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Immortal Technique - Biography - Enzo - 08-11-2009 09:08 PM
Written by Public Wizard, Inc. Friday, 10 July 2009
Immortal Technique is the voice of those victim to Government's lies and carnage. A Revolutionary and intense rapper, Immortal Technique has toured the world, gracing publications like The Source, XXL, The Washington Post, Playboy and even featured on the cover of URB magazine. While his lyrics are controversial, they are meaningful ideas and circumstances based on FACT. They are lyrics lived and seen through the eyes of Immortal Technique, a young but seasoned veteran and proven leader in the political and musical arena.
Immortal Technique has been touring the world after his previous release Revolutionary Vol. 2, including the Rock the Bells Tour for the past 3 years. This has kept him quite busy with the anticipation of his next release, "The 3rd World" growing steadily by the day. Finally Immortal Technique and DJ Green Lantern (DJ for Jay Z & Sirius Satellite) complete their vision of colliding their worlds into one full-length album. The mix of street Hip Hop with the vivid landscapes of global struggle proves that world politics and music politics are almost one in the same. While still a full-length album, DJ Green Lantern blends and mixes it from start to finish, with about a 1/3 of the production to his name. Expect to hear Immortal Technique's striking lyrics on an even more street influenced production that occasionally fortifies him to show his bi-lingual versatility on the mic.
Immortal Technique.....Underground legend, Revolutionary leader, accomplished battle champion and an independent success selling more than 135,000 units without a major label is now more than ever prepared to deal with the world of music and the business that tries to shape it. It is a small feat in comparison with what he hopes to accomplish outside the world of music.
Born in a military hospital in South America, Immortal Technique was brought to the United States in the early 80's while a civil war was breaking out in his native Peru. Exchanging the struggle and turmoil of a life in South America for the streets of New York in the mid 80’s Immortal Technique’s family migrated to Harlem. Although, there was a violent and often lawless element in the city of New York during that era, and after being arrested for several different offenses Immortal Technique eventually ended up serving some time incarcerated for some violent offenses.
Upon his being paroled, Technique immediately began entering local area battles and taking the skills he had gained at rhyming to the forefront of the NYC underground Hip hop scene. He began winning just about every battle that the city had before he realized that he could really get the ideas and concepts for songs across much better with the release of his music. He worked multiple jobs, often menial to come up with the money even getting a small sum under the table from an executive from a major label that wanted nothing in return. He relied on his skills as a battle rapper using all the money from the contest he won to create a CD featuring some of the work that he completed in prison and a few songs written on parole. The project turned into a 17-track album that was titled, "Revolutionary Vol.1." Roughly 2,500 copies were pressed up and without any distribution, production budget advertisement, and or label of any kind he sold 2,400 copies and gave the rest to college radio stations and DJ's.
Opening for mainstream and other underground artists he worked his way up the ranks all while constantly touring wherever he could go, earning praises in Unsigned Hype in the Source (May, 2002) and working on a follow up album to the first one he did.
In 2003 he began working with a label he had become a part of called Viper Records. There with others that were involved in prison reform and spreading a message of social justice his graphically violent and lyrically fierce rhyming style found a place to mature and grow into a more refined message. The key component was that Immortal Technique was personally involved in all aspects of the music, marketing, artwork, song writing, structure, and personally took charge of his own career. In early 2004 he officially released Revolutionary Vol.2 through a distributor and showcased the result of all his hard work. The album took off becoming an instant underground classic after he had began an independent push on his own a few months earlier with the Singles released through Uncle Howie Records. The singles charted #50 on billboard and both singles, “Industrial Revolution” and “The Point of No Return” earned the #1 spot on the CMJ charts. And before the release of his album the rapper became one of the only unsigned rappers to ever receive a Hip Hop Quotable in The Source (10/03).
After Revolutionary Vol.2 had already generated a rigorous nation wide tour schedule he began working with Dj Green Lantern creating a song featuring Mos Def called “Bin Laden”. The song had a very incendiary hook but it was structured in that way to bring people into listen to the lyrics and spread a message reminiscent of when the spirit of Hip Hop used to meet at the crux of the Hardcore street sound and a Revolutionary message. The single and the remix featuring Public Enemy’s Chuck D and KRS 1 on the hook became an underground favorite as well, even sneaking onto the airwaves of NYC’s own Hot97.
