Killer (Tech N9ne album)

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Killer
Studio album by Tech N9ne
Released July 1, 2008 (2008-07-01)
Recorded January 15, 2008 (2008-01-15)[1][2] - March 27, 2008 (2008-03-27)[2]
Genre Hip hop
Length 62:52 (Disc 1)
64:31 (Disc 2)
127:23 (Total)
Label Strange Music
Producer David Sanders II, Matic Lee, Seven, Wyshmaster, Young Fyre
Tech N9ne chronology
Misery Loves Kompany
(2007)
Killer
(2008)
Sickology 101
(2009)
Singles from Killer
  1. "Everybody Move"
    Released: June 3, 2008 (2008-06-03)[3]
  2. "Like Yeah"
    Released: October 3, 2008 (2008-10-03)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
ARTISTdirect 4/5 stars 2008
HipHopDX 3.5/5 stars 2008
IGN (8.6/10) 2008
Kansas City Star 4/5 stars 2008
Metromix 4/5 stars 2008
The Pitch (favorable) 2008
RapReviews (8.5/10) 2008
Rhapsody (favorable) 2008
URB 3/5 stars 2008

Killer is the seventh studio album by rapper Tech N9ne.[4] Killer's album cover pays homage to Michael Jackson’s iconic "Thriller" album cover. With Killer, Tech N9ne has SoundScanned his 1 millionth album independently.[5]

This album was the first album Tech N9ne recorded as a double disc release, containing 32 tracks. (Everready (The Religion) contained two discs, however the second disc was marketed as a bonus disc and not a part of the album itself.)[2] Guests who were featured on the album include Paul Wall, Scarface, Shawnna, Brother J of X-Clan, Mistah F.A.B., Kottonmouth Kings, Hed PE, Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, Skatterman & Snug Brim, BG Bulletwound, Mr. Stinky, Liquid Assassin of Grave Plott, and Ice Cube. While Brotha Lynch Hung was confirmed to be a guest on the album early on, he would be absent from the album in the end.[1] It was later revealed that Brotha Lynch Hung was supposed to be on Psycho Bitch II, but he would have been unable to get his verse back to Tech in time, thus he did not appear.[6] He was instead replaced by Grave Plott's Liquid Assassin.

It features production by producers that have previously collaborated with Tech like Michael "Seven" Summers and David Sanders II, as well as new collaborations such as with Tramaine "YoungFyre" Winfrey, Jonah "Matic Lee" Appleby and Adam "Wyshmaster" Cherrington.

On October 3rd, 2008, the music video for "Like Yeah" premiered on MTVU.com. The video was directed by Estevan Oriol and featured several cameos such as the songs producer Young Fyre, fellow label mates Krizz Kaliko and Kutt Calhoun, actor Danny Trejo, as well as artists Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E., C-Bo, Glasses Malone, Krondon and Skinhead Rob.[7]

The album debuted at #12 on the Billboard 200 with 36,199 copies sold in its first week.[8]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Dr. Frazier's Office (Intro Skit)"   A. Yates Robert Rebeck 01:21
2. "Like Yeah"   A. Yates, S. Watson Young Fyre 04:19
3. "Wheaties" (featuring Shawnna) A. Yates, R. Guy Young Fyre 04:09
4. "Everybody Move"   A. Yates, S. Watson Wyshmaster 03:38
5. "Get the Fuck Outta Here" (featuring The Popper & Paul Wall) A. Yates, M. Queen, P. Slayton, W. Edwin Wyshmaster 04:28
6. "The Waitress"   A. Yates Wyshmaster 04:09
7. "Crybaby"   A. Yates Seven 04:36
8. "Shit Is Real"   A. Yates, J. Canty, S. Watson Matic Lee 03:43
9. "Blackboy" (featuring Brother J, Ice Cube & Krizz Kaliko) A. Yates, J. Hunter, O. Jackson, S. Watson Seven, Krizz Kaliko 04:46
10. "Pillow Talkin'" (featuring Scarface) A. Yates, B. Jordan, S. Watson Wyshmaster 03:43
Begin: The Dark Side
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
11. "Paint a Dark Picture" (featuring The Dirtball) A. Yates, D. Alexander Seven 04:39
12. "Hope for a Higher Power"   A. Yates Seven 05:57
13. "Worst Case Scenario (Skit)" (featuring Krizz Kaliko & Scenario) A. Yates, B. Fraser Seven, Robert Rebeck, Krizz Kaliko 01:51
14. "Psycho Bitch II" (featuring Liquid Assassin) A. Yates, C. Toombs, R. Rebeck Robert Rebeck 05:48
15. "Poisonous" (featuring Liz Suwandi) A. Yates, L. Suwandi Seven 02:42
16. "Too Much" (featuring Kutt Calhoun) A. Yates, M. Calhoun, S. Watson Aaron Bradley 03:03
End: The Dark Side
Total length: 62:52

