Immortal Technique Biography
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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. The US supported puppet democracy and Guerilla factions were locked in a bitter struggle which ended like most do in Latin America, with the military and economic aid of the State Dept. through channels like the CIA. Although he had escaped the belligerent poverty and social turmoil of life in the 3rd world, he was now residing in Harlem which had its own share of drama. Growing up on the streets of New York, the young man became enamored with Hip Hop culture, writing graffiti and starting to rhyme at an early age. Although he frequently cut school and ended up being arrested time and time again for his wild behavior, the kid still managed to finish high school and got accepted to a state university. Unfortunately the survivalist and aggressive attitude that was the norm in New York City caused him to be involved in more violent altercations at school, whether it was with other brothers, false flaggers or the relentlessly racist population of an uncultured Middle America.
Compiling multiple assault charges in New York State and in other states eventually caught up to the uncompromisingly hardheaded actions of one Immortal Technique. He faced several charges for Aggravated Assault in the tri-state area. Realizing his inevitable incarceration, Technique began to prolifically write down his ideas about what he had lived and seen in the struggle back at home in relation to his visits back to his native land. He came to embrace his African roots that stemmed from his grandfather and understood the nature of racism and ignorance in its role in Latino culture, separating oppressed peoples and keeping them divided. He also began to study in depth about the Revolutionary ideas that had caused a history of uprising in the indigenous community of his Native South America. Although pressured to turn states evidence before and during his bid, he refused the DA and lawyers. He was facing a 5-10 stretch, but the hiring of a pittbull attorney helped him compile the cases without turning snitch like his co-defendants. The result was a 1-2 year sentence in the mountains, 6 hours away from the city. There Technique studied, worked out vigorously, began to document his lyrics, and create songs. Besides the creation there was destruction, and the fights were nothing compared to the verbal battles that he engaged in occasionally. This proved to be a foreshadowing of what was to come...
Paroled in 1999, Immortal Technique returned to NYC and began a campaign to claim victory to what he had discovered he had a talent for; battling. One of the rites of passage in establishing oneself in the Hip Hop community is following in the steps of those who made their name in lyrical warfare before you. Immortal Technique quickly became known throughout the underground. His brutally disrespectful style was trademark, and it was not long until he had won countless battles not just on stage and in clubs, but on the streets whenever a random cipher would pop up. From Rocksteady Anniversary, to Braggin Rites, SLAM DVD's and hookt.com's infamous battles, he established himself as someone who could captivate a crowd and who people looked forward to seeing. But it was then that Technique realized what every battle champion had come to terms with before him, battles was just that, battling, and not synonymous with success at making music. Turning his eye to production and touching up some of the songs he had written in prison he now focused on trying to get an album together, but major labels wanted a more pop friendly image and were uncomfortable with his hardcore street style that was complemented by his political views. In response to their lack of vision, Immortal Technique left the battle circuit and released his critically acclaimed Revolutionary Vol.1, which at first moved 3000 copies, but to date has moved more than 12,000. This earned him Unsigned Hype in the Source (11/02) and numerous articles in Elemental & Mass Appeal.
Established in the underground circuit Tech began another round of dealing with record labels unwilling to see the direction of his brutally honest and cultured rhymes. He decided to continue with what had been so successful, his hand to hand out the trunk hustle. In the post 9.11 climate, as the music industry crumbled, Immortal Technique built on the truth with a hardcore brand of street politics. Being featured in XXL, The Washington Post, and having been titled with the Hip Hop quotable in The Source (10/03) for his sophomore independent release Revolutionary Vol.2 was just the beginning.. On Viper Records, where he is the Executive VP, he sold 29,000 copies of Revolutionary Vol.2 to date and has appeared on soundtracks for new movies including the new Mario Van Peebles film "BAADASSSSS". Immortal Technique has also worked with Mumia Abu Jamal and AWOL magazine. His single "Industrial Revolution" released in conjunction with Uncle Howie Records hit #1 on CMJ and #50 on the Billboard charts. Recently back from a successful West Coast tour, Immortal Technique is now booking a European tour in the Fall of 2004 and recording his highly anticipated third album...
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Dance with the devil | Reviewer: Merlina devon | 5/16/13
I know what they say.about eating with the devil.that makes me tink about illuminatie.i love hardcore,best immortal technique.i tell Nigerian politicians beware because a dance with the devil might last u foreva
Leaving the past | Reviewer: elexious | 5/12/13
in ths track u xposed a lot of things i didnt knw,ths was the best nd the mst emotional track ive ever heard 4rm u albums,at 1st i didnt lyk da track bt tht was 4 no reasn until,da day i bought maself a phone,nw im wakin up to ths song,its lyk im goin insane if i dnt listen to the track 4 30min. I felt inlove wit da trck bck whn i startd doin hstry at skul tht was in 2010. It took me abt a month 2 knw da track. I WANT TO THANK U 4 OPENING MY EYES...UR DA BEST 0837451208 tht ma numbr I BLIEVE IN WAT U SAY
Cause of death | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/7/13
Yo wat up Tech, thnk u 4 being da brave persn u r...witout u I wouldn't knw anythn abt wats hppnin arwnd me, stay blessed nd ol da siners stay cursed. Im proud of ya, no ada m.c mks a lot of fire besyd u...ada mc's wat thy know is 2 attck witout reasn, dey sell their souls jst 4 mney dats inferior. Big up 2 u dawg.
