Tech N9ne says Eminem is the best rapper in the industry.
"Eminem is a complete emcee to me," Tech N9ne says in an interview XXL. "He’s a complete emcee, man. Not everybody lets you in. I’m one of the ones that lets you in. Personal life and everything. There’s no personal stuff about him because he’s the most lyric flipping motherfucker in the world like he is. But he has substance, as well. I really like that. I really like people that can let people in.
"I told that to Slaughterhouse when they first got their [Shady Records] deal," Tech adds. "'Everybody knows y’all master rappers. It’s cool that you have that on there. But let people in. That’s how you gain fans. That’s something that never goes away.' That’s why Eminem is just humongous, because he has talent. He has rhythm. He has substance and he has flow like no other. There’s other fucking murderous emcees out of there. Don’t get me wrong. Joell [Ortiz] is a murderer. Crooked I is a murderer. Twista is a murderer. Same as Busta. Eminem is at the top of his game when it comes to patterns, when it comes to wordplay. When it comes to substance. That’s some hella competition, boy. Friendly competition, but hella."
Tech N9ne says he enjoys listening to the Shady Records head and others for inspiration.
"That’s what I go buy," he says. "I gotta go buy the hardest niggas to push myself harder," he says. "I obviously see what Eminem and [Dr.] Dre and them be doing because I want my shit to measure up to that. I feel like that’s my lane. I feel like that’s where I should be doing music at that level. Eventually, I’ma be doing music with them niggas. Straight up. Even if it's just a collabo, you know what I am saying? ‘Cause I know I am dope enough to do it. I know I got a lot of substance, motherfucker. There’s nobody that sounds like me. I met all the qualifications."
In November 2013, Tech N9ne addressed hopes to collaborate with Em again. The two appeared together in 1999 on Sway & King Tech's "The Anthem," a song that also features RZA, Chino XL and Jayo Felony, among others.
"I'd like to work with Eminem," N9ne said. "Just me and him on a song, 'cause I think he's one of the dopest rappers out there, and I wanna hear how I sound next to one of the dopest motherfuckers I've heard. I've worked with some of his homies, Proof, Slaughterhouse, D12, all of 'em. He's the only one left. Even Yelawolf. I worked with all them mothafuckers. He's the only one left."
Tech N9ne released Collabos: Strangeulation yesterday (May 6).