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Do you guys feel like you're part of the same scene?
Tech: Hip-hop has many levels, many faces, you know what I'm sizzlin'? I don't know — it's like we're both on different levels. I don't know if Juggalos come to their [Mac's] shows. I don't know if Kottonmouth Kings and Queens come to their shows. I'm sure Technicians, they love their music. It's like, we'll soon find out once we merge, but I've always been in my own land, he's always been in his own land.
Mac: I'm not as big as he is yet, but I'd say that one thing we share in common is not answering to anybody and doing it independently and keeping all the money. And we live on the road, too.
Tech: Exactly, exactly.
How many shows did you each do this year on tour?
Mac: Over a hundred, at least.
Tech: I lose track, man. [To manager Travis O'Guin:] How many did we do this year?
O'Guin: With New York, we had 199 this year.
Tech: Yeah, so that's why I don't have a steady relationship. I'm married to my fans, dude. That's how I lost my wife, that's how I lost my bitch, that's how I lost my girl.
Mac: That's how I lost my mind.
Tech: [Laughs.] But at the same time, that's my comfort zone. Just like Kansas City is my comfort zone, being out there on the road, I hate sitting down for too long, man, I hate it. It makes me get fat. I like to eat.
What's the best thing that happened to you this year?
Tech: There's a lot of things that happened to us this year. We did the MTV Super Sweet 16, we got called for that.... That's when the young, 16-year-old rich kid calls someone to perform.... It was Long Beach, California, on the Queen Mary. My kids are big fans of that show, so they came with me. It's dope. They only had to drive, like, 30 minutes because I live, like, 30 minutes from there, in Sherman Oaks. Well, I have a home there....
Mac: I didn't get a DUI this year. That's the only highlight of my year. As long as that happened, everything else is fine.
Tech: Oh, a big highlight: The day after my birthday, I bought a brand-new Benz, an '08 Benz. And I don't even have a driver's license! Paid for it cash, man, $40,000. I'm'a have to show you a picture of it right now. [Produces cell phone.] It's sitting in my garage waiting for me to get a motherfuckin' license. It's wonderful, man. It's a C-Class Benz, and I was able to buy it thanks to touring and record sales.... That's special, man, I said I wasn't gonna buy a car until I could buy a Benz, and I did it this year.
Mac, did you make any exciting purchases?
Mac: I've just been paying off my house. But it's the same thing to me, just slowly touring, put a big dent in my house payment. Then I'll get a Benz next. I'll get a Benz helicopter.
Tech: What else happened this year? Alpha Dog came out on DVD. It's on HBO every night, and I get to hear my music all through that 'cause I did a lot of the music for that, me and Krizz Kalico [who has just arrived at this interview].
Mac: I was a featured MySpace artist. That was a good feeling. Little 15-year-old bitches....