Tech N9ne Lists Kendrick Lamar Among His Top 9 Emcees

posted Friday October 18 ,2013 at 11:30AM CDT | 171 comments

Tech N9ne Lists Kendrick Lamar Among His Top 9 Emcees

Tech N9ne lists his Top 9 emcees, "dead or alive."

Tech N9ne was recently asked to list his Top 9 emcees, including all rappers whether they are dead or alive. 

"Eminem is in there," Tech N9ne said during the interview with Columbus, Ohio radio station Power 107.5. "Tech N9ne is in there. Tupac is in there. The Notorious B.I.G. is in there. Big L is in there. Nas is in there. Jay Z is in there. Kendrick Lamar is in there. And one more. Let's see. It's gotta be somebody good, man."

After a pensive moment, Tech N9ne said the ninth slot would be decided between two emcees. 

"It's between KRS-One and Rakim," Tech said. "Aw, man. I wish it was 10, man. Then I'd be perfect, but 9. I'ma say KRS-One. He did things that made me want to rap. I've been in the crowd when he did 'The Bridge is Over.' I've been in the crowd when Prince used to have Glam Slam down in downtown L.A. back in the day, back in like '93, I was in the crowd. I've been right there with BDP. Rest in peace, Scott La Rock. I'm a humungous fan. Not taking nothing away from Rakim because I'm a humungous fan as well, but I'll say KRS-One for my 9."

Kendrick Lamar is the youngest rapper mentioned by Tech N9ne in the list. Tech has been a supporter of Kendrick Lamar, most recently featuring the Compton, California emcee on a "Fragile," a song off his 2013 album, Something Else. In August, Tech N9ne praised Kendrick Lamar for his verse on Big Sean's "Control." 

“My reaction was, ‘Yeah, nigga. Wake these motherfuckers up,’” Tech N9ne said during an August interview with MONTREALITY. “Everybody’s so lazy, man. I always raise my bar. My bar is always raised, every album. ‘He’s A Mental Giant’ to ‘So Dope’ or whatever you listen to that Tech N9ne is technical. It’s always pushing my peers to go even harder when they do a song with me, so for Kendrick to take it a step further, say names and shit, is really waking niggas up and if anybody got a problem with my lil homie, I got his back. Sorry and shit. Let’s go.”

Tech N9ne, who named himself as part of his Top 9 emcees, recently spoke with HipHopDX about feeling immortal as an artist.

"I'm feeling more and more like Dracula everyday," Tech N9ne said in an exclusive interview with HipHopDX in June. "He's supposed to be immortal. He's been here for centuries. It seems like in the Hip Hop game, I feel like Dracula because I've been here for the rise and fall of a lot of major emcees and I'm still on the incline. It feels like every time I look in the mirror, every year I get older, but I've started looking like I'm in my 20s. They call me 'Alucard,' Dracula backwards because it's like I'll be here [forever]. Since I've been rapping, I've seen so many emcees come and go and I've been rapping just as long and I keep on having new life every time I do an album. Why wouldn't I feel immortal? "

Tech N9ne's interview with Power 107.5 can be viewed below.

