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Immortal Technique

Background information
Birth name Felipe Andres Coronel
Born August 6, 1978 (1978-08-06) (age 31)
Lima, Peru[1]
Origin Harlem,New York City, New York, United States
Genres Hip Hop
Political rap
Occupations Rapper
MC
Political activist
Record Label General Manager
Years active 2000–present
Labels Viper
Website ImmortalTechnique.com

Felipe Andres Coronel (born august,10 1978), better known by the stage name Immortal Technique, is a Peruvian American rapper and political activist. He was born in Lima, Peru and raised in Harlem, New York.[2] Most of his lyrics focus on political issues. The views expressed in his lyrics are largely a mixture of commentary on issues such as politics, poverty, religion, social class and racism.

Immortal Technique has voiced a desire to keep control over his production,[3] and has stated in his music that record companies, not artists themselves, profit the most from mass production and marketing of music. He claimed in an interview to have sold close to 200,000 units of his three official releases.[4]

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Biography

Early life

Coronel was born in a military hospital in Lima.[1] His family immigrated in 1980 to Harlem to escape the ongoing internal conflict in Peru.[5] During his teenage years he was arrested multiple times due in part to what he has said was "selfish and childish" behavior. He attended Hunter College High School on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Shortly after enrolling in Pennsylvania State University, he was arrested and charged with assault-related offences due to his involvement in an altercation between some fellow students and drug dealers. The charges stemming from this incident led to his being incarcerated for a year.[1][6]. After being paroled, he took political science classes at Baruch College in New York City for two semesters at the behest of his father, who allowed Coronel to live with him on the condition that he go to school.[7] Although he was able to rhyme since childhood, it was Coronel's frustrations about his incarceration, sociopolitical issues and the need to provide income for his family that were the motivations driving him to think of music as a career. Honing his songwriting skills in jail, and unable to find decent wage-paying employment after his release, Coronel began selling his music on the streets of New York while battling with MCs whenever the opportunity arose.[8][9][10] This, coupled with his victories in numerous freestyle rap competitions of the New York underground hip hop scene such as Rocksteady Anniversary, Braggin Rites and others, led to his reputation as a ferocious Battle MC.[11]

Revolutionary Vol 1 album and Revolutionary Vol 2 album

In 2001, Immortal Technique released his first album Revolutionary Vol. 1 without the help of a record label or distribution, instead using money earned from his rap battle triumphs[11]. Revolutionary Vol 1 also contained the underground classic Dance With The Devil. In November 2002, he was listed by The Source as the month's featured "Unsigned Hype", which highlights artists that are not signed to a record label. The following year, in September 2003, he received the coveted "Hip Hop Quotable" in The Source for a song entitled "Industrial Revolution" from his second album[11]. Consequently, since he did not have a record deal or distribution at the time, Immortal Technique is the only rapper in history to have a "Hip Hop Quotable" while being unsigned[11]. He released his second album Revolutionary Vol. 2 in 2003. In 2004, Viper Records and, in 2005, Babygrande Records have re-released Immortal Technique's debut, Revolutionary Vol. 1, to make it available to a wider audience. "Point of No Return" from Revolutionary Vol 2 was used as the entrance theme for Rashad Evans during the UFC 88 Main Event between Chuck Liddell and Rashad Evans..and

"Bin Laden" song, "This Revolution" movie and "Impeach the President" song

Immortal Technique (left) at the Roskilde Festival, 2006.

The summer of 2005 saw the release of "Bin Laden", a vinyl single 12" featuring Mos Def and DJ Green Lantern. The single also contained a remix of the song featuring two other rap legends: Chuck D of Public Enemy and KRS-One. For many, the issue became more controversial in the history of hip hop because he blamed the Reagan administration (which provided military training to the mujahideen in Afghanistan) and George W. Bush for the attacks of September 11, 2001.

A few months earlier that year, Immortal Technique appeared (as himself) in a documentary film entitled This Revolution, which was recorded during the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York. The tape contains the protests surrounding the convention in the form of a documentary. It also featured Viper Records affiliates, Akir and producer SouthPaw in roles.