Between 2005 and 2007 Immortal Technique began working on The Middle Passage and Revolutionary Vol.3 the two albums that would serve a follow up to Revolutionary Vol.2 and complete the series. He was also was featured on several movie soundtracks, video game soundtracks. All the while touring relentlessly and becoming heavily involved in visiting prisons to speak to youth and working with immigrant rights activists and raising tens of thousands of dollars for children’s hospitals overseas. He invested his money not in chains, fancy cars and luxurious homes but rather in large pieces of farmland in Latin America. He created a writing grant program for high school students and has involved himself in the structuring of an orphanage in Afghanistan.
In late 2007 before the continuation of the Revolutionary series Immortal Technique and Dj Green Lantern decided to do a mixtape/album together and connect the struggles of this nation to those that are occurring with much more destructive results outside of the nation.
The result was the mixtape/album called “The 3rd World” being released June 24th of 2008 through Viper Records.
Album: The 3rd World
Release date: June 24th
Label: Viper Records
Distribution: Koch Entertainment
Features include: Chino XL, Crooked I, RasKass, Psycho Realm, Diabolic,
Production includes: Green Lantern, Southpaw, Buckwild, Scram Jones
1. Death March (featuring Dj Green Lantern)
2. That's What it Is
3. Golpe De Estado (featuring Veneno & Temperamento)
4. Harlem Renaissance
5. Lick Shots (featuring Chino XL, Crooked I)
6. Apocrypha - Interlude
7. The 3rd World
8. Hollywood Driveby (featuring Psycho Realm & Street Platoon)
9. Reverse Pimpology (featuring Mojo)
10. Open Your Eyes
11. The Payback (featuring Diabolic & RasKass)
12. Adios Uncle Tom - Skit
13. Stronghold Grip (featuring Poison Pen & Swave Sevah)
15. Parole (Evil Genius Mix)
16. Crimes of the Heart (featuring Maya Azucena)
Bonus Cuts... In order of appearance.
*Apocalypse Remix (featuring Akir & Pharoahe Monch)
*Rebel Arms (featuring J.Arch & Da Circle)
Music Videos: (Click image to View)
AKIR - "Treason" Featuring Immortal Technique
MP3s to Download: (Right click to save)
The 3rd World
Clean - Dirty
Clean - Dirty
Clean - Dirty
Watch Out Freestyle
Joell Ortiz- Modern Day Slavery (F/ Immortal Technique)
Clean - Dirty
RE: Immortal Technique - Biography - Sasha - 08-11-2009 11:17 PM
Tech should write an autobiography book. Thanks for sharing this too.
RE: Immortal Technique - Biography - Enzo - 08-11-2009 11:25 PM
Yeah he is actually writing a book, I'm not sure what it is about though.
RE: Immortal Technique - Biography - Sasha - 08-11-2009 11:32 PM
Cool, can't wait for that to come out.
RE: Immortal Technique - Biography - noobd - 08-12-2009 01:54 AM
(08-11-2009 11:25 PM)Lor3nzO Wrote: Yeah he is actually writing a book, I'm not sure what it is about though.Because he doesnt have enough on his plate :angel:
RE: Immortal Technique - Biography - cropsta - 08-25-2009 11:29 PM
(08-11-2009 11:17 PM)hEySu3sS_nGc_ Wrote: Tech should write an autobiography book. Thanks for sharing this too.
ya he really should. never ceases to amaze me. even after listening to his songs over an over i still get somethin out of them. fuken aye Tech. you are one solid guy. wish my buddy could appreciate your skill more. he claims to be a rapper but all he spits is that empty generic garbage. his biography is so weak 2 that might have something to do with it. its good to learn bout the guy behind the voice finally. thanx
heysuess i could use some games and movies but im on a public computer. ill hit u bak when im online.
peace out pplz
RE: Immortal Technique - Biography - El Mono - 08-26-2009 02:44 PM
^ He's got that man Stuart filming his life through Afghanistan
"The hip-hop star has filmed his travels for a movie with director C. Stuart, who accompanied him to Afghanistan."
Thats the closest thing to an autobiography we got. Well you have certain songs that talks about his past, like Mistakes, DWTD, You never know, about him racing as a child.
RE: Immortal Technique - Biography - Spooky - 09-11-2009 01:09 AM
(08-11-2009 11:25 PM)Lor3nzO Wrote: Yeah he is actually writing a book, I'm not sure what it is about though.
maybe the modernised version of Guerrilla Warfare by Che Guevara......