Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Immortal Technique

In a 2002 charity concert at the Knitting Factory I saw a great show featuring Wu member Cappadonna, and another emcee that I had never heard of, Immortal Technique. When the emcee took the stage and the beat came on, it sounded like it was going to be another rapper with a name describing how complex and deep his rhymes are spitting the "facts". Then he rapped, very loud, and all my preconceived notions were erased when within the first 5 bars. With contained rage Tech said something to the effect of Bush and bin Laden being bedfellows, how th Carlyle and News Corps are bullshit, words like Illuminati, anunaki, crews like the Council on Foreign Relations, Free Masons and The Rothchilds. All very familiar language in my lexicon. Not soon after I picked up his first album, Revolutionary Vol.1 and knew that soon enough the masses were going to get a hold of this, and it was about time. Rappers these days could care less about the magnitude of their platform. Heres a great example; My good homie 50 Scent is about to sign a 300 million dollar deal with Rurpert Murdochs News Corp. This deal would mostly be made up of stock making 50 one of the largest shareholders, which would make him Bill O'rillys boss, laugh out loud and puke in circles all at the same time. News Corp. would also take a major stock in G-Unit pretty much everything including artists, clothes, his website thisis5*.com, and music will be sold under myspace records. Isn't that great? 50 Cent loves Rupert, talk about sell out, holy shit.
In other conformity news, Nasty Nas decided to scrap the name of his upcoming album NIGGER, why is that Nas?
"It's important to me that this album gets to the fans," Nas told AllHipHop.com in a statement. "It's been a long time coming. I want my fans to know that creatively and lyrically, they can expect the same content and the same messages. It's that important. The streets have been waiting for this for a long time. The people will always know what the real title of this album is and what to call it".
So it other words, you sold out to a major label rather than say screw that and put the record out yourself? The album isn't even done,so why did you make and promote the cover art and title so hard, could it have been publicity stunt? I'm a big Nas fan, and it's not that I supported the album title, but I do support following through with what you say, doing what you said you were going to do, and not caving from corporate pressure for the scrilla. Best bet, just be honest, your boss did'nt like the title and told you change it or you were going to get fired, and you did as you were told. Dude also was bigging up Jay Electronica, and was"smitten" buy him. The Music I have heard from Jay Electronica, is nothing special, his style is ten years late, and it seems like neither of them have done much research, read about it here.
Oh also, Mass Appeal Magazine will not put putting out print issues anymore, another great print magazine, such as Elemental, and Kicksclusive(LOL)that you will no longer be able to hold in your hand.
Tech has a new album coming out on June 24th, to promote the album Technique is having a essay contest with a top prize of $1,500, hit the link for details. Also peep him in a city near you and hear dome words that need to be heard.

Recinto Ferial, Casa De Campo.
Central Madrid, Spain w/ Talib Kweli & DJ GI JOE
The Coronet Theatre.
London, UK w/ Skinny Man & DJ GI JOE

Highline Ballroom. New York, NY w/ DJ GI JOE
7/11/08: Higher Ground. Burlington, VT w/ DJ GI JOE
Mr Smalls. Millvale, PA w/ DJ GI JOE, Poison Pen, Da Circle & J Arch
Magic Stick. Detroit, MI w/ DJ GI JOE, Poison Pen, Da Circle & J Arch
Rock The Bells. Tinley Park, IL
The High Noon Saloon. Madison, WI w/ DJ GI JOE, Poison Pen Da Circle & J Arch
First Avenue. North
Minneapolis, MN w/ DJ GI JOE, Poison Pen, Da Circle & J Arch
Toad's Place. New Haven, CT w/ DJ GI JOE, Poison Pen, Da Circle & J Arch

Pearl Street. Northampton, MA w/ DJ GI JOE, Poison Pen, Da Circle & J Arch
Rock The Bells. Mansfield, MA
Rock The Bells. Columbia, MD
Cat's Cradle. Carrboro, NC w/ DJ GI JOE, Poison Pen, Da Circle & J Arch
The Loft. Atlanta, GA w/ DJ GI JOE, Poison Pen, Da Circle & J Arch
8/01/08: Orlando, Fl — TBA
Rock The Bells.
West Palm Beach, FL
Rock The Bells.
Wantagh, NY

Belly Up Tavern. Solana Beach, CA w/ DJ GI JOE, Diabolic & Da Circle
Rock The Bells.
San Bernardino, CA
The Speedway. San Luis Obispo, CA w/ Rakim, DJ GI JOE, Diabolic & Da Circle
Ventura Theatre. Ventura, CA w/ DJ GI JOE, Diabolic & Da Circle
The Exit.
Fresno, CA w/ DJ GI JOE, Diabolic & Da Circle
The Boardwalk.
Orangevale, CA w/ DJ GI JOE, Diabolic & Da Circle
Rock The Bells. Mountain View, CA
8/19/08: Reno, NV—TBA
In The Venue.
Salt Lake City, UT w/ DJ GI JOE, Diabolic & Da Circle
Rock The.
Greenwood Village, CO
Sunshine Theater.
Albuquerque, NM w/ DJ GI JOE, Diabolic & Da Circle
The Brickhouse Theatre.
Phoenix, AZ w/ DJ GI JOE, Diabolic & Da Circle
Orpheum Theatre. Flagstaff, AZ w/ DJ GI JOE, Diabolic & Da Circle
8/28/08: Las Vegas, NV — TBA
8/29/08: Lancaster, CA — TBA


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