Since then Immortal Technique has taken control of Viper Records and has signed a distribution deal with Babygrande Records / Koch to vent to their next album. SouthPaw has managed to establish himself as A&R of Viper Records.

In early 2006, the song "Impeach the President," featuring Dead Prez and Saigon turned up in the mixtape "Alive on Arrival" DJ Green Lantern. This is a simple version of The Honeydrippers, 1973, in which Immortal Technique asks listeners to organize a vote of censure against George W Bush.

"The 3rd World" album

Immortal Technique's third studio album, The 3rd World was released on June 24, 2008. The Third World was given an Underground Gold Award selling over 54,000 copies. He is set to release his next albums, Revolutionary Vol. 3.[12] and The Middle Passage, .

Charitable work with Omeid

In June 2008, Immortal Technique partnered with Omeid International (Non–Profit Human Rights Organization) to lend his support in this human rights organization. He dubbed his charitable work as "The Green Light Project." With the profits of "The 3rd World" album, Technique traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan to help Omeid build an orphanage without any corporate nor external funding. The orphanage was a success and is housing over 20 orphan children from Kabul. [13]

"Democratie Fasciste (Article 4)" song

In April of 2009, a new song leaked on the internet named "Democratie Fasciste (Article 4)" by Brazilian-French rapper Rockin' Squat which featured Immortal Technique. The official release of the song and Rockin' Squat's album " Confessions D'un Enfant Du Siècle Volume 2" was on May 12, 2009. The instrumental from the song was sampled from Wendy Rene - "After Laughter".The song expresses the inequalities of the Third World and revolutionary events throughout history against tyranny and oppression. The song contains lyrics in English (Immortal Technique), French (Rockin' Squat) and brief shout outs in Spanish (Immortal Technique). This song is Immortal Technique's first official international collaboration.[14]

"Voices of the Voiceless" song

In early 2009, it was announced that there would be a collaboration between Technique and U.K. underground artist Lowkey, on a single called "Voices of the Voiceless". On September 11, 2009, a "snippet" of the song was released on YouTube[15]. The preview was released ahead of its September 21 launch on iTunes, as part of a web-campaign that included updates, promotion and links on forums, E-Magazines and several social networking sites. The song's lyrics cover a broad range of issues that are familiar to listeners of both artists – racism, world revolution, war, socialism, government control, rape, famine, colonialism, Classism, self-determination and the war in Iraq.[16]

Social and political views

Immortal Technique's music is inspired by historical and often political figures such as Malcolm X, Che Guevara, César Chávez, Tupac Shakur, Augusto César Sandino, Farabundo Marti, Marcus Garvey, Túpac Amaru II, Juan Pablo Montoya, Jose Carlos Mariategui, W. E. B. Du Bois, Karl Marx, Toussaint L'Ouverture, Harriet Tubman, Emiliano Zapata, and Mumia Abu-Jamal.[17],[18]

