Rapper. Revolutionary. Record label president. Social activist. It’s hard to imagine that anyone could achieve all this in one lifetime, but somehow Immortal Technique (Felipe Andres Coronel) has achieved it all and then some.
Born in 1978 in Lima, Peru, Coronel and his family fled to Harlem to escape the turmoil that broke out across the country in 1980. However, they found other struggles in New York, which would prove to be a constant in the life of Technique. He was arrested multiple times from childhood to early adulthood, and developed a strong social awareness. Technique was inspired by the revolutionary spirit of his ancestral culture, and studied the likes of Che Guevara and Malcolm X. His music became his release, echoing his social frustrations.
He earned the reputation of a hard-hitting, aggressive rapper, mostly from his success in the rap battle scene. Much of this drive and passion is mirrored in his music, mindful of a fusion between Tupac and Eminem. His rap offers vivid, purposeful lyrics, combined with a melodic structure based off instrumental rather than synthesized beats unlike many other MCs. It serves as a refreshing, provocative, and at times jarring.
Technique has collaborated with Mos Def, Chuck D of Public Enemy, and has been featured on “The Source”, he also became the President of Viper Records. He released a compilation album, Martyr in 2011, but is best known for his earlier work on Revolutionary Vol. 1, Revolutionary Vol. 2, and Third World. Popular singles including, The Point of No Return, Bin Laden, and Dance with the Devil.