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Birth name  Tony Cottrell
Role  Rapper
Also known as  Tekzilla
Parents  Willie Cottrell
Name  Tony Cottrell
Origin  Cincinnati, Ohio
Children  Lil' Tone
Genres  Hip hop


Occupation(s)  Rapper, DJ, producer, rapper
Instruments  Keyboards, Drums, sampler
Albums  Hi‑Teknology, Hi‑Teknology²: The Chip, Revolutions per Minute, Hi‑Teknology³, Train of Thought

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Tony Cottrell, better known as Hi-Tek (born May 5, 1976), is an American rapper and record producer from Cincinnati, Ohio. He is best known for his work with Talib Kweli on their Reflection Eternal album and on Black Star. His father is singer Willie Cottrell of the Willie Cottrell Band whom Hi-Tek featured on his second release Hi-Teknology 2.


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Hi-Tek started his rap career with hip hop group Mood and had a regional hit with "Hustle on the Side". That song was made for Mood's album Doom, which featured amongst others Brooklyn MC Talib Kweli. Talib and Hi-Tek clicked immediately, and Hi-Tek went on to produce most of Talib Kweli and Mos Def's Black Star (1998). In 2000, Tek and Kweli (under the name Reflection Eternal) released Train of Thought (2000) on Rawkus Records, with raps by Talib Kweli and beats by Hi-Tek. It enjoyed moderate crossover radio success with the singles "The Blast" and "Move Somethin'". Reflection Eternal released a follow-up album titled Revolutions Per Minute on May 18, 2010.


After signing to Rawkus Records, Hi-Tek produced for a number of the labels projects, including the popular Soundbombing series; a three-record compilation of mostly Rawkus-based artists. In 2001, he released his solo album Hi-Teknology on Rawkus. The album featured appearances by Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, Vinia Mojica, Buckshot, and others, with all production handled by Hi-Tek. It received some critical acclaim and spawned a minor hit "Round and Round" with Cincinnati singer Jonell.

Although the record sold over 250,000 copies, Hi-Tek wasn't pleased with the promotion of the album, or lack thereof, and he left Rawkus shortly after its release. He then signed to MCA Records after the remix of "Round and Round" featuring Method Man, became an underground hit. While signed to MCA, Hi-Tek began recording his follow-up album, Hi-Teknology 2: The Chip and produced Jonell's unreleased debut album for Def Jam.

Currently, Hi-Tek is working as a staff producer for Aftermath Entertainment and its affiliates, as well as past associates such as Kweli and Mos Def. He is also recording songs for Dion, an R&B singer signed to Aftermath. Hi-Teknology 2 was released October 17, 2006 on Babygrande,[1] and distributed by Koch Entertainment. The producer released the third installment, Hi-Teknology 3: Underground on December 11, 2007.

In November 2015, producer 9th Wonder announced Hi-Tek as the newest member of The Soul Council - the production staff of his record label It's A Wonderful World Music Group.

Hi-Tek was featured on the cover of Beyond Race magazine for the publication's winter 2008 issue.

On the D12 single, "Just Like You," Bizarre references Hi-Tek, who produced the track. He says, "When Mos Def hear this, he probably gonna suffocate me, why you let Bizarre rap on Hi-Tek track? All he gonna do is talk about ho's and smokin' crack." This is a reference to Hi-Tek's early career with Mos Def and Talib Kweli who are known for a more responsible brand of music.


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  • Anderson .Paak - "Come Down" (2016)
  • Beanie Sigel - "Get That Dough" (2000)
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  • Bizarre featuring Eminem - "Hip Hop" (Album: Hannicap Circus) (2005)
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  • Black Star - 6 tracks from Black Star
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  • Busta Rhymes featuring Nas - "Rough Around The Edges"
  • Cassidy featuring Bone Thugs-N-Harmony & Eve - "Cash Rulez" (2007)
  • King Chip - Sprinkle Me (2009) (The Cleveland Show)
  • Cocoa Brovaz - "Get Up" (2001)
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  • Common featuring Sadat X - "1-9-9-9" (Album: Rawkus presents Soundbombing II) (1999)
  • Common - "Tekzilla"
  • Cormega - "Take These Jewels" (2002)
  • D12 - "Just Like You" (Album: D12 World) (2004)
  • Dead Prez featuring Talib Kweli - "Sharp Shooters"
  • Donte - "Heat 4 The Streets"
  • G-Unit - "G Unit", "Eye For An Eye" (Album: Beg For Mercy)
  • Ghostface Killah - "Josephine" (Album: More Fish)
  • Gym Class Heroes - "New Friend Request (Hi-Tek Remix)" (Album: Snakes On A Plane: The Album)
  • Jonell - "Don't Stop
  • Jonell - "Round & Round (remix)" (featuring Kool G Rap)
  • Jonell - "Round & Round (remix)" (featuring Method Man)
  • Jonell - "Round & Round (remix)" (featuring Method Man, Pharoahe Monch, Kool G Rap)
  • J. Sands - "In Jail"
  • Kurious - "Brand New Day" (featuring Dave Dar & Co Campbell)(2009)
  • Little Brother - "Step it Up" (featuring Dion) (Album: Getback)
  • Lloyd Banks featuring Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent - "I Get High" (Album: The Hunger for More)
  • M-Dot - "Days Are All The Same" (Ego And The Enemy)
  • Mood - Doom
  • Morcheeba featuring Talib Kweli - "Let Me See (remix)"
  • Mos Def - "Next Universe" (Album: Rawkus presents Soundbombing II)
  • Outlawz featuring Young Buck & Dion - "Drivin' Down the Freeway" (Album: Godz Plan)
  • Papoose - "What Makes Me, Me" (Album: Internationally Known)
  • Phife Dawg - 4 tracks from Ventilation: Da LP
  • Phife Dawg - "Miscellaneous (remix)"
  • Planet Asia & Grand Agent - "It's Only Right"
  • Rick Dolo - Pan Am
  • Slum Village - "The Set Up" (Album: Villa Manifesto)
  • Snoop Dogg - "I Believe In You", "I Miss That Bitch" (Album: Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss)
  • Snoop Dogg - "No Thang On Me" {Album: R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece
  • Soopafly - "Are You Ready"
  • Soulive featuring Talib Kweli - "Bridge to Bama (remix)"
  • Styles P featuring Ray J - "Let's Go" (Album: Super Gangster, Extraordinary Gentleman)
  • Styles P featuring Talib Kweli - "Testify" (Album: Time Is Money)
  • Syleena Johnson - "Hit On Me (remix)" (Album: Chapter 1: Love, Pain & Forgiveness), "The Voice/Intro", "Outro" (Album: Chapter 2: The Voice)
  • Talib Kweli - "2000 Seasons", "The Express", "Back Up Offa Me", "Work It Out", "Beautiful Struggle", "More or Less"
  • Termanology - "In The Streets" (Album: Politics as Usual)
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  • Xzibit featuring Busta Rhymes - "Tough Guy" (Album: Weapons of Mass Destruction)
  • Young Buck - "Don't Need No Help" (Album: Get Rich Or Die Tryin' soundtrack)
  • Young Buck featuring Snoop Dogg, Trick Daddy - "I Ain't Fuckin' Wit You" (Album: Buck the World)
  • Hodgy - "Glory" (Album: Fireplace: TheNotTheOtherSide)
  • References

    Hi-Tek Wikipedia