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Felipe Andres Coronel (born February 19, 1978), better known by the stage name Immortal Technique, is a Peruvian-American hip hop recording artist and activist. Most of his lyrics focus on controversial issues in global politics. His lyrics are largely commentary on issues such as politics, socialism, class struggle, poverty, religion, government, imperialism, economics and institutional racism. Immortal Technique
Immortal Technique
has aims to retain control over his production,[1] 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 a combined total of 200,000 copies of his first three official releases.[2]


1 Early life 2 Musical career

2.1 2000–2005: Revolutionary Vol. 1
Revolutionary Vol. 1
and Revolutionary Vol. 2 2.2 2005–present: The 3rd World, The Martyr and The Middle Passage 2.3 Collaborations

3 Activism

3.1 Charitable work

4 Other work

4.1 Films

4.1.1 The (R)evolution of Immortal Technique 4.1.2 This Revolution

5 Discography

5.1 Studio albums 5.2 Compilation album 5.3 Singles

6 References 7 External links

Early life Coronel is Peruvian
and was born in a military hospital in Lima.[3] He is of mostly Amerindian descent, although also has Spanish, French and African ancestry.[4] His family emigrated to Harlem, New York
Harlem, New York
in 1980.[5][6] 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
Hunter College High School
on the Upper East Side
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 fellow students, the charges stemming from this incident led to him being incarcerated for a year.[3][7] After being paroled, he took political science classes at Baruch College in New York City
New York City
for two semesters at the behest of his father, who allowed Coronel to live with him on the condition that he goes to school.[8] Honing his rapping skills in jail, and unable to find decent wage-paying employment after his release, he began selling his music on the streets of New York and battling with MCs.[9][10][11] This, coupled with his victories in numerous freestyle rap competitions of the New York underground hip hop scene such as Rocksteady Anniversary and Braggin Rites, led to his reputation as a ferocious Battle MC.[12] Musical career 2000–2005: Revolutionary Vol. 1
Revolutionary Vol. 1
and Revolutionary Vol. 2 In 2001, Immortal Technique
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.[12] He also battled but lost to Posta Boy in 106 & Park's Freestyle Friday. Revolutionary Vol. 1
Revolutionary Vol. 1
also contained the underground classic Dance With The Devil. In November 2002, he was listed by The Source in its "Unsigned Hype" column, highlighting 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. Immortal Technique
Immortal Technique
is the only rapper in history to have a "Hip Hop Quotable" while being unsigned.[12] He released his second album Revolutionary Vol. 2
Revolutionary Vol. 2
in 2003. In 2004, Viper Records and, in 2005, Babygrande Records 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
UFC 88
Main Event between Chuck Liddell
Chuck Liddell
and Rashad Evans. 2005–present: The 3rd World, The Martyr and The Middle Passage

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

Between 2005 and 2007 Immortal Technique
Immortal Technique
began working on The Middle Passage and The 3rd World, the two albums that would serve a follow up to Revolutionary Vol. 2
Revolutionary Vol. 2
and complete the series. He was also featured on several movie soundtracks and video game soundtracks, all the while touring relentlessly. In October 2011, Immortal Technique
Immortal Technique
released The Martyr, a free compilation album of previously unreleased material and new tracks. [13] Collaborations The summer of 2005 saw the release of "Bin Laden", a vinyl single 12" featuring Mos Def
Mos Def
and DJ Green Lantern. The single also contained a remix of the song featured Chuck D
Chuck D
of Public Enemy and KRS-One. In early 2006, the song "Impeach the President", featuring Dead Prez
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 urged fans to organize a vote of censure against George W. Bush. In April 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's "After Laughter". The song expresses the inequalities of the Third World
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] In early 2009, it was announced that there would be a collaboration between Technique and UK 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] Activism Charitable work

Immortal Technique
Immortal Technique
performing in March 2010.

