Immortal Technique

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Immortal Technique (real name Felipe Coronel) is a Latin-American underground rapper, left-wing activist and a particularly active-imagination conspiracy theorist.

While he appears to consider himself a revolutionary socialist,[1] likely with reference to his various anti-war and anti-conservative stances, such a position is impossible to square with his overt homophobia, transphobia, misogyny and general machismo posing — placing him nearer the tankies as far as the left side of the spectrum is concerned.

His few nuggets of genuine progressivism are further overshadowed by his overt and public endorsement of various wild theories regarding the September 11 attacks, his belief in the impending New World Order and for being the type of person who voluntarily spends time with Alex Jones.[2]

Contents

[edit] Musical Revolutionary

Despite his first album's title, Revolutionary Vol. 1 only contains political-themed lyrics every now and then thrown in for good measure. The most coherent exposures of his ideas can be found in two non-rap monologues, one detailing his unfavorable views on the vegetarian/vegan movement[3] and the other in which he laments the precarious state of minorities and immigrants in the US.[4] The rest of the album is generally battle-rap in political clothing, as he tends to throw a bone to political-minded listeners usually mentioning his displeasure with a specific injustice in the US. However being released around the time of 9/11, which possibly turned a lot of millennials to politics (and worse to all types of conspiracy theories), and also due to an infamous track where he recounts an alleged real life experience of raping a woman[5] which Technique, for the sake of his dignity, has said was only meant metaphorically to highlight how gang culture negatively affects women in the Latino and Black community,[6] it was enough to amass a cult following, selling 40,000 copies independently.[7]

Onward from his second album, Technique's songs are far more coherent than on his first offering, where Revolutionary Vol. 2 includes Bush-bashing at its finest and sadly 9/11 trutherism at its worst. The 3rd World and The Martyr continue the direction from Vol. 2 but also take a closer look at the problems of developing countries which are negatively affected by US foreign policy.

[edit] Reactionary Revolutionary

I never make songs to disrespect women
or to judge people about the way that they're living
—Immortal Technique[8]

Despite claiming to be a revolutionary at every chance that he gets, Immortal Technique has quite the history of making counter-revolutionary statements which are in line with most of the discriminating things the typical unrevolutionary rapper raps about.

[edit] Homophobia

  • "Immortal Technique incinerate degenerate fags"[8]
  • "I'm a Neo-Sapien but y'all are still acting like homos"[9]
  • "and your crew is full of more faggots than Greek mythology."[10]
  • "why you trying to be hardcore, you fucking homo-thug/and don't be sensitive and angry at the shit that I wrote/Cause if you can take a fucking dick, you can take a joke"[11]

and at last a more hidden homophobic comment:

  • "You play Scarface when a microphone's in the room/But you more like Pacino in Dog Day AfternoonWikipedia's W.svg"

In an old interview, Technique was asked about the relationship between hip-hop and homosexuality and he had the following wisdom to share: "As for homophobia, hip hop never embraced faggots. One can’t deny that there are probably rappers, DJs and fans that are mo's but I think since the culture was based around proving ones manhood; acting like a fruitpop isn’t gonna get you anywhere.”[12] To his credit, Technique has evolved from these positions[13][14] and actually his album The Martyr is devoid of homophobic slurs (if you count transphobia as separate from homophobia).

However, when pressed to comment, he does his best to talk carefully about the issue, believing that calling someone a homophobic slur in a rap song isn't usually meant to be homophobic and only to describe someone as "weak." Therefore as he equates terms associated with homosexuality with weakness, whether they are positive or negative, he has to label historical figures like Julius Caesar as negatively-connotated "ambiguously heterosexuals" instead of just homosexuals or bisexuals because apparently it still is too much to ask to say straight-up that there were/are non-heterosexuals with the same stereotypical masculine and strong qualities of the unambiguous heterosexuals. Further, Technique explains his original homophobia being incited by an experience during his prison term when he overheard two inmates who wanted to rape a 19-year old inmate whom he saved by threatening both of them.[14]

