Immortal Technique

Immortal Technique

Immortal Technique
Immortal Technique performing in March 2010.
Background information
Birth name Felipe Andres Coronel
Born (1978-02-19) February 19, 1978
Lima, Peru
Origin Harlem, New York, U.S.
Genres East Coast hip hop, alternative hip hop, political hip hop, underground hip hop, hardcore hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, activist
Years active 2000–present
Labels Viper Records
Associated acts Akir, Diabolic, Lowkey, Chino XL, DJ Green Lantern, La Coka Nostra, Jean Grae, Rockin' Squat, Mos Def, Dead Prez, Ras Kass, Krs-One, Pumpkinhead, Reppin MG, Ill Bill, Sabac Red
Website Technique

Felipe Andres Coronel (born February 19, 1978), better known by the stage name Immortal Technique, is an American rapper and urban activist. Most of his lyrics focus on controversial issues in global politics. His lyrics are largely commentary on issues such as class struggle, socialism, poverty, religion, government, imperialism and institutional racism.

Immortal Technique has voiced a desire 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]


  • Biography 1
    • Early life 1.1
    • 2000-2005: Revolutionary Vol. 1 and Revolutionary Vol. 2 1.2
    • 2005-present: The 3rd World, The Martyr and The Middle Passage 1.3
    • Collaborations 1.4
    • Charitable work 1.5
    • Films 1.6
      • The (R)evolution of Immortal Technique 1.6.1
      • This Revolution 1.6.2
  • Discography 2
    • Studio albums 2.1
    • Compilation albums 2.2
    • Singles 2.3
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Early life

Coronel is African Peruvian and was born in a military hospital in Lima.[3] His family emigrated to Harlem, New York in 1980.[4][5] 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 on the 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][6]

After being paroled, he took political science classes at Baruch College in 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.[7] 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.[8][9][10] 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.[11]

2000-2005: Revolutionary Vol. 1 and Revolutionary Vol. 2

In 2001, 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.[11] He also battled but lost to Posta Boy in 106 & Park's Freestyle Friday. 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 is the only rapper in history to have a "Hip Hop Quotable" while being unsigned.[11] He released his second album 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 Main Event between Chuck Liddell and Rashad Evans.

2005-present: The 3rd World, The Martyr and The Middle Passage

Immortal Technique (left) at the Roskilde Festival, 2006

Between 2005 and 2007 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 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 released The Martyr, a free compilation album of previously unreleased material and new tracks. [12]


The summer of 2005 saw the release of "Bin Laden", a vinyl single 12" featuring 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 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.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15]

Charitable work

Immortal Technique performing in March 2010.

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.

In June 2008, 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.[16]


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 was released in September 2011 and premiered at the Harlem Film Festival.[17] It was released on DVD on July 10, 2012.

This Revolution

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 has taken control of Viper Records and has signed a distribution deal with Babygrande Records / E1 Entertainment to vent to their next album. SouthPaw has managed to establish himself as A&R of Viper Records.


Studio albums

Year Title Peak chart positions


2001 Revolutionary Vol. 1
  • Release Date: September 14, 2001
  • Label: Viper Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
2003 Revolutionary Vol. 2
  • Release Date: November 18, 2003
  • Label: Viper Records
  • Format: CD, digital download, LP
2008 The 3rd World
  • Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Label: Viper Records
  • Format: CD, digital download, LP
99 36 12
TBA The Middle Passage
  • Release Date: TBA
  • Label: Viper Records
  • Format: —

Compilation albums

Year Title
2011 The Martyr
  • Release Date: October 27, 2011
  • Label: Viper Records
  • Format: CD, digital download, cassette
TBA The Martyr 2
  • Release Date: TBA
  • Label: —
  • Format: —


Year Song Album
2003 "Industrial Revolution" Revolutionary Vol. 2
2004 "The Point of No Return"
2005 "Bin Laden Remix"
"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


  1. ^ Frederick, Brendan. "Immortal Technique Rock The Boat (Part I)". Retrieved 2007-09-29. 
  2. ^ unit sales (September 16, 2009). "The 10 Questions Series: Immortal Technique". Retrieved 2013-01-27. 
  3. ^ a b Brown, Marisa (2007). "Immortal Technique - Biography". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-01-28. 
  4. ^ Springer, Anthony Jr. (June 27, 2008). "Immortal Technique - The 3rd World". Hiphop Dx. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 
  5. ^ O'Neill, Olivia (Spring 2006). by Immortal Technique"Revolutionary Volume I & II". Socialist View ( 
  6. ^ Cepeda, Raquel (July 29, 2008). "More Articulate, Politically Charged Flame-Throwing from Immortal Technique".  
  7. ^ "Immortal Technique Discusses Faith, College and Jail". 17 February 2008. Retrieved 2006-04-09. 
  8. ^ "A Lyrical Revolution". News. 2006-08-08. Retrieved 2006-04-09. 
  9. ^ "Interview With Immortal Technique". 2006-11-29. Retrieved 2006-04-09. 
  10. ^ "Immortal Technique Interview". 2005-07-07. Retrieved 2006-04-09. 
  11. ^ a b c "Official Biography". Viper Records. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  12. ^ The Martyr at
  13. ^ "Rockin Squat Ft. Immortal Technique - Démocratie Fasciste (Article 4)". Immortal Technique Forum. 2009. 
  14. ^ Ian, (SO Empire). "Voices of the Voiceless Snippet". 
  15. ^ C.W., Hip Hop Radio. "'"Lowkey speaks on 'Voices. 
  16. ^ Paine, Jake (24 June 2008). "Immortal Technique Pens Letter To Afghanistan". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2009-12-23. 
  17. ^ (2011)The (R)evolution of Immortal Technique at the Internet Movie Database
  18. ^ "Immortal Technique > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". allmusic. Retrieved 2010-06-08. 
  19. ^ "Immortal Technique: Chart History: R&B Albums". Retrieved 2010-06-08. 
  20. ^ "Immortal Technique: Chart History: Rap Albums". Retrieved 2010-06-08. 

External links

  • Official website