Discography

Albums

Singles

References

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  2. ^ Springer Jr, Anthony (June 27, 2008). "Immortal Technique - The 3rd World". Hiphop Dx. http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/reviews/id.968/title.immortal-technique-the-3rd-world. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 
  3. ^ Frederick, Brendan, Immortal Technique Rock The Boat (Part I), http://www.xxlmag.com/online/?p=887, retrieved 2007-09-29 
  4. ^ "The 10 Questions Series: Immortal Technique". Flawless Hustle.com. September 16, 2009. http://www.flawlesshustle.com/interview/flawless-hustle-com-exclusive-the-10-questions-qa-session-series-immortal-technique/. Retrieved Sep 27, 2009. 
  5. ^ O'Neill, Olivia (Spring 2006). "Revolutionary Volume I & II by Immortal Technique". Socialist View (Socialist Party (Ireland)). http://www.socialistparty.net/pub/pages/viewspring06/8.htm. Retrieved 2009-02-01. 
  6. ^ Cepeda, Raquel (July 29, 2008). "More Articulate, Politically Charged Flame-Throwing from Immortal Technique". The Village Voice. http://www.villagevoice.com/2008-07-29/music/more-articulate-politically-charged-flame-throwing-from-immortal-technique/. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  7. ^ "Immortal Technique Discusses Faith, College and Jail". therawstory.com. 02-17-09. http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Part_two_Immortal_Technique_discusses__0217.html. Retrieved 06-04-09. 
  8. ^ "A Lyrical Revolution". FinalCall.com News. 2006-08-08. http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/article_2840.shtml. Retrieved 06-04-09. 
  9. ^ "Interview With Immortal Technique". Rapflava.com. 2006-11-29. http://www.rapflava.com/forums/immortal-technique-saya-obama-will-be-token-loser-in-08-a-118081.html. Retrieved 06-04-09. 
  10. ^ "Immortal Technique Interview". hip-hopkings.com. 2005-07-07. http://www.hip-hopkings.com/2005/07/immortal-technique-interview/. Retrieved 06-04-09. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Official Biography". Viper Records. http://www.viperrecords.com/imtech/bio.shtml. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  12. ^ Sick, Collin (2006-04-09). "Immortal Technique: Rock the Boat Part II". XXL Magazine. http://news.infoshop.org/article.php?story=20060409134218441. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  13. ^ Paine, Jake (June 24, 2008). "Immortal Technique Pens Letter To Afghanistan Orphanage". HipHopDX. http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.7184. Retrieved December 23, 2009. 
  14. ^ "Rockin Squat Ft. Immortal Technique - Démocratie Fasciste (Article 4)'". http://www.immortaltechnique.co.uk/Thread-Rockin-Squat-Ft-Immortal-Technique-D%C3%A9mocratie-Fasciste-Article-4-2009. 
  15. ^ Ian, (SO Empire). "Voices of the Voiceless Snippet". http://www.hiphopdx.com/messageboard/viewtopic.php?t=46457. 
  16. ^ C.W., Hip Hop Radio. "Lowkey speaks on 'Voices'". http://conspiracyworldwide.podomatic.com/. 
  17. ^ Immortal Technique – Essence of Revolution. Latin Rapper. Accessed July 28, 2007.
  18. ^ Banter, Bruce, Immortal Technique Interview, http://www.playahata.com/pages/interviews/interview_immortaltechnique.htm, retrieved 2007-09-29 

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Immortal Technique (born Felipe Coronel) is a rapper and political activist originally from Peru and currently residing in New York City.

Contents

Albums

Revolutionary Vol. 1 (2001)

  • Attempts to extinguish me don't even bother me none. Like retarded kids throwing ice cubes at the sun, a victory against Immortal Technique will never be done.
    • The Prophecy
  • Until then I had alien women suck me off/when God said "let there be light" I turned it the fuck off.
    • Creation and Destruction
  • "He looked up into the sky because he was lonely and scared but only the devil responded because God wasn't there."
    • Dance With The Devil
  • Devils used to be God's angels that fell from the top. There is no diversity cos we're burnin in the melting pot.
    • Dance With The Devil
  • "Using numerology to count the people I sent to heaven produces more digits than twenty-two divided by seven."
    • Dance With The Devil - Hidden Track feat. Diabolic
  • "Immortal Technique will destroy your religion you stupid bitch, you're faker than blue-eyed crackers nailed to a crucifix."
    • Dance With The Devil - Hidden Track feat. Diabolic
  • "And rememba' something nigga' while you rave and rant, a roach can live for nine days without it's head but you can't"
    • Dominant Species
  • " I jerk off inside books, and give life to words, leaving concepts stuck together you've probably never heard"
    • Positive Balance
  • The problem with conformists will always be that when you try to change the system from within, it's not you who changes the system. It's the system that will eventually change you
    • The Poverty of Philosophy
  • I'd rather be proud of what I am, rather than desperately try to be something I'm really not, just to fit in. And whether we want to accept it or not, that's what this culture or lack of culture is feeding us.
    • The Poverty of Philosophy
  • Remember this revolution is born out of love for my people not hatred for others.
    • The Poverty of Philosophy
  • You cannot second guess yourself in these days and times. They're gonna throw whatever they can at you and you gotta be prepared for it. You gotta be prepared for anything.
    • Revolutionary
  • And fuck the president I voted for assassination
    • Revolutionary
  • "Stomp A Man Of Any complexion with a devilish nature, 'cause i'm tryin' to save the earth , but you're just gettin' in line to rape her"
    • Speak Your Mind
  • This is the final call, for all rappers that want to brawl / Immortal Technique, the wrong motherfucker to diss / I allowed god to let you motherfuckers exist.
    • Creation and Destruction
  • You don't want beef with people like me, so don't pretend; I'll resurrect your aborted baby and kill it again
    • Creation and Destruction

