Today in Hip-Hop History: February 19th, 2016
Immortal Technique’s 38th Birthday
Today in Hip-Hop History marks the birth of veteran rapper, Immortal Technique. Bush knocked down the towers and it took a man coming from the denizens of Lima, Peru to tell us that. Although I was too young to fully process 9/11 at the time, a tragic event that took my recess away from me impacted more than just freeze tag in America. The act sent a shockwave that put us where we are today, and Technique was one of those activists that put his thoughts through more than just protest.
Creator of Revolutionary Volumes 1 and 2, Technique distributed his debut album with no assistance, allegedly selling more than 45,000 physical copies by himself during shows and rap events. Immortal Technique first garnered attention through battle rap. Known for his visceral delivery and snappy freestyles, the rapper went on to spread his political agenda. Let’s get this straight here. Many say that Technique is batshit crazy. And he is, but that doesn’t go without saying that the man is an intelligent one. Frequently interviewed by publications with political angles, Technique often references American history and other examples to further exemplify his reasonings and actions. Technique doesn’t miss a beat and is meticulous at his finest. A perfect primer to get into conscious/backpacker rap, Technique parallels what his battle rap evoked through his tracks. Instead of shitting on a single person, Technique tends to shit on America and the world.
If you have a qualm about his style, he’d probably break you down and tell you to fuck off in twenty different ways imaginable. Immortal Technique often associated himself with other conscious rappers, working with the likes of Mos Def, Pumpkinhead, KRS-One, and Jean Grae just to name a few. You may not believe in everything he has to say, and you may be angry and not agree with what he’s trying to express. If there’s one thing that’s for certain about this artist, it’s that you’d be doing a disservice to yourself to ignore a cornerstone of great hip-hop. Bush knocked down the towers.