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Tech N9ne Has Strong Words for ‘L.A. Times’ Lip-Syncing Diss

Tech N9ne has become one of hip hop’s biggest live acts, a reputation he prides himself on. So the Kansas City rapper did not take kindly to a recent ‘L.A. Times’ review of the Southern California ‘Paid Dues’ show, where the writer said, “It appeared that N9ne was lip-syncing.”

Well, at the Rock the Bells press conference last night, N9ne had some strong words for the writer, Jeff Weiss. “I do what I do for the love of my three children, they’re the biggest tech N9ne fans I know,” he said. “All my life I have put all my energy into doing a wonderful show, a hardcore show, I push until I lose my voice. And I say every word and for somebody to say, ‘He appeared to be lip-syncing because it sounded so clear.’ To me, if I’m trying to use Paid Dues as a vehicle get on Rock the Bells he would’ve ruined it, which would in turn would’ve ruined money I make for my children, which makes me really, really upset. I’m out here to impress people, to get to the other plateau. This is the other plateau, thank god I made after somebody said something stupid about me that a lot of people knew was bulls— because something like that, I take it personally.”

But a very upset N9ne wasn’t done. “When it comes to Tech N9ne you say s— that you know. And what he said was speculation: ‘It appeared that he was lip-syncing.’ No, you can’t say Tech N9ne and Milli Vanilli in the same sentence,” N9ne said. “I can’t sell out all these shows and people keep coming back if I was just cheating them with lip-syncing. So to Jeff Weiss, no I didn’t appreciate it and I don’t appreciate it. Tech N9ne works very hard. So hopefully he’ll come to another show and he’ll give me a f—ing apology because I deserve it.”

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