20 hours ago
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Since we're on the subjects of both immortality (see last post) and hip hop (see second to last post), what better time to feature one of the meanest motherfuckers in the game, Mr. Immortal Technique?
While his subject matter might be a bit outdated on this recording (it was released in the midst of the Bush Administration, and 75% of the rhymes are aimed at either George, his boy Cheney, Bill O'Reilly, or Fox News), you really can't deny the sheer power and lyrical artistry that I.T. puts forth, proving that he is both one of the most talented AND one of the angriest rappers out there. Like I've said before, I'm not a huge fan of rap, but this album just fucking KILLS, and can serve equally well as either a booty-shaking party accessory or a chin-stroking meditation on philosophy, politics, race, and violence. This is what It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back sounds like 15 years later, with all the same malice, hard beats, and unexpected insight -- only cranked up to 11, stuffed full of Peruvian coke, and armed with two machetes and an AK.
By far the best song on Revolutionary Vol. 2, "Peruvian Cocaine":
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