Revolutionary Vol. 2 (2003)

  • This is about you though, it ain't about Jesus / and you shouldn't fucking talk about telekinesis / nigga please, moving shit with your mind? / try moving ya moms out the projects with your rhymes
    • Crossing the Boundary
  • I never make songs that disrespect women / or that judge people about the way that they're living / but the way I am is based on the life I was given / Like those white boys "Losing My Religion"
    • Crossing the Boundary
  • Working your whole life wondering where the day went, the subway stays packed like a multicultural slaveship. It's rushhour 2.30 to 8 non-stoppin and people coming home after corporate sharecropping.
    • Harlem Streets
  • Mothers are trying to feed children / But gentrification is kicking them out of their building / A generation of babies born without health care / Families homeless, thrown the fuck off of welfare
  • Homicide Harlem blam! what's tha problem?
    • Harlem Streets
  • But you can't read history at an illiterate stage / And you can't raise a family on minimum wage
    • Harlem Streets
  • The odds are stacked against us like a casino / Think about it, most of the army is black and latino / And if you can't acknowledge the reality of my words / You just another stupid mother fucker out on the curb / Trying to escape from the ghetto with your ignorant ways / But you can't read history at an illiterate stage / And you can't raise a family on minimum wage / Why the fuck you think / most of us are locked in a cage.
    • Harlem Streets
  • They vote for us to go to war instantly, but none of their kids serve in the infantry.
    • Harlem Streets
  • If you go platinum it's got nothin' to do with luck / it just means that a million people are stupid as fuck
    • Industrial Revolution
  • The bling-bling era was cute, but it's about to be done. I leave you full eclipse (of clips) like the moon blocking the sun.
    • Industrial Revolution
  • My metaphors are dirty like herpes, but harder to catch, like an escape tunnel in prison I started from scratch.
    • Industrial Revolution
  • The things I've seen in life will make you choke by surprise / like an aborted fetus in a jar that opened its eyes
    • Internally Bleeding
  • That'll never be me, cause I'm leaving the past, like an abused wife with the kids, leaving yo' ass, like a drug addict, clean and sober, leaving the stash, unbreakable Technique, leaving the plane crash
    • Leaving the Past
  • You can make the future, but it starts with leaving the past
    • Leaving the Past
  • I hate it when they tell us how far we came to be, as if our people's history started with slavery.
    • Leaving the Past
  • Hell is not a place you go, if you ain't a christian, it's the failure, of your life's greatest ambition.
    • Leaving the Past
  • " Let's face it , you're basic, you aren't half the man that I am, I'll throw your gang sign up, and then i'll spit in my hand"
    • Obnoxious
  • Revolution is the birth to equality and the antithesis to oppression.
    • One (Remix)
  • But you know what the fuck I think is just pathetic and gay when niggaz speculate what the fuck 'Pac would say. You don't know shit, about a dead mans perspective and talking shit will get your neckbone disconnected, disrespected. Niggaz don't show no love why you trying to be hardcore, you fucking homo-thug and don't be sensitive and angry at the shit that I wrote cuz if you can take a fucking dick, you can take a joke.
    • Obnoxious
  • The voice of racism, preaching the Gospel is devilish. A fake church called the prophet Muhammad a terrorist, forgetting God is not religion but a spiritual bond and Jesus is the most-quoted prophet in the Qur'an.
    • The 4th Branch
  • They bombed innocent people trying to murder Saddam
