The Gates Mixed Plate
Label: Strange Music
The Gates Mixed Plate, Tech N9ne's album of collaborations with Kansas City strivers and guest stars like Devin the Dude and Yukmouth, resembles Lil Wayne's We Are Young Money blowout. Both discs eschew its hosts' brashly innovative rhymes in favor of uncensored peeks into the rap life, from raucous parties ("Afterparty Girls") to an enthusiastic endorsement of Hennessey ("KC Tea"). "Y'all want the madness/ But I want to just kick it sometimes," he declares on "Harvey Dent." Newcomers looking for classic Tech N9ne should check out past horrorcore epics like Anghellic.