RELATED: Tech N9ne Feels "Immortal," Compares Himself To Dracula

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  • Metalhead who's getting into Rap
    This list may seem stupid, as I'm just getting into Rap, but, here're the ones I've listened to, and actually liked. 1. Hopsin 2. Macklemore 3. Tech N9ne 4. Eminem 5. Snoop Dogg 6. Kendrick Lamar
  • 6
    The 5 Most Overrated MCs In This Stories Comments: 1. Jay Z (The most overrated MC of all time.) 2. Tupac (Thug idiot praised for nothing.) 3. Ice Cube (Lyrically innept wannabe gangster racist.) 4. Immortal Tech (Pseudo intellectual conspiracy theorist and expert on historical fiction.) 5. Snoop (Pothead moron.)
  • hoppa
    THE true top 5 GOAT: 1. Rakim 2. Notorious BIG 3. Nas 4. Eminem 5. Big L
  • Andre.CO
    Top 10, no order Rakim Eminem Nas Jay Z Black Thought Kool G Rap KRS-One Big L 2Pac Biggie
  • cracked
    DMX Big l Jadakiss Ransom Joe Budden Papoose cassidy camron Vado
  • UK Nu
    1) Jay-Z 2) Nas 3) DMX 4) Eminem 5) The Notorious B.I.G. 6) 2Pac 7) Big Pun 8) KRS-One 9) Ice Cube 10) Method Man
  • Anonymous
    miley cyrus is on top of the game right now.
  • Anonymous
    Top 10 dead or alive 1 - Rakim 2 - Kool G Rap 3 - Ice Cube 4 - KRS-One 5 - Scarface 6 - Chuck D 7 - Melle Mel 8 - Big Daddy Kane 9 - Nas 10 - 2Pac
  • please stfu^
    Top 10, dead or alive 1) Nas 2) Tupac 3) Biggie 4) Big L 5) Krs one 6) Rakim 7) Kool G rap 8) Andre 3000 9) Scarface 10)Ghostface killah
  • please stfu^
    ARE YOU F#$KING KIDDING ME RIGHT NOW? DRAKE? 40, boi 1da, mike zombie and T-minus are keeping that dudes career on life support, reconsider your life decisions.
  • Anonymous
    tech dick rides mainstream artist so hard
  • Anonymous
    LAST TIME PEOPLE WERE CALLING A RECENT RAPPER ONE OF THE GOATS WAS WHEN EMINEM CAME OUT WHEN THAT HAPPENS, YOU KNOW THEY'RE SOMETHING SPECIAL
  • jack0
    1.mac miller 2.kendrick lamar 3.eminem 4.50 cent 5.j.cole 6.dr dre 7.nas 8.ice cube 9.tupac 10.biggie
  • Drake Til Infinity
    Best Rappers: 1. Drake 2. The Game 3. Big Pun 4. LL Cool J 5. Dizzee Rascal 6. Kool G Rap 7. Cam'ron 8. Kendrick Lamar 9. Nas
    • please stfu^
      The fact Drake and Dizzee rascal have made your list in those positions or are even on that list at all shows you have VERY LITTLE hiphop knowledge.
    • Anonymous
      turrible list
    • Anonymous
      one of the worst list i ever saw you messed it up when you put drake in there & especially at #1
  • assdad
    1. Eminem 2. Tech N9ne 3. Big L 4. Nas 5. Big Punisher 6. Notorious B.I.G 7. Jay Z 8. Hopsin 9. too many to name
  • Anonymous
    1. Ja Rule 2. Ja Rule 3. Ja Rule 4. Ja Rule 5. Ja Rule 6. Ja Rule 7. Ja Rule 8. Ja Rule 9. Jeffrey Atkins
    • Eponymous
      FIRST LEGIT LIST I'VE SEEN, THE REST OF YOU BITCHES NEED TO STEP UP YOUR GAME.
    • Anonymous
      Rule fuckin' Talk #RULETALK #FUCKFAME
  • egrerg
    1. lil wayne 2. nas 3. drake 4. waka flocka 5. young jeezy 6. mf doom 7. future 8. black thought 9. kool g rap 10. snoop dogg
    • Anonymous
      mf dooom? lol
    • Anonymous
      lil wayne, drake, waka in the same list as NAS? #killyaself
    • Quin
      Really drake, wayne,waka, jeezy on your list compare to rappers like nas wtf ????
  • me
    krs one is nice but i'm not with his ego.
    • Anonymous
      krsone think the best lyricist. these days, you got ringtone rappers with epic egos
    • Anonymous
      @anon i dont know about him thinking hes actually the best lyracist, i think he feels hes an elite lyricist, but i think its more so about the fact not only himself, but tns of other "undergound" rappers are far more lyrical and skillful than the dudes that are on the radio and selling the most albums.
    • Anonymous
      Plus Nelly punked him and sent him into early retirement.
  • me
    Cool g rap rakim big daddy kane big pun eminem nas big l black thought royce da 5'9
  • ETK
    My question is why do people hate JayZ? I respect you if you just don't like his music. But some people call him a sellout? why is it that so many blacks will only celebrate you as long as you dont get too much success? I'll tell you. because those of us who think that way are the REAL enemy. you allow someone to program the idea in your head that blacks can't be but so successful before they are considered a sell-out. it's like a tax bracket. you good until you pass a certain success level. then you are a sell-out. Yall don't even realize that this is a slave mentality. I've never seen a white person call Eminem a sellout lol
    • Anonymous
      Kurupt's 'The streetz is a mutha' Best album of all time
    • Anonymous
      ^ LOL
  • Nick T
    Top 10 MCs dead or alive: 2pac Ice Cube Nas Jay-Z Eminem DMX Big Pun Big L Andre 3k Big Boi
    • Anonymous
      Ice Cube 2nd but no Kurupt on the list? Guess you missed what was going on in the west coast in the 90's?
    • Nick T
      Cube is 10x better than Kurupt!
  • Anonymous
    Kurupt Tupac Snoop WC Ice Cube Warren G Xzibit Crooked I DJ Quick
    • Proud Bronx Ninja
      Fuck you and your precious West Coast
  • Drew613
    Can't believe all these list's without Kurupt .. he's to Gangsta for this shit anyway http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-O-2HtoGh-c 'just bought me a Cadillac last week with a new bitch since my old bitch tweaked'.
  • BASED
    Lil B >>>>>>> every rapper.
    • Anonymous
      Kurupt .. Lil B ... every other rapper
  • Anonymous
    1. Eminem 2. Kurupt 3. Pac 4. Nas 5. Jay 6. Big 7. Redman 8. Method Man 9. KRS-One Admit it .. My list is on Fire
    • Dylan
      You got 1-5 wrong though... 1. Dylan 2. Dylan 3. Dylan 4. Dylan 5. Dylan
    • Anonymous
      1. Dylan 2. Dylan 3. Dylan 4. Dylan's Mom