Maino Featured in Cipha Sounds’ HipHop Improv
TAKE IT PERSONAL Will Feature Hip Hop’s Elite Each Show

New York, NY, July 23, 2013 – On Friday, July 19, 2013, Maino was featured in the Hip Hop Improv Show – TAKE IT PERSONAL presented by Hot 97’s Cipha Sounds and Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB), the top improv theatre and school in NYC. Improvisers Cipha Sounds, Abra Tabak, Phil Jackson
Lydia Hensler, Brandon Gardner, and Brandon Scott Jones reenacted stories originally told by Maino.

During the show rapper Maino shared a story a sweaty encounter with a rapper.. Cipha Sounds said, “My boy Maino finally came thru to Take it Personal. He’s one of the first guys I wanted to get. I know he’s gonna have some great stories to turn into comedy… And he did. Mafia!!!”

Take it Personal will continue every Friday at the legendary UCB Theater.

Special Guests included Keith Nelson (, Copper Tony (, Shenequa Golding (Interactive One), Gerard ” HipHopGamer ” Williams, and more.

Maino and Cipha Sounds

Maino On Cipha Sounds’ Take It Personal Hip Hop Improv Show

Cipha Sounds, Maino, and Improvisers

Cast and Cipha Sounds and Maino


Maino and Cipha Sounds


Cipha Sounds

TAKE IT PERSONAL will consist of famous hip hop artists either performing monologues, sharing personal stories, performing their songs, or being interviewed on their lives for source material. A group of talented improvisers will then use that material to create a totally made up show. You will be amazed on how the hip hop artist’s story is brought to life right in front of your eyes. “Watching an improv show is like seeing someone walk over the tight rope without the net… But way funnier,” said Cipha Sounds.
Hot 97’s Cipha Sounds is an actor, dj, radio personality, and comedian. He is on the radio Monday through Friday 5am-10am on “The Hot 97 Morning Show” and on Saturdays 5pm-7pm on New York’s number one station HOT 97. Cipha has carved out a distinct voice in music and comedy over the past 15 years. Past work includes official DJ for Lil Kim and Mos Def, host of Sucker Free and TRL on MTV, and resident DJ for Chapelle’s Show. He currently hosts his comedy series Dont Get Gassed every month at New York City’s famous Caroline’s on Broadway. | | @ciphasounds
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Tech N9ne Announces July 30 Release Date And Tracklisting For His Blockbuster Something Else Album
The Independent Rap Pioneer’s New Album Includes Such Guests As The Doors, Kendrick Lamar, Serj Tankian, Cee Lo, Wiz Khalifa, Big K.R.I.T., B.o.B., The Game, Danny Brown And Others
June 26, 2013
(Los Angeles, CA) Tech N9ne has set July 30 as the release date for his blockbuster Something Else album. The high-powered collection is broken up into “Fire,” “Water” and “Earth” sections and features legendary guests from different genres and different eras, including music icons The Doors, rap superstars Kendrick Lamar and Wiz Khalifa, rock maverick Serj Tankian and singer-rapper Cee Lo, among others.
Tech N9ne collaborated with the remaining members of The Doors on “Strange 2013,” a reworking of The Door’s “Strange Days” that was one of the last recordings The Doors’ founding member, Ray Manzarek, made before he passed away in May. In a June 24 feature, Tech N9ne says that The Doors’ music saved his life and that The Doors’ songs “People Are Strange” and “Strange Days” are the reasons why he named his record company Strange Music. “If I didn’t listen to their music and their fusion of sounds, I probably would’ve never called [my label] Strange Music,” Tech said to Rolling Stone. “I have Jim Morrison to thank for that.”
The rest of Something Else is equally remarkable. “That’s My Kid” featuring Cee Lo, Big K.R.I.T. and Kutt Calhoun has Tech N9ne explaining how he gave up his life in the streets in order to be a better father. Elsewhere, Tech N9ne teams with Kendrick Lamar, Mayday and Kendall Morgan for “Fragile.” On this spirited selection, Tech N9ne delivers a dazzling, tongue-twisting rap blasting all of his critics, while Kendrick Lamar details how he pours his heart and soul into his lyrics.
Today, Tech N9ne releases the Drumma Boy-produced single “See Me,” which features Wiz Khalifa and B.o.B. Tech N9ne sings and raps on the cut about how he gets overlooked by many despite his remarkable accolades – selling more than 2 million units independently, headlining the longest tour in rap history and owning hip-hop’s most powerful, truly independent record company, among them. (link to song and download below)
Something Else will be available for pre-order on iTunes July 2. Fans who purchase a copy of the album in advance will instantly receive the song “So Dope (They Wanna).” The lyrically intense tune is in the vein of Tech N9ne’s revered “Choppers” series of songs that pair him with fellow top-tier rappers who deliver dizzying flows with remarkable clarity.
Tech N9ne will also be the lead music feature in this week’s print edition of Billboard Magazine, on-stands June 28.
The tracklist for the deluxe version of Something Else is as follows:
News With Mark Alford 1 (skit)
Straight Out The Gate (featuring Serj Tankian, Krizz Kaliko)
B.I.T.C.H. (featuring T-Pain)
With The BS (featuring Red Café, Trae Tha Truth & Big Scoob)
Love 2 Dislike Me (featuring Tyler Lyon of Evalyn Awake & Liz Suwandi)
Fortune Force Field
I’m Not A Saint
Fragile (featuring Kendrick Lamar, ¡Mayday!, & Kendall Morgan)
Priorities (featuring The Game & Angel Davanport)​
News With Mark Alford 2 (skit)
So Dope (They Wanna) (featuring Wrekonize, Snow Tha Product & Twisted Insane)
See Me (featuring Wiz Khalifa & B.o.B)
My Haiku-Burn the World (featuring Krizz Kaliko)
That’s My Kid (featuring Cee Lo Green, Big K.R.I.T., Kutt Calhoun)
Meant to Happen (featuring Scoop Deville)
News With Mark Alford 3 (skit)
R.I.P. Ray (skit)​
Strange 2013 (featuring The Doors)
Colorado (featuring B.o.B, Krizz Kaliko, Rittz, ¡Mayday!, Stevie Stone, Ces Cru)
Drowning (featuring Liz Suwandi)
Thizzles (featuring Danny Brown)

New Music: “See Me” Featuring B.o.B. and Wiz Khalifa (DOWNLOAD)

Twitter: @TechN9ne

For more information regarding Tech N9ne, Something Else and Strange Music, please contact Richie Abbott at