Best Hip-Hop Producer - 2007
"There's a dude from the Midwest, made some dope beats, but his name's not Kanye West. It's Tech," raps the opening verse of "It's a Shame," a track featured on DJ Trackstar's Boogie Bang 7 mixtape. "Tech" is Tech Supreme, a producer whose catalog includes collaborations with Ebony Eyez and Murphy Lee, just to name a few. But in the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world of hip-hop, résumés don't count for much. To keep his name in the game, Tech is literally putting the integrity back in hip-hop with his two most recent projects. The latest release from Tech Productions is a compilation of Tech-produced beats paired with rhymes from the likes of Family Affair, Tef Poe and Vandalyzm called Audio Integrity. He also keeps an ear to the beat of the underground scene by co-hosting St. Louis' "Best Hip-Hop Night" at Blueberry Hill: Integrity.