March 16, 2018

Immortal Technique - Revolutionary Vol. 2 (2003)

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Hip-Hop
Style: Political Hip-Hop, Hardcore Hip-Hop
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© 2003-2005 Babygrande/Viper Records
Review by Rollie Pemberton for Pitchfork.com
Rising from the Public Enemy phoenix that bore Mr. Lif, Dead Prez and The Coup, Immortal Technique borrows elements of the previously mentioned artists, along with rhyming capabilities reminiscent of Ras Kass and Canibus. Now, with the release of his second politically charged mission statement, Revolutionary Vol. 2, his gruff Latin baritone and powerful delivery have thrust him into the fortunate position of being a potential "next big thing."
Born in a military hospital in South America and sent to jail for more than a year for an altercation with a white man, IT's hoodlum mentality seems slightly more authentic than most anyone else in the underground (baring Bumpy Knuckles). Referencing biblical passages with the emotion of someone who reads and believes them (unlike Vinnie Paz of Jedi Mind Tricks), IT is somehow believable in his radical position.
Whether rapping about the dark atmosphere of his adopted hometown ("Harlem Streets"), questioning the true nature of the artist's voice ("Freedom of Speech"), airing his issues with the media ("The 4th Branch") or simply claiming to be "the best of both worlds/ Without the hidden camera and the 12-year-old girl" ("Obnoxious"), Immortal Technique's magnetic delivery makes every song a joy to listen to. Criticizing critics, coffee shop revolutionaries, Fox News, Bill O'Reilly, John Ashcroft and George W. Bush, Technique delivers his message with a more commercially palatable hip-hop approach than Mr. Lif, if with less tact and subtlety........ Full review here

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