BIO Immortal Technique was born in a military hospital in Lima, Peru. His family immigrated in 1980 to Harlem to escape the ongoing internal conflict in Peru. 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 offenses 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. 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 Technique to live with him on the condition that he go to school Although he was able to rhyme since childhood, it was Technique’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 song writing skills in jail, and unable to find decent wage-paying employment after his release, Technique began selling his music on the streets of New York while battling with emcees whenever the opportunity arose. 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 emcee.
Revolutionary Vol. 1 and Revolutionary Vol. 2 albums
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. Revolutionary Vol. 1 also contained the underground classic "Dance With The Devil" track. 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. 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. 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.
"Bin Laden" song, This Revolution movie and "Impeach the President" song
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. Later on, Technique explained his thoughts in regards to conspiracy theories on 9/11 in "Cause of Death" and "The 4th Branch" tracks on Revolutionary Vol. 2.
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, with entitlement of full control, 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 to 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. It was given an Underground Gold Award selling over 54,000 copies. He is set to release his next albums, Revolutionary Vol. 3 and The Middle Passage, is set to come out in late 2010.
Charitable work with Omeid
In June 2008, Immortal Technique partnered with Omeid International (non–profit human rights organization) to lend his support. 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.
"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 Technique's first official international collaboration.
"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. 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, classcism, self-determination and the war in Iraq.
Social and Political Views
Immortal Technique's music is inspired by historical and often political figures such as Ali, Malcolm X, Che Guevara, César Chávez, Augusto César Sandino, Marcus Garvey, Túpac Amaru II, Jose Carlos Mariategui, W. E. B. Du Bois, Karl Marx, Toussaint L'Ouverture, Harriet Tubman, Emiliano Zapata, Confucius, Plato, and Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Immortal Technique appeared as himself in a docudrama 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.
The (R)evolution of Immortal Technique is a documentary about Immortal Technique released on DVD on July 10, 2012 on Viper Records. It was also showcased at the Harlem Film Festival in Sept. 2011.
12" Vinyl Singles
2003 Industrial Revolution / Peruvian Cocaine
* Released: 2003
* Label:Uncle Howie Records
2004 The Point Of No Return / Internally Bleeding / Caught In A Hustle
* Released: Uncle Howie Records
* Label: Uncle Howie Records
2005 Bin Laden (Remix/Pt. 2) feat. Chuck D & KRS One / Bin Laden feat. Mos Def (Original)
* Released: 2005
* Label: Babygrande, Viper Records
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