Welcome to Strangeland

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Welcome to Strangeland
Studio album by Tech N9ne
Released November 8, 2011[1]
Recorded 2011
Genre Hip hop
Length 65:43
Label Strange Music
Producer Seven, Jomeezius The Genius, David Sanders II, Plex Luthor of ¡Mayday!, Beats 4 Days LLC
Tech N9ne chronology
All 6's and 7's
(2011)
Welcome to Strangeland
(2011)
Klusterfuk
(2012)
Tech N9ne Collabos chronology
The Gates Mixed Plate
(2010)
Welcome to Strangeland
(2011)
Strangeulation
(2014)
Singles from Welcome to Strangeland
  1. "The Noose"
    Released: October 13, 2011
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
RapReviews (7.5/10)[3]

Welcome to Strangeland is the twelfth studio album, and the fourth in the "Collabos" series, by rapper Tech N9ne. It was released on November 8, 2011, the rapper's 40th birthday.

Background[edit]

In April 2011, Tech N9ne spoke about the album in an interview with 411mania.com. In the interview he said that the album would strictly feature everyone on the Strange Music label, only expanding to closely affiliated artists such as Irv Da Phenom and Ces Cru.[4] Then in August 2011, Tech announced through Twitter that he was about to begin work on Strangeland and that producers would include Seven, Jomeezius The Genius, David Sanders II and ¡Mayday!. He also said that the album would most likely feature 18 tracks.[5]

On August 11, 2011, Tech N9ne posted an image on Twitter revealing a track called "Kocky" and featuring Kutt Calhoun and Jay Rock.[6] On August 31, 2011, it was confirmed through a blog post that the album would be titled "Welcome to Strangeland" and that the release date was scheduled for November 8, 2011.[7]

It was also confirmed that there would be a collaboration between Tech and Prozak, who is a current member of Strange Music and collaborated with Tech on 2009's K.O.D..[8]

The album was made available for pre-order from Strange Music's online store on September 9, 2011. The cover was revealed with the pre-order. When pre-ordered, the album came with a download of "Beautiful Music." It also confirmed several features on the album including Stevie Stone, ¡Mayday!, Brotha Lynch Hung, Young Bleed, Krizz Kaliko and Kutt Calhoun. [9]

On September 14, 2011, Tech mentioned on Twitter a collaboration between Prozak and Brotha Lynch Hung on a track called "My Favorite" as well as a song with Young Bleed titled "Come Dirty". He also confirmed earlier in the day that he had completed recording music for the album.

In an interview with Jomeezius The Genius, he confirmed that he produced a total of 6 tracks for the album and that 4 of them will definitely be on it.[10]

On October 13, Tech released the song "The Noose" featuring ¡Mayday!. Then on October 24, he released the song "Unfair". A Behind the Scenes film was also released on October 24 for the music video "Who Do I Catch." Several days later, Tech premiered the track "Slave."

The first music video for the album, "Who Do I Catch" which was directed by Dan Gedman of Liquid 9, premiered on XXLMag.com on November 5, 2011.

A deluxe edition of the album was made available from Best Buy that contained 3 bonus tracks ("I Need A Drink", "The Real Thing" and "EMJ") and a new Strangeland pendant. A deluxe edition was also made available through iTunes which contained the three bonus tracks available from Best Buy, and an additional bonus track ("Road Rage").

Commercial Performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 21 on the Billboard 200 with 26,000 copies sold in its first week.[11]

Track listing[edit]

Confirmed by HipHopDX[12]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Stars"   Aaron D. Yates, Samuel Watson, Michael Summers Seven 3:46
2. "Welcome to Strangeland" (featuring Krizz Kaliko) Yates, Watson, Jomar Dogué Jomeezius The Genius 2:58
3. "Unfair" (featuring Ces Cru & Krizz Kaliko) Yates, Watson, Mike S. Viglione, Donnie H. King, Summers Seven 5:14
4. "Kocky" (featuring Jay Rock & Kutt Calhoun) Yates, Melvin Calhoun, Jr., Johnny McKinzie, Watson, David Sanders II David Sanders II 4:15
5. "Who Do I Catch"   Yates, Summers Seven 4:18
6. "My Favorite" (featuring Brotha Lynch Hung & Prozak) Yates, Steven T. Shippy, Kevin Mann, Watson, Dogué Jomeezius The Genius 4:20
7. "Retrogression" (featuring ¡Mayday!) Yates, Benardo Garcia, Benjamin Miller, Aaron Eckhart Plex Luthor 4:14
8. "Bang Out" (featuring 816 Boyz) Yates, Watson, Calhoun, Jr., Makzilla Marquis Queen, Summers Seven 4:39
9. "Beautiful Music"   Yates, Watson, Dogué Jomeezius The Genius 4:13
10. "Won't You Come Dirty" (featuring Stevie Stone & Young Bleed) Yates, Glenn R. Clifton, Jr., Stephen Williams, Watson, Dogué Jomeezius The Genius 3:48
11. "Sad Circus" (featuring Brotha Lynch Hung & Courtney Kuhnz) Yates, Mann, Summers Seven 3:47
12. "The Noose" (featuring ¡Mayday!) Yates, Garcia, Miller, Eckhart Plex Luthor 4:59
13. "Slave" (featuring Krizz Kaliko & Kutt Calhoun) Yates, Watson, Calhoun, Jr., Summers Seven 4:35
14. "Overwhelming" (featuring Jay Da 3rd) Yates, Joe Foutain, Steven Brown Beats 4 Days LLC 5:41
15. "Gods" (featuring Krizz Kaliko & Kutt Calhoun) Yates, Watson, Calhoun, Jr., Summers Seven 5:02
Total length:
65:43
Best Buy Deluxe Edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
16. "I Need A Drink"   Yates, Summers Seven 2:18
17. "The Real Thing" (featuring Liz Suwandi) Yates, Liz Suwandi, Summers Seven 3:06
18. "EMJ" (featuring Irv da Phenom, Kutt Calhoun, ¡Mayday!, Stevie Stone, Jay Rock, Krizz Kaliko & Magnum PI) Yates, Mitchell Irving, Jr., Calhoun, Jr., Garcia, Miller, Williams, McKinzie, King Harris, Watson, Summers Seven 6:41
iTunes Deluxe Edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
19. "Road Rage" (featuring Irv da Phenom)   Seven 3:01

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