Tech N9ne features the song “Public School” on his Therapy Sessions With Ross Robinson EP that was released today (November 5). On the song, the Kansas City rapper discusses how he was disappointed with his educational experience growing up.
“It's a song that's bitter about my education back then,” Tech N9ne says during an exclusive interview with HipHopDX. “Now keep in mind that I'm the #1 independent rapper, they say. So I did this with the education I have, business savvy and everything. But I'm just thinking, what would I have been with a bit more information? I could talk to way more people. When I went to France, I couldn't speak. Motherfuckers had French in school. I didn't have it. They rather give me an hour and something in gym. I skipped it and fucked. I did, in the hallways, in the little stairwells. I skipped it, every day and fucked. I could have been doing other things, and that's what ‘Public School’ is about, is me being bitter about some of my teachers, because education is the key to everything, to unlock any door. That's what I think.”
Tech N9ne says that people were giving him positive experience about “Public School” as soon as it was released last week.
“People are saying, ‘My teachers wasn't shit too, Tech,’” Tech N9ne says. “That makes me feel good, like other people feel that. That makes me feel like that there are seekers of information, seekers of education. That's what we need. But I say ‘we,’ I say ‘we people.’ I don't mean no color or nothing. I mean us as human beings, thinkers.”
As Tech N9ne grew as a person and began traveling, he says his quest for knowledge has intensified.
“I had to get this off of my chest because what I realized, as I got older, that education is the key to everything,” Tech N9ne says. “With more education, you can talk to more people. I stole the education when I was school. I said [in 'Public School' that] most of my teachers didn't teach me shit. I didn't say all of them, but the motherfuckers that want to give me home economics and they want to give me gym, I'm not athletic, well I am on stage, but that's neither here nor there. They want to give me wood shop class when I wanted psychology, at least. When I wanted a foreign language, I wanted some German, I wanted some French, I wanted some Spanish, information I needed, that if they would have pushed harder, I would have known so much more. This day now, I am a smart man, but I could be so much more dangerous with so much more information. And I'm forever seeking information, so it's becoming more and more lethal by the day. But if I would have learned more back then, I think I'd be even bigger now.”
Given his frustration with his public school experience, Tech N9ne says that he’s glad he wrote “Public School.”
“I got it out of me,” Tech N9ne says. “I write music. Music is my therapy. So me thinking that all the time, will eat me alive. I get it out, then I get to share with people.”
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