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10-14-2006, 10:46 PM
A lyrical revolution - Interview with Immortal Technique
By FinalCall.com News
Updated Aug 8, 2006, 01:32 pm

Immortal Technique.com (http://www.immortal-technique.com/) (Official Site)http://www.finalcall.com/artman/uploads/1on1_logo_gold1c_002.jpg He is Peruvian and his grandfather is Black. His lyrics are filled with awareness of the struggles of oppressed people all over the world. His name is Immortal Technique and he was recently in Chicago to perform in the Lyrics for Liberty II benefit concert, organized on the campus of DePaul University by Students for Justice in Palestine group to raise money for a childrenís organization. He sat down with Final Call Online Correspondent Ashahed Muhammad for a broad discussion of current events, the global struggle for peace and justice, and the role of hip hop in that struggle.
Ashahed Muhammad (AM): What is the root of your consciousness, your political education because of your obvious grasp of political affairs and the geo-political landscape in your music?
http://www.finalcall.com/artman/uploads/imm_techique.jpg Immortal Technique Immortal Technique (IT): I started when I was about nine years old. I could always write, spit a little freestyle here and there. It was something I really didnít take seriously until I was locked up in 1998 and right then and there I started writing more and actually constructing songs. When I got out of prison, I was on parole and I couldnít get no regular job. So my solution was to find any side hustle I could get. On the side, I would do these emcee battles and I was successful. I won most of them in New York City. I realized that I wrote a lot of the songs based on that concept of revolution, whether it was global or happening in Harlem, to combat gentrification, or where I was hanging out in Washington Heights where it was just a drug game.
It just dawned on me that a lot of these songs are about these specific things in my hood and other hoods. So I called the album Revolutionary, Volume One and started hustling the street. Sold maybe 7,000 albums and then I started working on the next album. I was connected with a man who later became my financial advisor and then I became associated with Viper Records. I definitely learned a lot about the music industry. I choose to stay independent so that I can have the ability to say what I want to say.
AM: What are some of your upcoming projects?
IT: Green Lantern, thatís a mix tape thatís ...................................

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10-14-2006, 11:48 PM
Always spittin knowledge, I really respect this dude he stands true to what he says.

10-15-2006, 12:39 AM
^^Word. This brotha's just crazy insightful. He's like our generation's KRS-One. Mad love to that cat for real.

Sicka than aidZ
10-15-2006, 12:56 AM
thanx man thats awesome

Prince Rai
10-15-2006, 05:31 AM
hes honest and consistent with his music. i have a lot of respect for him.

10-15-2006, 10:52 AM
yea i like his albums

10-15-2006, 10:45 PM
Great thread, co-sign with everyone above. 'Nuff respect for Immortal Technique

10-15-2006, 11:43 PM
dude is a beast on the mic. cant wait for the middle passage.