So about six months ago I went to go see one of the best rappers of all time, Immortal Technique. It was a fantastic show at Trees in Dallas, TX. The video above is of Tech and Diabolic performing “Obnoxious” off of Revolutionary Vol. 1 as his encore. Get into it.
Well, it is getting dangerously close to the middle of the year and you know what that means. Asshole bloggers like me start talking about their favorite albums this year so far. Well, I’m not any different from any other asshole, so here is my current favorite albums of the year so far. These are not in any particular order. These are just unbelievable albums that I have learned about and jammed out to these past six months. [Continue...]
Last week on May 1st (May Day), there was a public protest in support of workers rights by the Occupy Wall St movement in Union Square Park in NYC. At the protest a concert was held by many forward thinking musicians who support international workers rights and OWS. Among those who performed was the revolutionary rapper Immortal Technique. Above is a video featured on The Huffington Post of the rapper performing The Martyr off of his recently free release of the same title (which you can download here) .
Below is footage of Tech performing a tribute to all those fallen MC’s/Dj’s who inspired him entitled “Toast To The Dead which is also featured on “The Martyr”.
It’s the end of the year and you know what that means, right? A whole month of pretentious bloggers telling you which albums you should have listened to. 2011 was a stand out year for metal and music in general. Because of this, coming up with a list of what I found to be the best albums of the year was not an easy task. Below is a list of my favorite FULL LENGTHS of 2011. My list might have been a little different if I hadn’t made a separate list for EP’s. Anyway, If you haven’t heard any of these albums for some reason then you need to seriously go check them out. I’m going to start off with a few albums that were great but just barely didn’t make the cut for whatever reasons.
An Isle Ate Her - ‘Phrenia‘
All Pigs Must Die - ‘God Is War’
Anomalous - ‘Omnivalent’
Gridlink - ‘Orphan’
Noisear – ‘Subvert The Dominate Paradigm’
Russian Circles - ‘Empros’
Gigan – ‘Quasi-Hallucinogenic Sonic Landscapes’
Unexpect - ‘Fables Of The Sleepless Empire”
Wugazi – ’13 Chambers’
Continue after the jump to find out what my favorite albums of the year were. Oh and make sure to leave comments telling why my list is shit or what albums I should have been jammin’.
Last week, socially conscious hip-hop artist Immortal Technique released his latest album entitled, The Martyr. In true DIY fashion, Immortal Technique has released the album as a free digital download. The Martyr is a top-notch hip-hop record and is pretty much the only thing that I have been listening to since it was released.
A few days ago, the first single from the new Immortal Technique album, The Martyr, surfaced. Toast To The Dead features production by the late great J Dilla. The song has a little different vibe than a lot of other Immortal Technique tracks and I can honestly see why this was originally unreleased. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad track or anything, but it’s not a smanger by any means. Bump it, leave a comment and cop The Martyr when it drops on Oct. 27th.
Underground hip-hop sensation, Immortal Technique, is set to release a free album of selected extra tracks and previously unreleased material. The album entitled The Martyr is set to drop on October 27th. Not too many details are available at the moment but I imagine the release will be limited to strictly digital downloads.
Some of the tracks on The Martyr were said to have been originally recorded for his long anticipated fourth LP, The Middle Passage. Due to delays the album is taking longer than to expected to release and some of the early tracks no longer fit in with the new streamlined direction. I think it’s really cool of Immortal Technique to release this free album to tide over his fans until The Middle Passage is complete.
Immortal Technique is a Peruvian born rapper who grew up in Harlem. His DIY ethics and charitable efforts have made gained in much respect throughout the world. This socially conscious artist’s style of lyricism is redefining a lot of aspects of hip hop to a new generation of listeners. Continue below to check out some of his music.
This was the first official day of SXSW and what better way to start it than with a free Brooklyn Vegan showcase. The original plan was to get up early enough to catch Deafheaven but things don’t always go to plan. Due to waking up late and ridiculous traffic I knew I was going to miss Deafheaven but thought I would reach Emos in time for The Secret.
After several bad parking decisions and wading through a tens of thousands of people I make it to Emos. As I walk through the door The Secret finishes their last song. Fuck, this turns out to be one of the biggest bummers of SXSW. I was really excited to catch The Secret on their first US tour but ended up missing all their performances.