[edit] Toxic masculinity and misogyny

  • "You get no props in hip-hop like feminine men"[15]
  • "And don't talk about war, when niggaz know that you puss"[11]
  • "Picking up your wack ass friends that rhyme and being like 'Oh yeah, Immortal Technique, he's aight.' No nigga: Your mom is pussy, that's aight"[16]
  • "that's your girl, bitch get over here, give me some brain/I'll bust off on her face, and right after the segment/She'll probably rub it in her pussy, tryna get herself pregnant"[11]

While discussing the growing feminine trend in hip-hop, Technique argues that he doesn't care as it's not his business what other people do privately and contrary to others doesn't believe it is a concerted effort of record company CEOs to feminize the genre and make people of color be perceived as less dangerous to the public. However it would be harder for him take someone seriously if they were wearing a tutu in a business meeting[18] and to be totally clear on his actual patriarchal thoughts he deems the increasing femininity as another "ridiculous trend" and a "weird" one at that.[19]

[edit] Transphobia

  • "I'll do a freak show in North Korea, burning the flag/while J. Edgar Hoover politicians dress up in drag"[20]
  • "Run to the coon picnic and try to pick up a mammy/But half of y'all are faggots trying to pick up a tranny"[21]
  • "And men who don't even like women control the business/That's why the women look like men and the men like bitches"[22]

Similar to his changing stance on homosexuality, Technique has also changed his views on transgender people, despite still showing a lack of understanding when asked about Caitlyn Jenner for feeling "like a woman who's attracted to women", a mere thought which was enough for him to scoff at.[23]

[edit] Promotion of rape culture

  • "But rumor has it that you're getting raped like Lil' Bow Wow"[24]
  • "And if you're pissed off 'cause you think that I dissed you/I rape your moms and we can make this a personal issue"[8]
  • "You not strong enough to do a song with me, I'm the truth/Like Tina Turner motherfucker, you'll get raped in a booth"[25]

[edit] Revolutionary Revolutionary

[edit] Political

Technique very often mentions socialism and/or communism as a preferred political system[26][27] and believes that these are a "natural part of human development."[28] He is vague about which of the infinite number of socialist schools of thought he embraces. In one song he calls for the nationalization of the industry[29] and in one of his later "speeches" on record, he seems to favor collective working.[30]
Obviously not a stranger to contradicting himself, as he has been a vocal anti-vegetarian on his first album, his mind has been changed on a visit to New Zealand into supporting a primitivist look on where a human being should live, namely "near a tree" while "eating fruits and vegetables" which would probably make humans smarter in the end.[31]
He is also known to be a staunch anti-conservative (except for his own conservative views, see above).

[edit] Distribution of his music

Pirating his music seems to be of no concern to him and he even actively encourages it as a way to spread his message.[11][32][33] So go ahead and pay your favorite piracy website a visit... on the other hand he has released his album The Martyr free of charge, which obviously makes piracy superfluous.

[edit] Abortion

Technique has a weird and unhealthy obsession over abortions and fetuses as he often makes use of both as punchlines in his songs. As for the other points he raises, he is also contradictory if he either supports the right to abortion,[34] or opposes it when it's his child getting the shaft.[35]

[edit] Abrahamic Revolutionary

start to resonate to the spot where Moses caused the sea to separate

the place where the prophet Muhammad started to levitate
the exact moment where Jesus rose dead awake

and Siddhartha became the Buddha that regenerates
—Immortal Technique[36]

Technique's music is chock full of spiritual messages and he has also stated that he is a man who believes in God[37] and he loves to state that "a man that walks with God can walk anywhere."[37][38][39] He seems rather ambivalent to which set of ideas he follows as he has made positive statements about Christianity,[40] Islam[41] and Judaism,[20] sometimes even during the same statement: "I would love for Jesus to come back because I would love for him to face what is happening and to really have some sort of perspective. In that same respect, I’m sure that Prophet Muhammad would be disgusted by what some people use his name to justify."[38]
However contrary to these statements and his belief in God, he holds a negative view of organized religion or religion in general[20][42] and either thinks the "word of God" would be untainted if it wasn't for "religious groupies"[43] or ponders if it is "lost in the man"[44] because even if he questions religion it doesn't mean that he's "spitting in God's face" and accuses people of following a religion of doing exactly that.[38]
Trying to prove that he is closer to God than his adversaries, he even asks the "Father" in one of his songs to forgive the actions of the Bush administration "for they don't know right from wrong."[34] Ironically, he shares the ridiculous opinion of the wingnuts he opposes that we are currently in the apocalyptic stage of mankind described in the book of Revelations.[34]

