Underappreciated Musician of Color #27: Immortal Technique

(Thanks, Mike!)

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Before I even begin to attempt to explain this man, peep this:


Born in 1978 as Felipe Andres Coronel, Immortal Technique is an Afro-Peruvian rapper and activist of staggering talent, with an understandably devoted following.  Though he was born in Lima, Peru, he grew up in Harlem.  In addition to recalling his own grievous sins, Coronel raps about global politics, poverty, classism, institutionalized racism, and religion.  To do so freely, he maintains complete control over his music via independent label, and is a harsh critic of the mainstream music industry.

As you can see with "Dance with the Devil", Coronel understands what real hip-hop is; it's the voice of the oppressed, of the inner demon, and it sounds best when it utilizes the, ironically, immortal technique of story-telling.  In other the words, the artist needs to have a point, and like rappers Lupe Fiasco and Asheru, Coronel most definitely has a point.

His good looks are merely a lucky bonus.

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  1. This guy right here!!?? This dude RIGHT HERE!!?? Spits NOTHING but intellectual and societal truths. His name is mentioned ANYtime I speak about conscious rap. Good post Ank!

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  2. Thanks; I'm just now learning about this dude.

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  3. Maybe for the next underappreciated musician you maybe can add Aziatix?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkhIlEtMLw4&feature=channel_video_title

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFex915ZebY&feature=relmfu

    Eddie the long haired one is so fine, I'm sure you would agree. I hope they become the next Far east movement.

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  4. i love this dude found out about him at age 14 his stuff scared me lol

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  5. Now that shit there. It's so real it scares the shit out of you. Best truth ever spoken is what you know.

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  6. "As you can see with "Dance with the Devil", Coronel understands what real hip-hop is; it's the voice of the oppressed, of the inner demon, and it sounds best when it utilizes the, ironically, immortal technique of story-telling. In other the words, the artist needs to have a point, and like rappers Lupe Fiasco and Asheru, Coronel most definitely has a point."

    QUOTED FOR TRUTH!!!!

    Thank you for turning me on tho this guy. I'll be checking out his other tracks.

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  7. Neo-Prodigy, I second that. This dude is the truth.

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  8. Ah, the one and only. He is an absolute legend and truth teller. Sighs like a total fan girl. I've loved him for so long. Glad to see you on the IT Train Ankh.

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  9. Ank, have you seen Rihanna's new video "Man Down"? It's funny cause some Parent Policy group was up in arms about it being shown on BET of all things. Like that video was the worst thing ever compared to most of the content on that network. *rolls eyes* Anyway, I'm trying to tease out the meaning. The death scene in my opinion is lurid but artistic. It's like something out of a movie. And the lyrics seem to lament the woman killing the man. And the video does seem to allude to an attack on a woman. But it's very brief. Anyway, I just think it's ridiculous so many people are upset over it. They've completely glossed over the lyrics and the fact that it's about the victim. In fact, I wonder if the death scene is supposed to be "real."

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  10. Immortal Technique is my favorite rapper. I own "Revolutionary Vol.1", "Revolutionary Vol.2" and "The 3rd World".

    This guy is one of the few American rappers who are aware that there is a world outside the USA. People like me who never experienced nor are interested in the caricatural "gangsta life" can relate to his songs. He reminds us why we loved hip-hop in the first place.

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  11. Love me some Tech. The Brother is even going vegetarian nowadays.

    I Love Caught In A Hustle the most, where he really speaks on our situation.

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