Immortal Technique
Immortal Technique
visits prisons to speak to youth and working with immigrant rights activists, and raising money for children’s hospitals overseas. He created a writing grant program for high school students as well.[citation needed] In June 2008, Immortal Technique
Immortal Technique
partnered with Omeid International, a non–profit human rights organization, and dubbed the work as "The Green Light Project". With the profits of the album The 3rd World, he traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan, to help Omeid build an orphanage without any corporate or external funding. The orphanage, having been successfully established, currently houses over 20 orphaned children from Kabul.[17] Other work Films Immortal Technique
Immortal Technique
featured in Ice-T's documentary Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap. The (R)evolution of Immortal Technique A documentary about Immortal Technique
Immortal Technique
was released in September 2011 and premiered at the Harlem Film Festival.[18] It was released on DVD on July 10, 2012. This Revolution Immortal Technique
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. Since then Immortal Technique
Immortal Technique
has taken control of Viper Records and has signed a distribution deal with Babygrande Records
Babygrande Records
/ E1 Entertainment to vent to their next album. SouthPaw has managed to establish himself as A&R of Viper Records. Discography Studio albums

Year Title Peak chart positions

US [19] US R&B [20] US Rap [21]

2001 Revolutionary Vol. 1

Release Date: September 14, 2001 Label: Viper Records Format: CD, digital download

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2003 Revolutionary Vol. 2

Release Date: November 18, 2003 Label: Viper Records Format: CD, digital download, LP

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2008 The 3rd World

Release Date: June 24, 2008 Label: Viper Records Format: CD, digital download, LP

99 36 12

Compilation album

Year Title

2011 The Martyr

Release Date: October 27, 2011 Label: Viper Records Format: CD, digital download, cassette


Year Song Album

2003 "Industrial Revolution" Revolutionary Vol. 2

2004 "The Point of No Return"

2005 "Bin Laden" (with Mos Def)

"Bin Laden (Remix)" (with Chuck D
Chuck D
and KRS-One)

"Caught in a Hustle" BAADASSSSS! Soundtrack

2007 "Stronghold Warriors" (with Poison Pen) Pick Your Poison (The Mark of the East)

2008 "The 3rd World" The 3rd World

2009 "Voices of the Voiceless" (with Lowkey) Soundtrack to the Struggle


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Immortal Technique
Rock The Boat (Part I)". Archived from the original on 2007-09-24. Retrieved 2007-09-29.  ^ unit sales (September 16, 2009). "The 10 Questions Series: Immortal Technique". FlawlessHustle.com. Archived from the original on September 17, 2011. Retrieved 2013-01-27.  ^ a b Brown, Marisa (2007). " Immortal Technique
Immortal Technique
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Immortal Technique
- The 3rd World". Hiphop Dx. Retrieved 2008-07-01.  ^ O'Neill, Olivia (Spring 2006). "Revolutionary Volume I & II by Immortal Technique". Socialist View. Socialist Party (Ireland). Archived from the original on 2009-02-18. Retrieved 2009-02-01.  ^ Cepeda, Raquel (July 29, 2008). "More Articulate, Politically Charged Flame-Throwing from Immortal Technique". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2008-10-12.  ^ " Immortal Technique
Immortal Technique
Discusses Faith, College and Jail". rawstory.com. 17 February 2008. Retrieved 2006-04-09.  ^ "A Lyrical Revolution". FinalCall.com News. 2006-08-08. Retrieved 2006-04-09.  ^ "Interview With Immortal Technique". Rapflava.com. 2006-11-29. Retrieved 2006-04-09.  ^ " Immortal Technique
Immortal Technique
Interview". hip-hopkings.com. 2005-07-07. Retrieved 2006-04-09.  ^ a b c "Official Biography". Viper Records. Archived from the original on 2008-02-10. Retrieved 2008-06-19.  ^ The Martyr at KillerHipHop.com ^ "Rockin Squat Ft. Immortal Technique
Immortal Technique
- Démocratie Fasciste (Article 4)". Immortal Technique
Immortal Technique
Forum. 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-12-26.  ^ Ian, (SO Empire). "Voices of the Voiceless Snippet". [permanent dead link] ^ C.W., Hip Hop Radio. " Lowkey
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Immortal Technique
Pens Letter To Afghanistan". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2009-12-23.  ^ The (R)evolution of Immortal Technique
Immortal Technique
(2011) at the Internet Movie Database ^ " Immortal Technique
Immortal Technique
> Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". allmusic. Retrieved 2010-06-08.  ^ "Immortal Technique: Chart History: R&B Albums". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2010-06-08.  ^ "Immortal Technique: Chart History: Rap Albums". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2010-06-08. 

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Studio albums

Revolutionary Vol. 1 Revolutionary Vol. 2 The 3rd World

Other albums

The Martyr


"Bin Laden"

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 121081353 LCCN: n2010032183 MusicBrainz: ef4db186-ff43-4708