Back in the days when i was a teenager… myself and GMS (MCMI co-owners) met Kevin Fitzgerald aka DJ Organic in central park at a summer stage concert. He was traveling around filming what would later become the critically acclaimed Documentary “Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme” We introduced him to the MC’s we knew, took him to the events we threw and frequented, helped plug him in to the new york Hip Hop scene and even made cameos along with PackFM, Mr.Mecc, Substantial & PH – our fellow crew members from “The Plague” Flash Forward over a decade and a new documentary with the same great feel, love (and many of the same artist) directed byÂ Ice-T is about to hit the big screen….
Ice-T takes us on an intimate journey into the heart and soul of hip-hop with the legends of rap music. This performance documentary goes beyond the stardom and the bling to explore what goes on inside the minds, and erupts from the lips, of the grandmasters of rap. Recognized as the godfather of Gangsta rap, Ice-T is granted unparalleled access to the personal lives of the masters of this artform that he credits for saving his life. Interspersed with the performers’ insightful, touching, and often funny revelations are classic raps, freestyle rhymes, and never before heard a cappellas straight from the mouths of the creators. What emerges is a better understanding of, and a tribute to, an original American art form that brought poetry to a new generation.
I met Immortal Technique years ago shortly after he got out of jail and threw himself into the battle game with a fury like no other. Technique’s battle’s are legendary. Sorry, Youtube-ing them now wont do it justice. You had to be there. But that was just the opening act. Tech had some important stuff to say and he was going to use his dominance on the mic to get those messages heard. Over the years I have seen him develop his ideas, musically, lyrically, politically and socially. Â I always respected him for that.
You see, when I was a boy, listening to groups like Public Enemy, Poor Righteous Teachers and BDP taught me something about Hip Hop that I hadn’t realized before those groups came along: you don’t have to say things in a rhyme because they sound cool and just go where the rhyme takes you. You can say what’s on your mind – even have an agenda – a MAKE the rhyme sound cool. Words submit to your will. It’s up to you to make them do what you want, say what you want. Immortal Technique is one of THOSE type of rappers (sorry, MC’s). He is not trying to be “fly”. He is trying to bring knowledge to light, wake people up and inspire them to make changes in their lives and in the world.
To that end, Technique also put his money where his mouth is, when he traveled to Afghanistan and helped build an orphanage/school, for needy children. This is not a millionaire movie star or Platinum selling artist (yet), who writes a check like its nothing and goes about his day. This is a 100% independent artist, who makes his money touring and selling his CD’s (VIPER RECORDS).
Read more and hear Immortal Technique’s speech “We Can’t Back Down Now”, after the jump! (more…)
Immortal Technique is “one of the most dangerous artists in America.” If you know him, have witnessed a show or heard his music, then you know why. If not, watch the documentary. For the converted, start telling your friends and getting them up to date on his music and movement.
Can’t wait for the movie? Click “Read More” and watch the video for “Dance With The Devil” one of the Peruvian MC’s illest and most controversial songs.