[edit] Moonbat Revolutionary

You leery of conspiracy theory but hear me
Throw a business perspective, it makes more sense clearly
—Immortal Technique,[32] has it all figured out

[edit] GMOs, AIDS, Vaccination, etc.

Technique is an anti-GMO advocate, as the government "feeds us genetically modified garbage"[21] and asserts his flow to be "cancerous milk like Monsanto's",[45] even claiming that if he's charged by his detractors of drinking "left-wing kool-aid", that it possibly tastes as good as "right-wing Monsanto milk."[46]. This is a stupid comparison for many reasons as Monsanto has never sold a single drop of milk (the only edible things the company sells are GM-seeds) and if they actually did it's completely different to Jim Jones' cyanide cocktail as nobody is religiously conditioned to drink milk from any specific dairy corporation.

He is also certain that a cure for AIDS exists which is held back by the powers that be.[32][47] As he has no single shred of evidence for the existence of a cure to AIDS which he wants released now to save people, he's ironically against vaccinations (which actually exist and save people) but according to him these are lethal for containing mercury. What makes him so sure that this holy-grail-AIDS-remedy, which existence he believes in, doesn't contain mercury as well?
If all this crankery hasn't been enough, Technique has actually seen marijuana cure racism[48] - however he made sure to quickly relativize his statement to not sound like a complete unscientific moron.

[edit] New World Order, Illuminati, Masons, MK-Ultra, etc.

And you can't fathom the truth, so you don't hear me

You think Illuminati's just a fucking conspiracy theory?

That's why Conservative racists are all running shit
—Immortal Technique,[34] not realizing wingnuts share the same thoughts about liberals

Technique believes in a vast array of conspiracy theories, including the New World Order which was born on 9/11 according to him.[34] He also thinks his relentless act of exposing and mentioning the powers which secretly govern the world, will get him killed eventually.[49][50] As more than a decade has passed without an attempt on his life, he has made clear that he doesn't believe in the general take on secret societies as people "wearing robes" and having "sex in a weird room" but that he actually means lobbyists and corporations and conveniently shifts the conversation to Monsanto[51] or Walmart[52] as the true embodiments of Illuminati-like entities.
But make no mistake, even if he denounces crazier interpretations of almighty organizations, he believes that "they" still have a price on his head and expects to be killed after the release of his presumably last album The Middle Passage as it will be a "very brutal look on reality"[53] which will apparently be too much for Illuminati-esque powers to stomach. However he plans to avoid his potential timely demise[53] (maybe taking a cue from Edward Snowden and residing in the tundra?) but for someone who is so paranoid and stricken by conspiracy theories it is pretty stupid on his part to reveal these thoughts prematurely in any shape or form because now "they" have all the necessary information and the valuable time Technique has bought "them" to thwart his escape in advance.

[edit] Horseshoe revolutionary

Technique is one of the few lefties that Alex Jones actually tolerates as Jones has accepted their ideological differences without going (more) insane, claiming that he agrees with 85% of what Immortal Technique stands for.[54] Both have favorable views on conspiracy theory loon Webster TarpleyWikipedia's W.svg[55] and Jones says about Technique that he's the most informed guy that he knows.[56] You could almost believe they are friends in how cordially they talked in a "fact-driven" discussion[57] and both near-orgasmed over a rifle[58] while Technique was on Jones' show. Fact is that the two have protested together[59] and Jones says that he has hung out with Technique and been to a few concerts of his.[60] There is absolutely nothing wrong in being friends with someone who has diametrically opposing political views (even if its a crazy-man like Alex Jones) but if you want to see the Horseshoe theory in action, you don't need to look any further.

