When Sir Elton John waltzed into a Canadian record store earlier this month, he wasn’t asking for David Bowie or The Beatles — he wanted music from Tech N9ne. To any artist, this would be a monumental co-sign from one of rock’s greatest living legends, but to the Strange Music Inc. powerhouse, it was also a sign he was on track with his career.

“That was so crazy, man,” Tech N9ne tells HipHopDX. “It’s validation that people think I do beautiful music just like they do. Somebody of that magnitude who’s a genius of music for so many years and still relevant today makes me feel real good inside, and lets me know I’m truly going the right direction. I always knew I was going the right direction ’cause I showed them my heart, but that kind of validation just makes you smile inside.”

Despite the vast differences in the style of music each artist creates, it wouldn’t be out of the question to work together. Sir Elton famously performed “Stan” with Eminem at the 2001 Grammy Music Awards and Tech N9ne has an affinity for soaring, piano driven ballads. It was something he picked up growing up

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