Disc two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "I Love You But Fuck You"   A. Yates, M. Queen David Sanders II 05:23
2. "One Good Time"   A. Yates Matic Lee 04:29
3. "Drill Team" (featuring BG Bulletwound, Krizz Kaliko & Snug Brim) A. Henderson, A. Yates, B. Fraser, G. Roland, S. Watson David Sanders II 05:16
4. "Beat You Up" (featuring Big Scoob, Lebowski & The Weapon) A. Yates, D. Edwin, P. Jones, S. Ashby David Sanders II 05:13
5. "Let's Go" (featuring Kutt Calhoun & Mistah F.A.B.) A. Yates, M. Calhoun, S. Cox David Sanders II 03:25
6. "Why You Ain't Call Me"   A. Yates Elmo 04:31
Begin: The Sextion
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
7. "Seven Words" (featuring Krizz Kaliko & Skatterman) A. Yates, S. Landis, S. Watson Seven 04:51
8. "The Sexorcist (Infomercial)" (featuring Krizz Kaliko) A. Yates, S. Watson Seven 03:40
9. "Killa Call (Skit)" (featuring Killa C) A. Yates Tech N9ne 00:32
10. "Enjoy" (featuring Bosko & Krizz Kaliko) A. Yates, B. Kante, S. Watson Wyshmaster 04:05
11. "Elbow Macaroni (Skit)"   A. Yates Tech N9ne, Makzilla 01:30
12. "I Am Everything" (featuring Hed PE & Kottonmouth Kings) A. Yates, B. Xavier, D. Miller, P. Gomes, T. McNutt Underrated, Aaron Abeyta 03:35
End: The Sextion
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
13. "Happy Ending"   A. Yates Seven 04:44
14. "Can't Shake It" (featuring Krizz Kaliko & Robert Rebeck) A. Yates, S. Watson Tyler Reynolds 03:38
15. "Holier Than Thou" (featuring Krizz Kaliko & Strange Lane Choir) A. Yates, S. Watson Young Fyre 05:23
16. "Last Words"   A. Yates, S. Watson Seven 04:14
Total length: 64:31

Bonus tracks[6][edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Get Your Attention" (featuring Gina McFadden & Krizz Kaliko) (Leftover) Young Fyre 03:49
2. "Killer" (featuring Krizz Kaliko) (Strange Music Online Store Pre-Order Bonus Track)   03:26
3. "Smoke Sumting" (featuring Krizz Kaliko) (Appeared on early sampler)   04:35

Samples[edit]

Psycho Bitch II

Last Words

Paint a Dark Picture

  • "Tales From the Darkside opening"

Hope For a Higher Power

  • Jim Jones's last speech at Jonestown (November 18, 1978). The audio was sampled from the cassette taped recovered by FBI agents in Jonestown, Guyana after the mass suicide. It is nicknamed the 'Jonestown Deathtape' (FBI No. Q 042).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Black Widow (2008-04-04). "Tech N9ne - Shock Value". Archived from the original on 2008-04-08. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  2. ^ a b c Tech N9ne in the 94-9 Jamz Studio 1 (Flash). Event occurs at 4:58-05:17. Retrieved 2008-04-06. I started January 15th on Killer and I did 32 tracks, it's a double CD man, you know what I mean... that's 32 tracks man, I did it, I started January 15th and I ended it the day before the tour started... 
  3. ^ "iTunes Store: Everybody Move - Single". iTunes. 2008-06-03. Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  4. ^ Upcoming Strange Music Albums
  5. ^ Bottom of page above Tour Info
  6. ^ a b Etminan, Nima (2008-07-17). "DubCNN - Tech N9ne Interview (Part 1)". Retrieved 2008-07-31. 
  7. ^ "Tech N9ne - Like Yeah Video". MTV. 2008-10-03. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  8. ^ http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.7280/title.hip-hop-album-sales-week-ending-7-6-08