[edit] Charitable Revolutionary

Contrary to other conspiracy theorists out there who, let's be honest, only philosophize about their crazy ideas to enrich themselves, Technique actually uses his monetary gains from, um, 'raising awareness' for charitable concerns presumably as a way to fight the symptoms of the Free Mason/Illuminati/New World Order entity trying to wreck the world. This is positive for the charity organizations involved but looking at it from another angle this might also be negative considering other people of his ilk might damn well know that they're talking shit whereas Technique could be a true kool-aid drinker.

Anyway he has been involved in aid activities in Afghanistan, where he funded the construction of an orphanage/clinic/school[61] by using a portion of his "Underground Hip Hop money", an act which he considers "revolutionary."[62]

[edit] See Also

[edit] References

  1. https://www.rt.com/op-edge/chavez-capitalism-immortal-technique-762/
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hUPdkxsOV8
  3. Beef and Broccoli lyrics
  4. The Poverty of Philosophy lyrics
  5. Dance with the Devil lyrics
  6. Gerardo Garcia III, Immortal Technique - Revolutionary Vol. 2 (Interview after Revolutionary Vol. 2 release), 2004.
  7. Sales of Revolutionary Vol. 1
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Crossing the Boundary lyrics
  9. Top of the Food Chain (Remix) lyrics
  10. Hidden Track lyrics
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Obnoxious lyrics
  12. Homophobia in "Conscious" Rap
  13. Immortal Technique expounds his views
  14. 14.0 14.1 Immortal Tech. Explains How Trauma Can Influence Homosexuality June 25, 2015,
  15. 15.0 15.1 Creation & Destruction lyrics
  16. The Message and the Money lyrics
  17. No Mercy lyrics
  18. Immortal Technique Addresses Growing Feminine Trend in Hip Hop
  19. Immortal Technique Addresses Growing Feminine Trend in Hip Hop
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Leaving the Past lyrics
  21. 21.0 21.1 Bin Laden (Remix) lyrics
  22. Natural Beauty lyrics
  23. Immortal Tech. Explains How Trauma Can Influence Homosexuality, @ 3:29, June 25, 2015
  24. Positive Balance lyrics
  25. Arm Yourself lyrics
  26. The Prophecy lyrics
  27. Young Lords lyrics
  28. Alex Jones interview
  29. The 3rd World lyrics
  30. Ultimas Palabras lyrics
  31. EXCLUSIVE: IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE - THE RAPSTATION INTERVIEW - PART ONE, October 2nd, 2013
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 Reverse Pimpology lyrics
  33. Burn this lyrics
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 34.3 34.4 The Cause of Death lyrics
  35. Internally Bleeding lyrics
  36. Frontlines lyrics
  37. 37.0 37.1 Alex Jones interview
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 A lyrical revolution - Interview with Immortal Technique, August 8th, 2006
  39. The Martyr lyrics
  40. Revolutionary lyrics
  41. Lick Shots lyrics
  42. Eyes in the Sky lyrics
  43. Sign of the Times lyrics
  44. One (Remix) lyrics
  45. Treason lyrics
  46. Alex Jones interview
  47. Toast to the Dead lyrics
  48. Immortal Technique "I've seen marijuana CURE racism" Oct 2015
  49. The Point of no Return lyrics
  50. The 4th Branch lyrics
  51. Immortal Technique Discusses Illuminati Oct 16, 2013
  52. Alex Jones interview
  53. 53.0 53.1 Immortal Technique Remains Hip-Hop's Loudest Militant Rapper. But for How Long?
  54. Alex Jones interview
  55. Alex Jones interview
  56. Alex Jones interview
  57. Alex Jones interview
  58. Alex Jones interview
  59. YouTube: Immortal Technique & Alex Jones @ Ground Zero 911
  60. Alex Jones interview
  61. The Sub Zinfo: Immortal Technique Speaks On Building School In Afghanistan, Social Activism and New Album 3 May 2012
  62. Immortal Technique Pens Letter To Afghanistan Orphanage
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