Tech N9ne is arguably the best non mainstream rapper to finally break through onto the Billboard 200, positioned at number 4 currently on Rap Album sales and peaking at number 14 overall. With his most recent release of K.O.D, or King Of Darkness, is classified as horrorcore, a infusion of dark lyrics with hip hop. I was recently surpised to find that two girls I know had gone to his concert recently, especially when Tech N9ne is with the likes of other horrorcore bands like Insane Clown Posse. (which I did not think to be the scene of two highschool suburban girls). Anyway, Tech N9ne went all out in his 2009 release, throwing Three Six Mafia onto the track “Demons.” How do I best describe his sound? It reminds me a lot of Lil Jon in terms of the heavy, deep choruses that are backed behind deep bass and catchy string patterns, and holy shit does the music stay with you. I have had the album for all of three days and already I have all the hooks memorized, and lines like “I’m a sexual predator, better alert the neighbors, cause your desperate housewife is just my flavor” also stick with you thoughout the day. The album has 24 tracks, all of which you will listen to again and again. My favorite is “Hunterish,” which has, besides the best beat and hook, (You’re one hund-er-ed, we so hunt-er-ish), includes Tech absolutely destroying the beat with his unique flow. He is Buster Rhymes esque with his quick delivery, but yet does not loose any substance to what he is saying. The best part is, he writes all his own lyrics, which makes listening for me all the more enjoyable. Other standout tracks sure to be singles include “Demons” (feat Three Six Mafia), “Strange Music Box,” “B-Boy,” and “Check Yo Temperature.” My only regret was that Corey Taylor of Slipknot was not included on “Killing You,” but hey, you can’t get everything right? But still, he has yet to get much radio play, if any at all, despite the mainstream attention. If you need something to keep you going as the days get longer and time drags by, I would definitively recommend indulging in K.O.D, but just remember to stay out of the dark.