It’s been over a decade since Tony “Hi-Tek” Cottrell first set the indie world aflame with his classic productions for Reflection Eternal, Mood and Common. Since then, he’s had something of a journeyman’s career. He’s landed beats on a few big albums for artists like Snoop Dogg, G-Unit and the Game, and is now a staff producer for Dr. Dre’s vaunted Aftermath Entertainment. However, unlike the Alchemist, another producer unafraid to navigate between the indie and mainstream world, Hi-Tek has yet to score a major hit, or build a truly compelling body of work.
Some might take that criticism as a dis. But take it with a grain of salt, as Hi-Tek is undoubtedly a talented producer working towards achieving his potential. The next step is Hi-Teknology 3, the latest chapter in a solo compilation series that has, according to his publicists, moved over 600,000 units to date. Set for release via Babygrande on December 11, it features guest shots from Estelle, Young Buck, Kurupt, M-1, Little Brother, Talib Kweli and many others. The first single is “My Piano” with Raekwon & Ghost.
The track listing for Hi-Teknology 3 is below.
- 1. “Tek Intro”
- 2. “Lie to Me” (feat. Estelle)
- 3. “Interlude” (feat. Lil Tone)
- 4. “My Piano” (feat. Ghostface Killah, Raekwon & Dion)
- 5. “God’s Plan” (feat. Young Buck & Outlawz)
- 6. “Ohio All-Stars” (feat. Cross, Showtime, Mann & Chip the Rippa)
- 7. “Back on the Grind” (feat. Riz, Kurupt & Dion)
- 8. “I’m Back” (feat. Rem Dog)
- 9. “Kill You” (feat. Push Montana)
- 10. “Handling My Bizness” (feat. Lep, Count, Big D & M-1)
- 11. “Come Get It (Tekstrumentals)”
- 12. “Step Ya Game Up (remix)” (feat. Dion & Little Brother)
- 13. “Know Me” (feat. Jonelle)
- 14. “Time” (feat. Dion & Talib Kweli)
- 15. “Outro”