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All 6’s and 7’s by Tech N9ne Album Review
By 6xPlatinum

Released 7 June 2011
76:31 in length

1.) The Pledge (Intro)
2.) Technicians —— 4.75/5
3.) Military (Skit)
4.) Am I a Psycho? —— 4/5
5.) He’s a Mental Giant —— 5/5
6.) Worldwide Choppers —— 4.25/5
7.) We Miss You Man (Skit)
8.) I Love Music —— 3.5/5
9.) Strangeland —— 4.25/5
10.) Call From Richie (Skit)
11.) The Boogieman —— 4.5/5
12.) Cult Leader —— 5/5
13.) Call From KC Poet Camile (Skit)
14.) Fuck Food —— 4/5
15.) Overtime —— 3.75/5
16.) Pornographic —— 4.25/5
17.) You Owe Like Pookie —— 4.25/5
18.) Delusional —— 4.75/5
19.) So Lonely —— 4.5/5
20.) If I Could —— 4.25/5
21.) Angry Caller (Skit)
22.) Love Me Tomorrow —— 3.75/5
23.) Mama Nem —— 4.25/5
24.) Promiseland —— 4.5/5


In standard album fashion, All 6’s and 7’s opens with an intro, The Pledge. But what it does is perfect – it sets the mood for the entire album. It begins with a sample of someone counting up from number one, and when it comes to number seven, it seems to get stuck and then repeat six and seven a few times and then leads into a “pledge”. The album as a whole seems to have a focal point of Tech being a leader in, at times, a post-apocalyptic world. This “pledge” is what his followers, or troops, or Technicians, apparently go by. The pledge reads:

“Together we are a powerful force; as one mind, body and soul.
Let no evil enter nor attempt to reduce us because of the beliefs
we hold. And with this love, combined with our strength, we ward
off pain and stress. Technician I am – wholeheartedly in life and
in death.”

With The Pledge setting the tone for some sort of military, cult feel, Technicians is the perfect follow up. Not only does it fit the exact feeling that the intro provides, but the song on its own is genuinely good. The chorus is very intense with the 300-esque “Ahoo-ahoo!” behind Tech’s words. An extremely catchy chorus with verses littered with technical skill and imagery from Tech, this song is easily one of the best on the album. It is very well done and a perfect way to start the album.


Following the “recruit” song is another fitting skit, Military that has multiple people chanting Tech’s pledge, featured in the album’s intro, The Pledge.


Am I a Psycho? has a more relaxed beat, yet another catchy chorus and features from B.o.B. and very fitting rapper Hopsin. Each rapper’s verses are above average in quality, all having content that is shocking and goes along with the psychotic theme. Hopsin’s verse stands out just a touch above Tech’s, both very good however. B.o.B.’s verse is apparently a “response” to Tyler, the Creator’s Yonkers. If it’s a “diss” then it’s not very apparent or clear. The chorus is the only thing holding the song back from being anything more than above average. Cool fact: B.o.B. produced the track.

Fifth on the album is a killer track. He’s a Mental Giant is an excellent example of Tech’s technical ability, sense of humor, flow and lyricism. The song has an awesome chorus, an awesome beat, awesome verses and I love what he’s saying. It’s apparent that Tech N9ne is cocky, but I can’t blame him. This is an incredibly good song. He changes the pace of the song numerous times and does it to perfection. I love this fucking song.

Definitely one of the most talked about songs on the album, Worldwide Choppers with features from (deep breath), Busta Rhymes, Ceza, D-Loc, JL of B. Hood, Twista, Twisted Insane, U$O, and Yelawolf. It features versus from rappers all over the globe, before each verse is an automated voice over saying the rappers hometown and the rappers from other countries even go to town with their respective languages. Each rapper is obviously fast, pinnacled by Twista and Twisted Insane. The beat is mediocre at best, but I don’t know that a good beat is entirely necessary when the rappers’ speed is the entire point of the song. The idea of the song is really cool and the fact that Tech managed to get some rappers from other countries to get on the track shows that he wasn’t settling. But in the end, there’s something missing from it (for me); the lack of a specific lyrical theme could be it. Busta’s verse is worth mentioning, specifically the part we he pretends to stutter at full speed – I thought it was damned good.


We Miss You Man is another skit, it sounds like it’s Tech explaining a story while in the vocal booth, it’s funny to him, a little funny to the average listener, but definitely just some filler. No hate though, I don’t whine about skits.


Transitioning in from the skit comes I Love Music which has features by Oobergeek and the ever eccentric Kendrick Lamar. I personally am not a fan of this particular production. The beat is a little too happy when compared to rest of the album. Kendrick’s verse is the highlight in the song, Tech’s verse is exactly average. With a feature artist as talented as Kendrick, I expected more.

