Tech N9ne Explains Origins Of Kendrick Lamar Verse On "Fragile"

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Tech N9ne Explains Origins Of Kendrick Lamar Verse On

Exclusive: Tech N9ne explains how he got the idea to put Kendrick Lamar on "Fragile," a cut on the Strange Music rapper's new album, "Something Else."

Tech N9ne says he was up against a wall when it was time to record "Fragile," a song featured on the Strange Music rapper's new album, Something Else

"It was crazy, because I was so busy," Tech N9ne says during an exclusive interview with HipHopDX. "I knew it was going to be a big song, because what Mayday! gave me with Kendall Morgan singing on it. After I wrote my verse, it was my second show in Seattle. We did two shows, because I sold out both shows. There was like 2,000 the first night, and another 2,000 on the second night. So it was like, 'Whoa, we sold out both shows!' I was already tired from the night before, and we already had booked the studio time in Seattle. I went there, and I finished the last four bars of the verse I wrote. I wrote most of the verse—the first eight bars—on bus. It was getting closer to the show, and I wrote the last four bars at the studio because, our meet and greets aren’t an hour anymore. There’s like 300 people or 400 people, so you’re there until 6 pm now instead of 3 or 4. Now we got to go the studio, and I gotta be on stage at 9 pm, so it’s coming down to the wire…I still have to eat and whatnot. But I did it, and after I did it, I’m like, 'Ooh, the verse is elite.'"

Tech N9ne says that he took a moment to reflect on his own rhymes. "I looked back at it, and I said, “Some of the people appointed to give an opinion / Never do get it / I want you to come on and gobble a jimmy and... die / Nina be givin’ the remedy and why / Critics are really the enemy, and I / Can’t stand the way they slam today’s gifted / Effin’ incredible, get fanned away with grands to pay / This jam will lay scripted / Deaf and impeccable…'"

Even though "Fragile" already featured Mayday! and Kendall Morgan, Tech N9ne says that he wanted to include another rapper on the song with him. "It was already elite, so I needed somebody who could come after me, and there aren’t too many who can do it," Tech N9ne says. "Twista can do it, Busta [Rhymes] can do it, Eminem can do it, Kendrick [Lamar] can surely do it, and that’s who I heard on that beat. That was music we were doing, when you can hear that beat, it’s music. It’s empty, but it’s music. The beautiful acoustic guitar and Kendrick is musical to me. I felt like he could speak on that. I wasn’t sure if he could speak on that…but he spoke on it. People love him, and I didn’t know if he had critics that had said something bad. I wasn’t sure if he could speak on it, because people love him so much. But he spoke on it, and it was pretty raw. He held that second verse, and it’s like you ain't mad at it at all."

Tech N9ne has deep ties to Kendrick Lamar. Lamar is in the group Black Hippy with Jay Rock, who is signed to Strange Music. Both Kendrick Lamar and Jay Rock toured with Tech N9ne in 2010 and Tech N9ne and Kendrick Lamar appeared with Machine Gun Kelly, Big K.R.I.T. and B.o.B at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher.

