Immortal Technique – The Martyr
I typically don’t care much for a lot of that East Coast Hardcore Hip-Hop, most of the time it just seems forced and overall just sub par. However, I’ve always loved Immortal Technique. He falls into that hardcore style, but he never seems fake or forced, and more importantly, he always has something to say.
On his latest release, “The Martyr,” he continues to impress. Over interesting and creative beats, he continues to drop knowledge. When so many rappers are bragging about their cars, going to jail for gun violations and drinking sizzurp or whatever it’s called, its refreshing to see an emcee follow in the grand tradition of groups like ublic Enemy and BDP, especially these days when protests and other actions are a necessity.
While all of the songs are good, one track stands out. “Civil War” features Chuck D, Killer Mike and Brother Ali. It’s a great song and all the emcees show up.
This is the type of record that should be winning awards, but because it actually has a message and will force you to think, it will sadly be ignored by the masses. So go download it and burn for your friends!