Backed with some production from J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, the ninth track on All 6’s and 7’s is Strangeland. The entire flow of the song is relaxing and the beat is a little eerie when you listen closely. The song’s intro cracks me up every time; it’s cheesy but fitting. Just before the two minute mark, the beat stops and you hear what I think is an interview that has a guy mentioning the Interlude track off of Lil Wayne’s Carter IV – it’s humorous and well placed on Tech’s album, showing that he’s still slept on.


Call from Richie. Another skit that comes in the form of a phone call, the interview referenced in the conversation is in fact really good. You can have some fun searching for it. It’s worth it.


I dig the theme from Boogieman. I dig the beat, a lot. I don’t really dig the vocal effects used throughout. I don’t really dig the extra long hook. Get the lyrics and read along with the song playing, it truly does enhance the song. The lyrics are fucking cool. Featured artists are First Degree D.E. and Stokley Williams of Mint Condition. Minus the chorus, this song has an incredible concept. That the industry, artists included, are afraid of dealing with Tech. His persona, attitude and rapping ability makes artists afraid to work with him. On the song’s description from our website, it seems that the boogieman idea was constructed when Tech N9ne first showed up to work with Lil Wayne, Wayne’s people couldn’t believe that Tech was actually there.

I’ve gotten constant waves of goose bumps numerous times throughout this song. Holy shit does the concept, chorus, beat, and lyrics all get to me. Tech’s flow gets me every time. And motherfuck that hook is bone chilling. Cult Leader is my favorite track on the album. The production is perfect for this song. When the music first starts coming in at the beginning of the tack during the interview, it lets you know that something bad is about to happen. It speeds up and slows down at the perfect times. This track is a homerun. Wikipedia says the hook is sung by Liz Suwandi.


Call from KC Poet Camile — another phone recorded skit. An apparent Tech fan that left a message with a few bars of her own.


When I saw Lil Wayne and T-Pain as the featured artists in Fuck Food, I was a little disappointed. I’d prefer to not have to hear a Wayne verse these days or T-Pain in general. Krizz Kaliko is a staple on a Tech album, so there was no shock there. In the end, the song isn’t all that bad. The production, provided by Seven, is good, Tech’s verse is solid, T-Pain’s hook is good, and even Wayne’s verse was manageable. The topic of the song isn’t one to write home about, I wonder of Tech assumed it was the only subject Wayne was good rapping about.

Keeping up with the light hearted section of the album, we come to Overtime with Krizz Kaliko and Stevie Stone. The beat is good, the hook is good, the verses are good, it’s a very stock Tech track. It’s the middle song of All 6’s and 7’s Sexual Act. Stevie Stone does a pretty good job on his verses, given the pretty basic topic at hand.

Pornographic. It’s as sexual as Tech gets. It’s a pretty fun track, filled with some cheesy lyrics; like “eat ya up like DiGornio”. Features from E-40, Snoop Dogg and as always, Krizz Kaliko. Everyone has a solid verse, though it’s not necessarily difficult rapping about sex. But hey, we did get to learn Tech’s favorite porn start, Nikki Nova (I had never even heard of her). Seven did a good job with the production, it’s very fitting. Several sources claim that Nicki Minaj was supposed to make an appearance on this track, but due to scheduling conflicts, she couldn’t make… ?

As weird as it is, You Owe Like Pookie is a good fucking song. It hits really hard, as of the time wrote this review, Rap Genius didn’t have the lyrics for this particular track, so I won’t link you. The beginning of the song is an obvious reference to the Limp Bizkit song from back in the day, Nookie and the chorus sounds like it could have been recorded by Jonathan Davis of Korn. Tech openly likes metal, so the connection isn’t much of a stretch. Featured artists are label mates Kutt Calhoun and Jay Rock.

Delusional is as dark as they come. The beat is very low key, the vocal patterns are top notch, and the lyrical content is awesome. Here we see Tech questioning himself and how people see him. The track is comes off as genuinely personal and thought through. I couldn’t argue with someone if they said that this was the best track off of 6’s and 7’s. Feature from Nikkiya Brooks.

Tech N9ne knows that his talent is on a higher level than most; usually that is frowned upon, but if that were the case here, we wouldn’t get an outstanding track like this one, So Lonely. Tech is talking about how lonely it is at the top. It’s not a revolutionary topic by any means, but it’s well done all the way around: the beat, the lyrics, the features (Blind Fury & Mackenzie O’Guin), the hook, it’s all good. Its only downside is that is has to follow Delusional, which was on of the album’s standout tracks.

Tech gets pretty personal here. The song is directly dedicated to his significant other. If I Could features a couple of the guys from Deftones. It touches on the topic that he feels bad leaving his family behind every time he tours, but what he’s doing solidifies their lifestyle and their future. It’s yet another good song with some good rock elements to it, given that the song features the Deftones. Tech does a good job at letting the listener know how he’s feeling.


Angry Caller. Pretty funny, Tech has no problem poking fun of himself on this skit.


Love Me Tomorrow starts off with a slower paced beat, which leads into a pretty average paced Tech verse. The subject this time is Tech getting some backlash from his fans for broadening his appeal and doing a track with the likes of Lil Wayne. Featured artist is Big Scoob.