    When they gave 'em those chemical weapons to go to war with Iran
    This is the information they hold back from Peter Jennings 'cause Condoleeza Rice is just a new-age Sally Hemmings.
    • The 4th Branch
  • How could this be, the land of the free, home of the brave.. indigenous holocaust and the home of the slaves. Corporate America dancing offbeat to the rhythm. You really think this country never sponsored terrorism? Human rights violations we continue the saga, El Salvador and the Contras in Nicaragua. And on top of that you still want to take me to prison, just cause I won't trade humanity for patriotism.
    • The 4th Branch
  • We don't get weapons contracts, nigga / We don't get cheap labor for our company, nigga / We ARE cheap labour, nigga / Turn off the news and read, nigga / read...
    • The 4th Branch
  • A bandana full of glittering generality, 'fighting for freedom' and 'fighting terror', but what's reality? Martial law is coming soon to the hood to kill you, while you hanging your flag out your project window.
    • The 4th Branch
  • I see the world for what it is, beyond the white and the black / The way the government downplays historical facts / 'Cuz the United States sponsored the rise of the Third Reich / Just like the CIA trained terrorists to the fight / Build bombs and sneak box cutters onto a flight
    • The Cause of Death
  • The devil crept into heaven, God overslept on the seventh, the new world order was born on September 11th.
    • The Cause of Death
  • And just so conservatives don't take it to heart, I don't think Bush did it, Cuz he isn't that smart.
    • The Cause of Death
  • And as a matter of fact Rumsfeld, Now that I think back, Without 9/11 you couldn't have a war in Iraq.
    • The Cause of Death
  • When I was a child, the Devil himself bought me a mic. But I refused the offer, 'cuz God sent me to strike, with skills unused like fallopian tubes on a dyke.
    • The Cause of Death
  • And Dick Cheney, you fuckin leech, tell them your plans. About building your pipelines through Afghanistan. And how Israeli troops trained the Taliban in Pakistan.
    • The Cause of Death
  • You better watch what the fuck flies outta your mouth / Or I'm a hijack a plane and fly it into your house.
    • The Cause of Death
  • Mothafucka's made me out of self-righteous hatred. And now you got yourself a virus, stuck in the matrix. A suicide bomber, strapped up ready to blow, lethal injection, strapped down, ready to go. Don't you understand they'll never let me live out in peace? Concrete jungle, guerrilla war out in the streets. Nat Turner with the single pitchfork and machete. The end of the world, mothafucka, you not ready. My people are so hungry they'll attack without reason, like a fucking dog ripping off the hand that feeds him. Immortal Technique is treason to the Patriot Act, so come and get me muthafucka, cause I'm not coming back.
    • The Point of No Return
  • Universal truth is not measured in mass appeal, this is the last time I kneel and pray to the sky, cause almost everything I was ever told was a lie
    • The Point of No Return
  • The kingdoms of Africa, and Mesopotamia, machine gunning your body with depleted uranium, this is the age of microchips and titanium, the dark side of the moon, and contact with aliens
    • The Point of No Return
  • This is the point from which I can never return, and if I back down now then forever I burn. This is the point from which I can never retreat cause if I turn back now there can never be peace. This is the point from which I will die or succeed, living the struggle, I know I'm alive when I bleed. From now on it can never be the same as before, cause the place that I'm from doesn't exist anymore
    • The Point of No Return

The 3rd World (2008)

