Especially when it comes to Tech N9ne.The Kansas City native born Aaron Yates is a remarkably singular entity in the music industry, in general. A smart, gifted, fiercely independent artist, who has forged an impressive almost unparalleled career over the past two decades, Tech has released more than a dozen studio albums, appeared on video game, film and TV soundtracks, and sold upwards of two million records, helping make him the highest grossing American indie rapper, even earning him a spot on Forbes’ list of hip hop kingpins.He also has his own label Strange Music Inc. Which has its own impressive roster of talent from across North America, many of whom are showcased on his fifth and latest collaboration project Strangeulation, which dropped in May.”It’s a beautiful thing to be able to showcase my artists that I’m so proud of,” he says noting the contributions of “elite” rappers such as Murs, Krizz Kaliko and Ces Cru.Of course, Tech doesn’t just cast his net in his own label and in just the hip hop pond, with him also tapping pop talent, such as singer Ryan Bradley on the standout Over It, and revisiting a previous collaboration with System of A Down frontman Serj Tankian with a remix of Straight Out the Gate.”I like to fuse two artists together and they don’t have to be just one genre,” he says.
“It takes a lot of time but it helps me remember what I read and it helps me to explain it to others,” he said. “And then it just became a logical extension. I would read a book, summarize it, pose some questions to it and then the people at the club seemed to enjoy listening to the summaries and answering, in their own ideas, the questions.” The study of philosophy, creating dialogue around ideas and challenging preconceived beliefs comes with a multitude of benefits.
“More and more specialists are coming onboard as the physicians grow more comfortable with using the system,” adds Doreen Grouette. “They have their own PCVCs (camera systems) in their offices now so they don’t have to go into a hospital setting. They can see their clients from their offices if they elect to do that.”.
When the dust settled, an employee was cut from public works, three positions were folded into one and the staff working in the town office was reduced from four to 3.3. Red Rock Recreation Centre, which was built by the mill, dropped its operations to five days a week, seven months a year. It remains closed over the summer and municipal employees take three day weekends..