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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]

Killer
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1, 2008 (2008-07-01)
RecordedJanuary 15, 2008 (2008-01-15)[1][2] - March 27, 2008 (2008-03-27)[2]
GenreHip hop, horrorcore, gangsta rap
Length1:02:52 (Disc 1)
1:04:31 (Disc 2)
2:07:23 (Total)
LabelStrange Music
ProducerDavid 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[3]
  2. "Like Yeah"
    Released: October 3, 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
ARTISTdirect4/5 stars 2008
HipHopDX3.5/5 stars 2008
IGN(8.6/10) 2008
Kansas City Star4/5 stars 2008
Metromix4/5 stars 2008
The Pitch(favorable) 2008
RapReviews(8.5/10) 2008
Rhapsody(favorable) 2008
URB3/5 stars 2008

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, 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 listingEdit

Disc oneEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Dr. Frazier's Office (Intro Skit)"Aaron YatesRobert Rebeck01:21
2."Like Yeah"A. Yates, Samuel WatsonYoung Fyre04:19
3."Wheaties" (featuring Shawnna)A. Yates, Rashawnna GuyYoung Fyre04:09
4."Everybody Move"A. Yates, S. WatsonWyshmaster03:38
5."Get the Fuck Outta Here" (featuring The Popper & Paul Wall)A. Yates, M. Queen, Paul Slayton, Walter EdwinWyshmaster04:28
6."The Waitress"A. YatesWyshmaster04:09
7."Crybaby"A. YatesSeven04:36
8."Shit Is Real"A. Yates, James Canty, S. WatsonMatic Lee03:43
9."Blackboy" (featuring Brother J, Ice Cube & Krizz Kaliko)A. Yates, Jason Hunter, O'Shea Jackson, S. WatsonSeven, Krizz Kaliko04:46
10."Pillow Talkin'" (featuring Scarface)A. Yates, Brad Jordan, S. WatsonWyshmaster03:43
Begin: The Dark Side
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
11."Paint a Dark Picture" (featuring The Dirtball)A. Yates, David AlexanderSeven04:39
12."Hope for a Higher Power"A. YatesSeven05:57
13."Worst Case Scenario (Skit)" (featuring Krizz Kaliko & Scenario)A. Yates, B. FraserSeven, Robert Rebeck, Krizz Kaliko01:51
14."Psycho Bitch II" (featuring Liquid Assassin)A. Yates, Cardell Toombs, Robert RebeckRobert Rebeck05:48
15."Poisonous" (featuring Liz Suwandi)A. Yates, Liz SuwandiSeven02:42
16."Too Much" (featuring Kutt Calhoun)A. Yates, Melvin Calhoun, S. WatsonAaron Bradley03:03
End: The Dark Side
Total length: 62:52

Disc twoEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."I Love You But Fuck You"A. Yates, M. QueenDavid Sanders II05:23
2."One Good Time"A. YatesMatic Lee04:29
3."Drill Team" (featuring BG Bulletwound, Krizz Kaliko & Snug Brim)Aaron Henderson, A. Yates, B. Fraser, Gregory Roland, S. WatsonDavid Sanders II05:16
4."Beat You Up" (featuring Big Scoob, Lebowski & The Weapon)A. Yates, D. Edwin, P. Jones, S. AshbyDavid Sanders II05:13
5."Let's Go" (featuring Kutt Calhoun & Mistah F.A.B.)A. Yates, M. Calhoun, Stanley CoxDavid Sanders II03:25
6."Why You Ain't Call Me"A. YatesElmo04:31
Begin: The Sextion
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
7."Seven Words" (featuring Krizz Kaliko & Skatterman)A. Yates, Stacy Landis, S. WatsonSeven04:51
8."The Sexorcist (Infomercial)" (featuring Krizz Kaliko)A. Yates, S. WatsonSeven03:40
9."Killa Call (Skit)" (featuring Killa C)A. YatesTech N9ne00:32
10."Enjoy" (featuring Bosko & Krizz Kaliko)A. Yates, Bosko Kante, S. WatsonWyshmaster04:05
11."Elbow Macaroni (Skit)"A. YatesTech N9ne, Makzilla01:30
12."I Am Everything" (featuring Hed PE & Kottonmouth Kings)A. Yates, Brad Xavier, Dustin Miller, Paulo Gomes, Timothy McNuttUnderrated, Aaron Abeyta03:35
End: The Sextion
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
13."Happy Ending"A. YatesSeven04:44
14."Can't Shake It" (featuring Krizz Kaliko & Robert Rebeck)A. Yates, S. WatsonTyler Reynolds03:38
15."Holier Than Thou" (featuring Krizz Kaliko & Strange Lane Choir)A. Yates, S. WatsonYoung Fyre05:23
16."Last Words"A. Yates, S. WatsonSeven04:14
Total length: 64:31

Bonus tracks[6]Edit

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."Get Your Attention" (featuring Gina McFadden & Krizz Kaliko) (Leftover track)Young Fyre03:49
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

SamplesEdit

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).

Killer

ReferencesEdit

  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. Archived from the original on 2012-07-12. 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