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Immortal Technique          

Peruvian-American Hip-Hop Artist & Activist

Immortal Technique is a Peruvian-American hip-hop artist and activist known for lyrics that cover controversial issues in global politics from a radical left-wing perspective.

Born Felipe Coronel in a military hospital in Lima, Peru, in 1978, Immortal Technique moved to Harlem with his parents when he was two years old. At age nine he started rapping, though he didn't start to take it more seriously until he was in high school. Despite the fact he was in and out of trouble throughout his teenage years, Immortal Technique was accepted at Penn State University, but before he could get through much of college, he was arrested and eventually ended up spending a year in prison.

It was during his time in prison that he began to study the lives and teachings of black and Latino revolutionaries like Che Guevara and Malcolm X, as well as to devote himself to writing songs. Out in 1999 on parole, he moved back to New York, where he spent his days working various jobs and his nights battling other rappers, a forum that allowed him the opportunity to show off his aggressive, vituperative style.

Concerned that he was being pigeonholed as a one-trick pony, Immortal Technique set about writing complete tracks, finding beats to accompany them, and eventually releasing his debut, Revolutionary, Vol. 1, in 2001 (an album that was later re-released by his own company, Viper Records, in 2004 and Babygrande in 2005). The record, plus his strong work ethic, earned him local recognition and a spot as The Source's "unsigned hype" in November 2002, and the following year he issued his second album, Revolutionary, Vol. 2. Although he promised his third release would see the light of day in 2005, it wasn't until the summer of 2007 that fans got any new material from Immortal Technique (other than a few singles), coming in the form of the full-length album The Middle Passage.

In 2008, he released his next album, The 3rd World, which peaked at #12 on the U.S. Rap Albums chart. In October 2011, Immortal Technique released The Martyr, a free compilation album of previously unreleased material and new tracks.

A documentary about Immortal Technique, The (R)evolution of Immortal Technique, was released in September 2011 and premiered at the Harlem Film Festival.

Immortal Technique is also a philanthropist, visiting prisons and working for immigrant rights.

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Interview with Immortal Technique | Carl Gibson

Peruvian-born Felipe Andres Coronel, known by his stage name of Immortal Technique, is an avid supporter of the Occupy movement and is one of the more  ...

MCs Unite for Typhoon Benefit | NBC 7 San Diego

Immortal Technique headlines a local charity event with special guests Bambu and Odessa Kane to benefit Filipinos affected by Typhoon Yolanda.

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