Strange Music is an American independent record label specializing in hip hop music and founded by Tech N9ne and Travis O'Guin in Travis O'Guin, an established businessman in the world of furniture, was looking to get into the music industry. He had been a fan of Tech N9ne 's music and had seen how his career was being handled. At the time, Tech had several engagements pulling him in several directions. Travis came into the picture and offered Tech something he never had, his own label. The first album Absolute Power was a success, selling about , copies.
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Tech had received some widespread exposure via the Wake Up Show, but too many commitments pulling him in too many different directions was keeping his career from really taking off. O'Guin was already a fan of Tech's, and disapproved of how his career had been handled. Despite some early false starts a mishandled deal with JCOR Entertainment to release Tech's national debut, Anghellic , as well as a joint venture with MSC Entertainment that, according to Tech, lost him money on Absolute Power , his second national album , the label became an extremely lucrative and internationally renowned success. It now boasts two subsidiaries Strange Music West and Strange Lane and nearly a dozen artists and has moved over two million records independently, landing the title of the world's number one independent hip hop label. SM West, despite being an official subsidiary, is rarely mentioned as such, and Brotha Lynch Hung is generally considered an artist attached to the larger label. Following Bleed's departure from the label in early , the imprint's roster is empty. It is unclear what the future of the imprint is at this time, as it has scarcely been mentioned since Bleed's departure. Tech N9ne has been with the label since its inception. These three are arguably the three most visible artists aligned with the label, all having been closely associated since the label's inception and all playing a significant role in the early output of Strange. Michigan-based rap-rock duo Project: Deadman also signed in , and although now considered defunct due to producer Mike E.
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