Label: Strange Music, Inc.
"I'm gonna be the first rapper to cross over to black folks," brags Tech N9ne on "B.I.T.C.H." And there's no better sign than a surprise vocal from Beyonce on "Believe," a tribute to humanity's diversity that underlines this concept on the elements of life -- fire, water and earth. Sprawling over an hour-plus running time, he demonstrates the full spectrum of his artistry, from rap-rock ("Straight out the Gate" with Serj Tankian) to cipher-killing ("Fragile" with Kendrick Lamar) and autobiography ("I'm Not a Saint"). Mainstream ambition hasn't tamed him; at heart, he's still an iconoclast.