and “nine” representing the number of completion. He has sold over two million albums. His music is featured in numerous films, television, and video games. He won the Left Field Woodie award at the mtvU Woodie Awards in 2009.

He has over 894k followers on his Instagram.

Tech N9ne Clarifies He Is Alive Following The Death Of Fellow Rapper Of The Same Name, Tech 9

Battle rapper from Philadelphia, Tech 9 (birth name: Akeem Mickens) died of the reported natural cause on 25 March 2019. The rapper Buttah From Da Block announced Tech 9’s death via social media. Several well-known artists have expressed their condolences to the battle rapper’s family and friends.

However, several fans got confused with the death of Tech 9 to that of Tech N9ne. Due to similar stage names, several fans expressed their condolences for the death of Tech N9ne. Tech N9ne wrote on Twitter, “Condolences to the great Tech 9”.

He posted a video on his Instagram with a caption, “#IT’S ALIVE”. He told in the video, “Condolences to the battle rapper Tech 9. He’s been battling for years. I’ve observed many a battle of his. Condolences to the family. My family is calling my phone wondering if I’m OK. I’m OK. My condolences go out to the battle rapper, Tech 9. Philly, stand up”.

Known For

His speed rap abilities called Chopper style.

Early Life

Tech N9ne was born on 8 November 1971. His birth name is Aaron Dontez Yates. He was born to a father, Carlton Cook, and a mother, Maude Sue Yates-Kalifah. His birthplace is in Kansas City, Missouri in the United States. He holds an American nationality. His zodiac sign is Scorpio. He has a sister, Basimah Khalifah. He began rapping at a very early age. His mother suffered from epilepsy and lupus when he was a child. it emotionally affected him and inspired him to “search for God”. He used to explore abandoned buildings with his best friend hoping to catch a “ghost” and film it.

He attended Southwest High School in Kansas City.


He was a member of the group, Black Mafia. The group was formed in 1991.

He then joined the group 57th Street Rogue Dog Villians. Their single, “Let’s Get Fucked Up” earned the group success.

He signed with Perspective Records in 1993. He was a member of the group Nnutthowze. The label released them and their group disbanded.

He signed with Qwest Records but moved to JCOR Records.

He joined the group The Regime in 1997.

He was featured on the soundtrack from the film Gang Related in 1998.

He was one of the several artists featured on the song “The Anthem” in 1999.

He partnered with Travis O’Guin to find a record label, Strange Music in 1999.

He released his debut album, The Calm Before the Storm in 1999.

He released his second studio album, The Worst in 2000.

He released his studio album, Angelic on JCOR Records in 2001.

He then released Absolute Power in a joint venture between Strange Music and M.S.C. Music & Entertainment.

He released the album, Everready (The Religion) in 2006.

He has released 12 studio albums to date.

His other albums are Killer (2008), K.O.D (2009), All 6’s and 7’s (2011), Something Else (2013), Special Effects (2015), The Storm (2016), and Planet (2018).

He has released 8 Collabos series studio albums.

They are Misery Loves Kompany (2007), Sickology 101 (2009), The Gates Mixed Plate (2010), Welcome to Strangeland (2011), Strangeulation (2014), Strangeulation Vol. II (2015), Dominion (2017), and Strange Reign (2017).

He has released several EPs, The Lost Scripts of K.O.D. (2010), Seepage (2010), E.B.A.H (2012), Boiling Point (2012).

He released his first mixtape Bad Season in December 2010.

He was featured on the song “Interlude”, Lil Wayne’s song from his ninth studio album The Carter IV.

Machine Gun Kelly featured Tech N9ne on his first studio album’s single “Edge of Destruction”.

He announced the “Independent Grind” tour in January 2014. The tour included Freddie Gibbs, Krizz Kaliko, and Jarren Benton.

He went on a Special Effects tour beginning in early April 2015. Murs, Chris Webby, Krizz Kaliko, Zuse, and King 810 joined the tour.

He earned his first platinum record in 18 years in June 2017 for Caribou Lou.


His songs are featured in several films including, Born 2 Race, Gang Related, Alpha Dog, Our Heroes: The 25 Best Black Sports Movies (Ever), and The Life of Lucky Cucumber.

His song “Let’s Go” was used in an online promotional short film for AXE body spray in 2009.

He has appeared as an actor in the films, Vengeance, and Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D.

He starred in the musical “Alleluie: The Devil’s Carnival” in 2015.

He released “Shine” for the Jaco Pastorius documentary, Jaco in 2015.

Video Games

His songs are featured in the video games, Madden NFL 2006, The Crew, EA Sports MMA, 25 To Life, WWE 2K18, EA Sports UFC 3, and Midnight Club: Los Angeles.

He and label mate Krizz Kaliko appeared in a promotional video for the Fight Night Round 4 video game in 2009.


His music was featured on television shows including Dark Angel, I’m From Rolling Stone, My Super Sweet 16, The Hills, Spike Guys’ Choice Awards, and Warren The Ape.

His song “Earthquake” was featured on an episode of MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew in 2008.

His song “Riot Maker” was used as the official theme song for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling’s 2010 Hardcore Justice pay-per-view.

He appeared in 3 episodes on the MTV game show, Hip Hop Squares in 2012.

He has appeared and performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2014.

He appeared on Wild n Out as captain of the Black Team in 2014.

His song “Give It All” from the album Special Effects was used during Inside the NBA’s “Tip-Off” for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals in May 2015.

Is Tech N9ne Married Or Single?

Tech N9ne is unmarried at present. Previously, he was married to Lecoya LeJeune. The two tied a knot to each other in 1995. 10 years later, they got separated in 2005. He filed for divorce in 2015 and their divorce was finalized in 2017. They were already separated for 12 years before their divorce was finalized. He has a daughter named Reign with his ex-wife. He also has two children, Alyia, a daughter, and Dontez Yates, a son from another relationship. The identity of their mother is not revealed yet. No other information regarding his personal life is available at present.

What are Tech N9ne’s Body Measurements?

Tech N9ne stands at a height of 1.7 m i.e. 5 feet and 7 inches tall. He has a bodyweight of 159 lbs i.e. 72 kg. He has an average body build. He has a chest size of 43 inches, a biceps size of 14 inches, and a waist size of 34 inches. He has dark brown eyes and his hair color is black.

What is Tech N9ne’s Net Worth?

Music is Tech N9ne’s major source of income. He has earned most of his fortune working in the music industry. He has also worked in films and television. He has endorsed several brands. He teamed with Boulevard Brewing Company to create a new beer named Bou Lou in May 2018.  The beer was named Bou Lou in a reference to his song “Caribou Lou”. He has appeared in a TV ad for F.T.I. He narrated a Super Bowl commercial for Sporting KC in 2016. As of 2019, his net worth is estimated at $16 million.

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