Onto the twenty third track, like the last quarter of the album, Mama Nem is another more personal track from Tech. Seven might not be doing anything mind blowing production wise, but he is on goddamn point. Everything he does for Tech fits so, so, so well. The song itself is rather beautiful. I wouldn’t be putting this one on before I robbed the local 7-11, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t put it on any other time.

And now we’re onto the final song – Promiseland. Tech expresses his love of the beat at the end of it, and for good reason. The song sounds like Tech is doing a victory lap. We get Nikkiya Brooks on the hook. Tech describes his “come up”, from being poor to where he’s at now, and the grind he was on to get there. The beat alone could have been a phenomenal way to end the album, but I suppose I’ll take the verses too.


There are some bonus tracks on various versions of the album worth mentioning.
F.A.N.S. is an incredible track and I would have loved for it to have been on the album. The song explains Tech’s storied career as a rapper and the love and gratitude he has for his fans.

  • Face Paint, I don’t wear any, I’m not much of a fan of ICP, but the song is good and the way Tech explains the meaning behind wearing face paint… It’s pretty cool. I’m still not going to be wearing any.
  • Give it Up is pretty cool, but I understand why it’s just a bonus song and not on the album’s final track listing.
  • Rock and Roll Nigga is fucking awesome. Cheesy as all hell, but as a fan of metal and hip hop myself, the song hits a good one. I’ve never heard another rapper name every member of Rush before. “Fried chicken wings and Coors Light, nigga what?!” – Fantastic.
  • Eenie Meanie Miny Ho — dys shit goez hard. And is pretty funny.
  • This is Hip Hop the beat and content make this an extremely fitting track for the album, why it didn’t make the final cut, I’ll never know. Until I Google it. In ten years.
  • Ya Killin’ Me has some straight serial killer production at the beginning. And then that vibe tapers out and gets a little more average. Another one of the bonus tracks that I understand why it didn’t get put onto the album – still though, not a bad listen.

This motherfucker is LONG. I really did enjoy all of it, and if you’re not liking something on the album, there is plenty more to try out. I’ve slept on Tech N9ne for years. I’ve had Absolute Power on my iPod for quite sometime and I never really gave it a shot. I’ve never been big on the horrorcore/ICP shit before, which is what I had always assumed Tech N9ne was. I now know that I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Tech N9ne has some fucking talent. His flow, technical ability, and lyrical abilities are down right mesmerizing. The content he chooses to use has a pretty wide range, much better than some assclown saying “swag” or “make it rain” a hundred times per record. All 6’s and 7’s is big. It’s dark. It’s good. In my opinion, this album is a must own, Tech N9ne fan or not.

Final Ratings: 77.5/90 = 86% =

4.3/5


Note about the album’s final rating: There are 18 gradable tracks on All 6’s and 7’s, because of the high number, the overall percentage is going to drop. The album’s overall score technically drops because it’s longer. And I’m not a rat bastard that gives every song I like 5/5.

November 3rd, 2011

Same shit as every Tech album. Tech comes nice, but those hard-rocking stomp beats get old fast, a lot of cheesy hooks, and its way too long. Damn, Tech N9ne may be the best MC who has never released a good album.

November 3rd, 2011
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awesome review

November 3rd, 2011

Yet again, 6x swagging it the fuck out with that dope formatting. Only took a month and a half though…. Dope review regardless!

November 3rd, 2011
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I will kill anybody who posts “tl;dr” on this awesome review

November 3rd, 2011

2,564 Words!

This is how you review an album. Take notes, hoes!

Great work, Six Stacks!

November 3rd, 2011
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Discrediting art because it’s too long? Hahaha, this is new.

I guess the Godfather really sucked.

November 3rd, 2011
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Simply amazing.

November 3rd, 2011

GOAT

November 3rd, 2011
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Anyone else got an opinion on the music?

November 4th, 2011
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I thought the album was pretty near perfect, the more I listen to it, the more I appreciate it. I disagree with supermother, it doesn’t get old, and the beat for Worldwide Choppers was perfect for the chopper flow IMO.

Fun fact: Seven sampled this 30’s cartoon for He’s A Mental Giant

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dezvcKMRFt4

(skip to 6:00)

November 5th, 2011
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Also, when you say Tech has an “average verse,” not to be a Tech-Stan, but it’s average for a Tech verse. His flow is still good.

November 5th, 2011
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Yes, definitely! Tech’s average verse is well above other artist’s averages.

November 6th, 2011
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Technicians!

Let’s discuss some tracks in here

December 9th, 2011
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I’ve noticed that strangely enough, Am I A Psycho gets a lot of love from my friends that don’t listen to hip-hop. From classic rock lovers, to hipsters, to my seven year old little sister, they all liked it from the first listen. It’s one of my favorite tracks, and it’s definitely the most fun to rap

December 9th, 2011