Aaron Dontez Yates (born November 8, 1971), better known by his stage name Tech N9ne, is a chopper-style rapper from Kansas City, Missouri. He has been rapping since 1985 and during the 90's, he was in the hip-hop group Nnutthowze.
In 2000, Tech N9ne, along with Travis O'Guin, founded Strange Music, Inc, the independent record label currently owned by Tech and co-owned by O'Guin. Strange Music currently has 12 artists on its roster.
In 2006, he independently released his album Everready (The Religion), which to date is considered by many to be his best work.
Music videos of the artist.
Tech N9ne is the most successful independent rapper of all time. He has sold over 2 million copies independently. In 2010, it was confirmed that his record label, Strange Music, is worth about $68 million (album sales, tours, merchandise, etc.)