Immortal Technique delivers hip hop in the style of Non Phixion & Jedi Mind Tricks - raunchy/vulgar bragging, conspiracy theory inspired political lessons, and solid production. This is a very solid hip hop album, with many excellent tracks like Point of No Return, Industrial Revolution, Freedom Of Speech, Obnoxious, The Message & The Money, Homeland & Hip Hop, Harlem Streets, & One. With even mainstream artists like Public Enemy & Jadakiss dissing the Bush administration perhaps some underground artists will reach a wider audience as political and conspiratorial themes are presented in more detail. My only displeasure with this material is the sometimes excessive use of vulgar and violent lyrics. Unlike most rap music, at least there is a purpose to this rebellious form of expression here, so I don't fault I.T. much for going overboard at times. If you want to hear some conscious hip-hop, give this album a listen.
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Despite the popular perception that the death knell has already rung for political hip-hop, Immortal Technique jams a shot of adrenaline through the chest plate into hip-hop's conscious heart. Tackling topics from America's complicity in the drug trade ("Peruvian Cocaine") to the cycles of inner-city poverty ("Harlem Streets") to the global military complex ("The 4th Branch"), Immortal Technique unabashedly radiates his radicalism in a time of apathy. There's a thin line between passion and didacticism, and, at times, he forces rhymes that sacrifice style in service of content, but most of the time his delivery is as razor sharp as his politics. The beats are mostly understated and minimalist, armed with just enough punch to accent the rhymes. "You Never Know" drifts sweetly on jazz-guitar strums while "Crossing the Boundary" snaps with a hard, funk edge. Clearly though, Immortal Technique is the strongest sonic force on the album, a claxon alarm that shatters the complacent silence.--Oliver Wang