Tech N9ne
Tech N9ne

Birth name

Aaron Dontez Yates


8 November 1971 (age 44)
Kansas City, Missouri, United States


Hip hop



Years active



Strange Music, RBC, Interscope, Qwest, Perspective A&M, Warner Bros.

Associated acts

Big Scoob, Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, The Regime

Aaron Dontez Yates (born 8 November 1971), better known by his stage name Tech N9ne, is an American rapper from Kansas City, Missouri. In 1999, N9ne and business partner Travis O'Guin founded the record label Strange Music. He has sold over two million albums and has had his music featured in film, television and video games. 

His stage name originated from the TEC-9 semi-automatic handgun, and was given to him by rapper Black Walt due to his fast-rhyming Chopper style. Yates later applied a deeper meaning to the name, claiming that it stands for the complete technique of rhyme, with "tech" meaning technique and "nine" representing the number of completion.


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