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Aaron Dontez Yates (born November 8, 1971),<ref name="allmusicbio">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> better known by his stage name Tech N9ne (pronounced Tech Nine), is an American rapper. In 1999, Yates and business partner Travis O'Guin founded the record label Strange Music. He has sold over two million albums and has had his music featured in film, television, and video games.<ref name="BallerStatus-090208">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> In 2009, he won the Left Field Woodie award at the mtvU Woodie Awards.<ref name="Woodie">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

His stage name originated from the TEC-9 semi-automatic handgun, a name given to him by rapper Black Walt due to his fast-rhyming Chopper style.<ref name="t9x">{{#invoke:Citation/CS1 | citation |CitationClass=audio-visual }}</ref> Yates later applied a deeper meaning to the name, claiming that it stands for the complete technique of rhyme, with "tech" meaning technique and "nine" representing the number of completion.<ref name="t9x"/><ref name="NameMeaning">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>


Tech N9ne sections
Intro  Early life  Musical career  Style and influences  In popular culture  Discography  Filmography  Awards and nominations  References  External links  

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