Quick Facts of

  • First NameTech N9ne
  • Net Worth$ 16 million
  • CareerSinger, Songwriter

Famous by the stage name Tech N9ne, born as Aaron Dontez Yates, is an American rapper, songwriter & entrepreneur who has sold over 2 million albums. With his business partner Travis O’Guin, Tech N9ne founded his record label Strange Music & released 19 studio albums with the label out of 21.

Ever since the release of the debut single Cloudy-Eyed Stroll/Mitch Bade, the rapper has released many hit songs Midwest Choppers, Fragile, Hood Go Crazy, Speedom, and Red Kingdom.

What Is Tech N9ne’s Net Worth In 2020?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Tech N9ne has a net worth of $16 million as of March 2020. Professional since 1991, Tech aka Aaron made a hefty sum through his successful venture in the music industry.

Moreover, 48-year-old rapper collects a hefty sum with his music label Strange Music (founded in 2000), where he has a 50/50 partnership with Travis O’Guin, a furniture business magnate.

Currently, with a distribution deal through Fontana Distribution, the music label so far has collaborations & records for many rappers like Jay Rock, Krizz Kaliko, Stevie Stone, Prozak, among others.

Trademarked for white face paint when on stage, the Kansas City-born reportedly made $30 million between 2012 & 2016, earning a place among 10 highest-paid rappers on the planet.

As per Forbes, in 2016, Tech N9ne ranked #16 in HIP-HOP Cash Kings 2014, earning $8 million, tying Ludacris, 50 Cent & Swizz Beatz; and was behind Kendrick Lamar (#15, earned $9 million).

In 2017, the rapper reportedly made $8.5 million in annual revenue.

The Richest stated his yearly revenue:

  • 2012- $6 million
  • 2013- $7.5 million
  • 2014- $8 million
  • 2015- $8.5 million

Career As Rapper: How Did It Begin & Album Sales Earnings?

In 1991, Tech N9ne began his career through a group Black Mafia & later worked with Nnutthowze, before the latter disbanded in the mid-90s.

In 1997, he joined rapper Yukmoyth founded the group The Regime & following 2 years, released his solo debut album The Calm Before the Storm on November 9, 1999, & 2nd album The Worst released on September 12, 2000.

Thereafter, Tech founded a record label named Strange Music, in 2000 in 50/50 partnership with Travis O’Guin, & has released further of his 19 studio albums, from his own label- totals 21 studio albums as of March 2020.

Also, his record label company now has 3 subsidiary companies: Strange Music West, Strange Lane Records, and Strange Main.

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Album Sales & Earnings

Albums (Solo Studio)Sales (copies sold)Earnings
The Calm Before the Storm (1999)21,000$27,000
The Worst (2000)12,000$14,800
Anghellic (2001)278,000$294,000
Absolute Power (2002)358,000$378,000
Everready (The Religion) (released in 2006)264,000$289,000
Misery Loves Kompany (2007)106,000$118,000
Killer (2008)180,000$194,000
Sickology 101 (2009)118,000$132,000
K.O.D. (2009)159,000$167,000
The Gates Mixed Plate (2010)73,000$82,000
All 6’s and 7’s (2011)230,000$245,000
Welcome to Strangeland (2011)85,000$93,000
Something Else (2013)161,000$180,000
Strangeulation (2014)44,000$54,000

At the moment, the earnings from his album sales since 2015 is yet to be out:

  1. Special Effects (2015)
  2. The Storm (2016)
  3. Dominion (2017)
  4. Strange Reign (2017)
  5. Planet (2018)
  6. N9NA (2019)

Reportedly, his compilation album Vintage Tech (2005) made $116,000 & his mixtape Bad Season (2010) collected $8,700.

What Is Tech N9ne Doing Currently?

On April 10, 2019, the American rapper announced to released his 22nd album EnterFear, though, further updates on his venture is yet to be out.

Revenue Through Endorsement Deal

Working with Boulevard Brewing Company, Tech N9ne created a beer named Bou Lou in May 2018, which took the reference of his song Caribou Lou & was later marketed in July that year.

Even though, the rapper kept wraps upon the earnings from the deal, but, it surely got him a heavy sum.

An avid user of Instagram, Tech has over 1.2 million followers on Instagram (engagement rate is 0.51%) & if he signs an endorsement deal via Instagram, the rapper can earn $2,391- $3,986 per sponsored post.

Charity Works

The 2009 MTVU Music Awards winner Tech N9ne is also active in charity & often gives back to his community, supports Harvesters- a non-profit regional food bank serving a 26-county area of northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas.

Also, in late 2019, he performed on the Gift of Rap concert to raise funds for 15 and the Mahomies Foundation, founded by Patrick Mahomes, which aims to improve the lives of children.

Father Of 3 Children: Lives In Kansas City

Tech N9ne is the father of 2 daughters & a son: Alyia, Reign, and Dontez. He was married to Lecoya LeJuene for 22 years, they married in 1995 and separated in 2005 until their divorce finalized in November 2017.

At the moment, no report on his dating life or relationship update is out.

Currently, Tech N9ne lives in his house in Kansas City, Missouri, where the average house price is $151,970.

Moreover, his record label Strange Music is headquartered in NE Douglas St., Lee’s Summit, Missouri, which, in April 2019, planned to build its 5th building spread on 60,000 sq. ft. on a whopping  $7 million.


Tech N9ne was born on November 8, 1971, in Kansas City, Missouri, the USA to Carlton Cook and Maude Sue Yates-Kalifah.His birth name is Aaron Dontez Yates.

His father estranged from his family & mother was diagnosed with epilepsy and lupus (died in 2014). He went to Southwest High School & later made pursued a career in music.

Yates has 3 siblings: Hakim, Basimah, and Kiraameen.