Serj Tankian Collaborates With Rapper Tech N9ne

System of a Down frontman gives his contribution to Kansas City rappers new release.

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System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian was hired by rapper Tech N9ne for a collaboration on his forthcoming release "Something Else." The singer will be featured on the album's opening number, although the song name still remains unknown.

As a big fan of Tankian's work, Tech N9ne calls himself a "rock & roll nigga," adding that the song they'll be working on makes SOAD frontman "run faster on the treadmill."

"I think he is f--ing insane lyrically, musically, spiritually ... Totally cluster-f--k-ish like myself you never know what's going to happen in the music," the rapper tells Rolling Stone. "If you talk to Serj, he'll probably tell you he knew nothing about Tech N9ne until the song was sent to him, and after listening to it he went and got all my music, and it makes him run faster on the treadmill."

Tankian went on only to confirm Tech N9ne's story by saying: "I had not heard of Tech N9ne when we were sent the track. I checked out a bunch of his songs and really got into his flow, intensity and dynamics, and I agreed to sing on it. Originality in hip-hop and rock are hard to come by."

The rapper also discovered that he is looking for further collaboration with other big figures in metal, including Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Metallica frontman James Hetfield.

"I might send [new music] to James Hetfield," said Tech N9ne. "I heard he was a fan. I heard they [Metallica] warm up to my song 'Einstein.'"

"Something Else" is set for a June 25 release via Strange Music as the fourteenth record in the rapper's catalogue.

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    So many rapper collaborations nowadays...
    Sounds interesting. Rapping seems like something Serj could pull off. Just listen to this song
    "The rapper also discovered that he is looking for further collaboration with other big figures in metal" Did he not originally realize he was looking?
    Lol I remember seeing a video of Tech N9ne rocking out to Aerials. This could be pretty awesome.
    Awesome! Only thing is, Serj is still going to be busy with his solo stuff, and no SOAD :/
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    Comeback Kiddd
    I enjoyed the collab with chino on vocals from deftones so this should be good. His raps are also better than most mainstream artists too. I also laughed hard at the rock and roll nigga
    I shouldn't have wasted my time reading this article. tech nine is an old douche.