Angels and Deamons | Reviewer: Tommy D | 4/7/13
Yo Technique u healed my soul ..an nw i knw which to go keep up with tha good work brother! Im for ever tankfull and i listen to your musc everyday i actually feed my soul with you ,02186295 i wanne be whre you are give me a call if you got my massage peace dawg!
CAUSE OF DEATH | Reviewer: ISAAC SUNDAY | 3/28/13
i will love to kall u godz of rap cos u made me wana slap my fello nigerian senetor i will love to drop my numba wen ever it recheas u becoz i wana be part of u til death seperet us 08160989715 love u en will to c u isaac in negeria plz search for me
Rap icon | Reviewer: Kaz d bat man | 12/27/12
Wen i first heard technique song i neva lyk it until wen i paid atention! Bt nw i bliv dat u r truely a saint. Guys i'll advice u 2 listen 2 "the point of no return" by technic u'll b amazed technique is a legend of ol tym! Mo greese 2 ur elbow dawg. One luv!
speak your mind | Reviewer: Triple m profit | 11/6/12
Xup Tech, you are truely the best rapper of all time. for been my mentor i'm keeping it real out here too, no one i'll critise ya music in presence believe is true peace to yall.
no mercy | Reviewer: shadowlandzz | 6/11/12
im a weapon it fires/lyrical projectilez with no mercy!!Yoh dawg u da best rapper ever produced lyk u said it!!heard da revolutionary vol.1,2 da martyr da middle passage da 1st passage da 3rd world nw can't wait to hear 4rm you,WHEN ARE U REALISING MAN!and be4 i 4get "HOLLA TO MA HOME GIRL JEAN GRAE"PEACE
evergreen my real hero rap magician | Reviewer: 1000.mylz | 3/31/12
u re ablessing to many feeling curesd but to the wicked system u re the judgement of god,ur word is sword as a sword of justice,eternal and imortal is ur lyrical rhyme technique,u re unique
god of rap | Reviewer: swag khid | 12/26/11
Yo tech,u spit like u were born with a mic on ur right hand and an empty book of truth on ur left, and now practically filling up dat book and spitting on d mic d words of truth clearly for d world to hear. Ur lyrics are revolutionary immortal and I so much admire dose techniques......u inspired underground MC's like me n my dawg down here in nigeria. Tech we need u to come visit down here in nigeria, the worlds most corrupt country in d world.......Come blow our fuckin leaders cover,try to go tru the countries political reviews and history den u ll see how much u ll be adding to dat book of truth. U are d god of rap tech ! U dnt speak d truth, U are d truth...big ups bro!
Eye in the Sky | Reviewer: Matt Sims | 11/8/11
Peace to you Tech. My man.
I'll say first, thankyou, thankyou for being on the Earth at this time. Many people on this planet are greatful for your existence. You give words to so many who feel voiceless, and for the one with a fire burning in the heart and throat, much strength and inspiration. Damn son. The Martyr, Eyes in the sky, truth truth truth, that shit makes me put my one hand over my heart, head down, one hand in the air, middle finger backwards. Yabasta homie. Thankyou!
Revolutionary! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/31/11
Intelligence, Passion & Justice are what tech's lyrics are .. Only artist I'd actually go out n buy the album of n pay to go see the rest are all as fake as their audio tuned voice.. Demolishs any rapper lyrically on the charts now n to come,Tech does not only educate, but inspires.
Everyone wants to censor him cos no one likes the truth! Lyrical Legend! You taught me the power of Knowledge!
Would love to see Tech in Australia !
He is so right ! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/31/11
I'm from Australia I was recently watching a documentary on central and south America about how corporate mining company's abuse the land of the country and disillusion the people.. The south American's n Mexican people don't know how beautiful their country is the mountains the deserts the villages and their culture so exotic n beautiful..n they all move to America like WTF? N it's true the woman dye their hair blonde n try n look like white women, n white woman try n look more exotic like latina women? I don't get it but I can understand y tech is so pissed off!! I'm pissed off at white ppl n I am white !
ur da illest emcee | Reviewer: thaps | 3/24/11
yor! I realy love ur musiq coz it keeps da hip-hop life goin wit da lyrical cntent as nwadays we r lacking wit da 2ru emcees...lets keep independent hip hop flyng high coz its da heart nd soul of our culture..keep da truth alive,big ups 2 u dawgy
*The best rapper eva produced* | Reviewer: Nhlayiso makamu | 2/23/11
U'v changed me mentaly n lyrically coz ur music n ur massage made me to feel gifted empirically i was born intellignt bt u tought me to be street-smart. I listen to ur muziq everyday, u inspire, the rawest niggar which wil neva expire and plz cum to SOUTH AFRICA bcoz me n my people need ur insperation. Peace n love to TECHNIQUE n to all my african people!!
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