Immortal Technique: “Kings In Hip-Hop Change With Each Era” [Video]

Immortal Technique shared his thoughts on Star claiming that Eminem is the king of Hip-Hop, saying the title holder changes with each new era. The famed rapper and activist pointed out that not many people know who Tiberius is today, but the man was a Roman Emperor who many considered a god during his reign from 14 AD to 37 AD. During the conversation Immortal Technique also debated whether Michael Jackson earned his “King of Pop” title, which he said was just a slick marketing ploy. At the end of the sit-down the “Dance With the Devil” emcee also spoke about the realities of being a king, and the gruesome nature that comes along with the territory.

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Immortal Technique: “Poor People Steal But The Rich Do Way Worse” [Video]

Meek Mill’s comments on not returning to the hood once you reach a certain level of fame sparked quite the conversation throughout the hip-hop world, with several artists and commentators either siding or wholeheartedly disagreeing with him. In this clip, Immortal Technique doesn’t necessarily give his opinion on it, but rather sheds light on why people who live in the hood participate in crime. “The reality is that poverty makes people do reckless things, but rich people do way worse to protect the money that they have and to take advantage of things,” he says. The social activist also reminisced on some of the more dangerous hoods he’s been to in the past. “For me, I’ve been in a lot of different hoods…I’m from New York so there’s Bloods everywhere. It reminds me and it makes me think about when I went home to Latin America and people recognized me for the first time. And yeah, I did notice a couple of people look at me sideways like ‘is he really here in the middle of the hood?’” Watch this exclusive clip to find out more about Immortal Technique’s experiences in the hood, and hear him shout out slain rapper Chinx. “G-d rest his soul, man. That’s a horrible thing to happen to anybody,” he states, offering his condolences to Chinx’s loved ones. Hear more above.

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Immortal Technique On Bobby Shmurda’s Potential [Video]

Underground king Immortal Technique sat down with VladTV and shared his thoughts on Bobby Shmurda’s quick rise in Hip-Hop and whether he believes the Brooklyn rapper will have staying power. Tech firstly wants to know who Shmurda’s booking agent will be, as he believes hitting the ground running with shows (first local then national) is a good indicator of if an artist will have staying power. Ultimately, Tech doesn’t feel the need to judge Shmurda, but instead wishes him the best, as many young rappers can get into the game with a hot record and disappear altogether. Check out Tech’s take above.

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Constant Flow feat. Immortal Technique & Melanie Fontana – Moment Of Peace [Stream]

In recent years more than ever, Hip-Hop has been a platform of boasting ones possessions or idea of wealth. While there’s no shame in showing off every so often by toasting to the good life, there’s an ugly truth that needs to be exposed. War, genocide, corruption; these are the things that are leaving a scar in our history books. Whereas some rappers may just gloss over these disasters, Constant Flow is here to tell the whole truth to the masses. Fresh from the release of “Dog Tags,” the 2nd single taken from his Viper Records debut LP, ‘Ascension,’ CF keeps the momentum rocking with “Moment of Peace,” a sharp tongued reflection of the world examined through real people, not just mass media. As Melanie Fontana supplies a chilling hook that blends effortlessly with the fact-paced instrumental, Viper’s frontman, Immortal Technique, drops a potent series of double time bars that will leave new listeners and long time fans hitting the rewind button. “Moment of Peace” is the 3rd and final leak taken from ‘Ascension,’ which is set to drop next Tuesday, September 2nd, so check out the track while pre-ordering the album via iTunes!

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Immortal Technique Talks BET’s Support for Battle Rap [Video]

Immortal Technique addressed the current rise of Battle Rap within the mainstream during his continued interview with VladTV’s Battle Rap Journalist, Michael Hughes. He acknowledged the level of progression that Battle Rap has made over the years by finally being featured on television with a wide audience tuning in. He also spoke on the possibility of Smack/URL hosting a “Battle Rap Olympics” of sorts, however he is doubtful that Smack would be willing to do that.

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Immortal Technique Talks Gangs In Battle Rap [Video]

Immortal Technique continued his in depth interview with Battle Rap journalist Michael Hughes, at the VladTV headquarters, this time speaking on the presence of gang affiliation existing in Battle Rap. Technique addressed the presence of street gangs being involved in Battle Rap, but instead of focusing on the negative associations that most people might address, he talked about the positive influence that Battle Rap has on thwarting gang violence. There have been many events where members of various gangs have stood face-to-face spitting disrespectful lyrics about the one another’s set that they claim, without any immediate or post-battle violence occurring. Immortal Technique feels as though Battle Rap does a far better job uniting people of different backgrounds and gang associations than the actual United States government does. How do you feel about the influence Battle Rap has on maintaining peaceful relations between members of opposing gangs?

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Immortal Technique Talks Lupe’s Zimmerman Tweets [Video]

Famed rapper and urban activist Immortal Technique shares his thoughts on Lupe Fiasco’s comments on the Zimmerman verdict, where he said “The justice system relies on reasonable doubt, not our emotions.” Immortal Technique also speaks about black-on-black crime and self hatred, which he says is the biggest threat in urban communities.

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