Retro Review: Anghellic

Retro Review: Anghellic

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Anghellic, by Tech N9ne

I won’t lie, when I saw those Tech N9ne ads in the old Source magazines, I saw that face paint and red hair and instantly passed. I truthfully expected some more Insane Clown Posse stuff, and while their hustle is undeniable, I just wasn’t feeling their music. (I’ll talk more about that another time.) Then my dude, Havik, was listening to the Absolute Power album, and I was digging that. So, I went back and checked out his previous album, and Tech N9ne proved me wrong in the best way possible. So, while Anghellic was the second album I heard from him, it is probably my favorite of his. For the review, I went with the re-released version because it had some remastering done. I understand some of the songs weren’t on the original and vice-versa, but it is what it is.

  • Lyrics
  • Instrumentation
  • Production
  • Features
  • Longevity
  • Impact
  • Personal Preference
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Lyrics
Fair warning, this is a horrorcore album, but there is a little more to it than that, which he addresses in “Devil Boy.” I wish there were some more melodic songs on the album for balance purposes, and it’s definitely within his range. I’m a huge fan of multi-syllable rhymes and the quick delivery of Tech. It’s classic midwest, with a little extra.
Instrumentation
You’ve got the standard instrumentals you’d expect, and they’re not bad, but then you get a couple gems like “F.T.I.” and “Twisted.” All in all, I’d say the beats work well with each other, and the artist, so they’re gonna get a pretty good score haha.
Production
Let’s be real here for a minute. Tech N9ne was independent, even when he was signed. JCOR did a whole bunch of jack shit to help with the production of Anghellic, and it suffers a LITTLE from it. That being said, considering the time and the level of label input, the album was actually mixed pretty well, and the remaster did bring in a couple better-produced songs.
Features
 Kutt Calhoun, Krizz Kaliko, Scatterman, Snug Brim all did their thing on the one song they got (“F.T.I.”). It doesn’t show up on Spotify as a feature, but I know for a fact Roger Troutman was on “Twisted” and the album was all the better for it. It added a bit more diversity to the album, in a good way.
Longevity
 This album sounds better than most of the current hip-hop, just because of the attention to details. Lyrically, I actually prefer this album over some of Tech‘s later work, so it holds up pretty well in that aspect. Considering the huge catalog he’s had since then, it’s pretty safe to say that his legacy will last a while.
Impact
 I didn’t realize how impactful this album was, because it was all off of the mainstream radar. However, Tech managed to build a bigger fanbase for himself than a lot of mainstream artists, all through his hard work and dedication. If that doesn’t inspire the independent artist, I don’t know what the fuck will.
Personal Preference
Considering I didn’t even want to give this album a chance, and then came across Tech accidentally, and ended up liking this more than any of his others, it’s pretty safe to say Tech earned my respect with this album, and I love it. Feel free to give it your own score in the “user rating” section of the review. Or, let us know what you think about it in the comments section below.

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