  • They call us terrorists after they ruined our countries.
    • Death March
  • And that's not socialist mythology, This is urban warfare, to the streets of your psychology.
    • Death March
  • What Good is a good education with no direction like the right to vote with no one to vote for in an election
    • That's what It Is
  • And they might even have a black president but he’s useless, Cause he does not control the economy stupid
    • The 3rd World
  • And it’s amazing how they trained them, To be racist against themselves in the place they was raised in, You kept us caged in, Destroyed our culture and said that you civilized us, Raped our women and when we were born, you despised us, Gentrified us, agent provocateur divide us, And crucified every revolutionary messiah
    • The 3rd World
  • Cause jail culture didn't give you that fitted hat To memorize a ghostwritten shit verse and spit it back
    • Hollywood Driveby
  • Show me a pretty girl with the world stuck to her and i'll bet you there's a brother that's tired of fuckin' her. lots of nigga's girls is someone else's one-night stand
    • Reverse Pimpology
  • Most people are only players cause they got played, and have not let go of that shit since the seventh grade
    • Reverse Pimpology
  • Yeah you got your heart broke, life sucks doesn't it? but you shouldn't fuck up someone else's life because of it. someone did your mother like that, that's why you fatherless.
    • Reverse Pimpology
  • I hope one of my fans has one of your kids shot: and blames it on acid, prozac and slipknot
    • Reverse Pimpology
  • They say underground fans are all the color of Talcum, who the fuck you think buy 50 and Jay albums, who the fuck you think made Snoop and Dre platinum, call up any major record label and ask 'em
    • "Reverse Pimopology"
  • We were promised a better life in our home countries when we were told that privatized water and electricity would make things run more efficiently instead the quality remained almost the same and the price was increased until it became an unaffordable luxury
    • Open Your Eyes
  • The first payback that i would accomplish: i'd draft children from the senate and congress
    • Payback
  • I'd give a last name to every single son of a whore
    • Payback
  • Some people learn from mistakes and don't repeat them, Others try to block the memories and just delete them
    • Mistakes
  • How the fuck are you my dawg when there's no loyalty?
    • Mistakes
  • But if you on stage with the DEA, as your hype man, don't get yourself locked up and blame the white man.
    • Out on parole
  • I pray inside of me that one day you can be forgiven: For murdering the beautiful world in we used to live in
    • Crimes Of The Heart
  • Lost in the affection of strangers around you Instead of the lonely person who ever gave a fuck about you Thought you were happy, so you didn't come check me But then when he cheated or treated you incorrectly You conveniently realized that you could never forget me
    • Crimes Of The Heart
  • Cause the heart that betrays itself willingly Is like a nation that trades freedom for stability
    • Crimes Of The Heart
  • But liberty, to be loved on the surface is worthless
    • Crimes Of The Heart

Singles

  • They say the rebels in Iraq still fight for Saddam but that's bullshit. I'll tell you why it's totally wrong. Because if another country invaded the hood tonight it would be warfare through Harlem and Washington Heights. I wouldn't be fighting for Bush or white America's dream. I'd be fighting for my people's survival and self esteem.
  • I pledge no allegiance / Fuck the president's speeches / I'm baptized by America and covered in leeches
  • This shit is run by fake Christians, fake politicians. Look at they mansions, then look at the conditions you live in
  • They say the terrorism revolves around the Qu'ran, but that's stupid, I'll tell you why it's totally wrong.
  • Fuck trying to cash-in, nigga / I need more than advancements and a rented mansion / So while you little house niggas are singing and dancing / I'll kill you and take your land like an Israeli expansion
    • Watch Out - Freestyle

Fuck your chain, my people'll kill you for water Fuck fans nigga, I got soldier supporters

Watch out Freestyle

Cause it's too simple to shoot ya - I'll taser the roof of your mouth and electrocute ya

Watch Out Freestyle

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Immortal Technique
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Background information
Birth name Felipe Andres Coronel
Born Lima, Lima Province, Peru
Origin New York City, New York, United States
Genres hip hop, rap
Occupations Rapper, writer, poet, political activist, record label executive
Years active 2000–present
Labels Viper
Associated acts Black Pegasus, Andrew Jackson Jihad, French Quarter
Website Official website

Felipe Andres Coronel (born February 19, 1978 in Lima, Peru) is an Peruvian-American rapper better known by his stage name, Immortal Technique.

Immortal Technique's lyrics usually revolve around politics and racism.

Albums

Immortal Technique has released 3 studio albums:

Year Album
2001 Revolutionary Vol. 1
2003 Revolutionary Vol. 2
2008 The 3rd World







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