Additional Reporting By Omar Burgess

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  • Doris J. Charboneau
    my best friend's mom makes $60/hour on the internet. She has been out of a job for eight months but last month her pay check was $15216 just working on the internet for a few hours. Go to this web site and read more... www.Can99.com i will try to be resonable, but damn he really had one of the greatest runs in hip hop of all time.
  • #RULETalK
    he got at Ja Rule first, but he didnt feel the devil worshipping. so hes second choice was Kendrick Gaymar. true story.
  • Erica D. Roark
    as Michelle replied I'm dazzled that a stay at home mom can earn $9940 in one month on the computer. have you seen this web page... www.Can99.com Something tells me that this is going to end up being released on the same day as Detox.
  • g funk
    great song
  • Kendrick GOAT
    Kendrick shits on tech 9 kendrick is the GOAT and plus good kid mad city is the only album comparable to illmatic that came out
    • Anonymous
      dickriding at its finest
    • iamhiphop
      I'm a Kendrick fan, but the OP is dickriding too much.
    • Panda
      LOL IAHH GET OFF THIS SITE AND GO BACK TO KTT AGAIN
    • Nick
      Agreed, goddamn dickrider. I love Tech, haven't heard any of Kendrick's shit at all - but I'll say, every thing about this track is amazing. With that said, Kendrick's verse is probably my favorite part about it, but in no way does he shit on anything. It's all wonderful.
    • Anonymous
      hes not dickriding if the rapper is the greatest that's better then praising sub-par rappers
  • Anonymous
    amazing track off the album, friend showed me yesterday. Amazing sounds real good
  • Anonymous
    It's a dope ass song
  • Anonymous
    LOVE THIS SONG AND ALBUM
  • OnlyHipHop
    A great track off the record. An MCs only good choice again.
  • Anonymous
    strange dont need ces cru or prozak
    • ky
      you serious? Prozak and now ces cru are one of the strongest pillars that support strange. I feel that ces have a little too light production that doesn't always fit them but they spit
    • TaZzZ
      They're the two weakest acts on Strange, but thats not saying much beside Kali, Lynch, Mayday, Rittz... Even Stevie Stone and Kutt hold it down most of the time
    • Anonymous
      yet you have a problem with ces cru ces cru are amateurs
    • Anonymous
      Ces Cru > Kutt
  • Anonymous
    all 6's and 7's had 3 bad tracks you owe like pookie pornographic overtime
    • Anonymous
      and overtime only whack cuz of the hook tech and stevie kill it
    • Anonymous
      overtime just another song ruined by krizz
    • Anonymous
      Overtime was the only one I felt was wack out of that lot... Pornographic is only bad for Snoop's bit, Tech and E-40 absolutely murder the beat.
  • Anonymous
    something else is whack
    • Anonymous
      got like 3 tracks
  • Anonymous
    all 6's and 7's has more hits
  • Anonymous
    cult leader am i a psycho love me tomorrow promise land so lonely hes a mental giant delusional
    • Anonymous
      worldwide choppers i love music if i could face paint this is hip hop tech fell the fuck off
    • ETK
      he fell off cause you're able to name a bunch of songs you got on your iPod? Tech isn't doing anything drastically different than what he been doing... he spits as hard today as he did 3, 6 years ago. he still got it.
  • Anonymous
    all 6'7s and 7's his best evthing after was kinda whack the eps had like 1 track each somthing else had like 4 songs even fuck food better than some of the songs on somthing else ]] and im tired of krizz kaliko signing, shit was dope on everready but now its ruining techs songs
    • lol
      straight out the gate > all 6's and 7's songs
    • Anonymous
      nope
    • Nick
      It's interesting how all the people saying A6A7 is way better than Something Else are all anonymous.
    • fronter
      Welcome to Strangeland was better than 6's and 7's in my opinion.
  • Leah G. Smead
    I accept that my best friend was actually earning money in their spare time on their apple laptop.. there uncle started doing this 4 only about twenty one months and as of now repayed the loans on there place and got a top of the range Chevrolet. I went here, WWW.CAN99.Com Jay Z is soooo ignorant, he cant even finish a sentence without "you know"
  • Anonymous
    Well this is how it happened. I reached out to my lucifarian friend Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. Then we sacrificed some animals, had gay sex, and went to the studio! Man I love working for satan and 666! -Tech N9ne Such a POS!
    • Anon
      Your a fucking idiot
  • Anonymous
    tech n9ne about to sell over twice what Rich Gang did first week LMAO!!!!
    • Anonymous
      he will also be outselling Ace Wood, Tyga Wood and Flop Montana's first week sales!!!!!
    • Ethel170262
      just before I looked at the draft of $8664, I have faith that my mother in law woz realey earning money in there spare time from their laptop.. there dads buddy had bean doing this for less than 20 months and as of now repayed the dept on their apartment and bourt a top of the range Peugeot 205 GTi. read more at, ------> Green37(dot)COM
    • Anonymous
      cuz hip hop changing
    • Anonymous
      for the better
  • Anon
    Tech N9ne is a better lyricist than Eminem..
    • Anonymous
      but who make better songs
    • TaZzZ
      In the last 8 years and over they're whole career? Tech.... Em has him 200-2005, after that there's no comparison
  • Anonymous
    best track i've heard since a long time kendrick verse was dope
    • Ethel170262
      just before I looked at the draft of $8664, I have faith that my mother in law woz realey earning money in there spare time from their laptop.. there dads buddy had bean doing this for less than 20 months and as of now repayed the dept on their apartment and bourt a top of the range Peugeot 205 GTi ------> Green37(dot)COM
    • Anonymous
      stop over hypeing tech album its like gkmc again
    • Anonymous
      bitch fuck it if you don't like the album don't stop by this article to express your disagreement with the ones who dig it fuckin faggot
    • Anonymous
      ^^^ the album sucks