A man of truth and of honest, intense conviction is often looked down upon, especially in these troubling times of contradictory messages: "This is the greatest country in the world, and we are so free, but hush you, don't say a thing about the bad things that happen in this nation, and just turn the other cheek. Don't rock the boat now, or you'll get in trouble."
Most placate and surrender when, seeing a noticeable wrong occurring in a severely-distorted society, and are put up against a wall, shunned by others who don't want to hear all of that nasty business, and who have no courage to stand up for what they see, and for the obvious wrongs that are being committed.
Immortal Technique does not have that problem. Immortal Technique, real name Felipe Andres Coronel, born in Harlem, New York, is a rapper and an activist deeply involved in charities and even started up his own: "The Green Light Project", which helped build an orphanage in Kabul, Afghanistan for over 20 orphaned children.
As a rapper, he has collaborated with some of the best and brightest independent producers and rappers in the industry today: Public Enemy, Diabolic, Brother Ali, Chuck D, Mos Def/Yasiin Bey, Dead Prez, DJ Green Lantern, and so on. He has also collaborated with imprisoned author Mumia Abu-Jamal and Professor of African World History Dr. John Henrik (Henry) Clarke.
Immortal Technique will be touring the United States with Brother Ali.
The tour starts up on September 5th and ends on October 4th.
15 dates: the tour is called "War and Peace".
1. With recent events regarding the NSA spying program, the drone program killing innocents overseas, the rampant lying and abuse, and the corruption on all levels, what kind of world will the next generation be most likely to live in in the approximate future, in your estimation?
IT: I hope one of awakening and not the lethargic path of just giving the future away to the people who will go through the painstaking chore of designing the world that we live in. People used to call me a conspiracy theorist for proposing that the government might listen to their conversations and not just for the purpose of national security, but rather just because they found these voices too critical of their regime. And that has happened. If all of this consolidation of power continues we will most likely end up with a very authoritarian government that will have to be overthrown for the betterment of the human race at some point. I just hate being right about things like this, which is why I put the best case scenario first. However, for those skeptical of my answers, you can't possibly think that you and your children are so innocent that your civil right and personal lives will not trampled on. After all, collateral damage is just a word until it is a word that you have to bury along with a loved one.
2. Have you always been more interested in raising awareness about social issues and the reality of the situation we all face ourselves in this day and age? If so, what moment can you pinpoint at as the starting point for your activism?
IT: I don't think there was a single epiphany that I came to. Over the course of the past few years I've gotten even more vocal and found the range of my ideas to be even greater and more powerful when applied, but if I had to choose a time when it finally all came together as a collective idea, then I'd have to say around the time of the formation of the Green Light project. I saw powerful results from that and so it made me realize the dimensions to my Revolutionary work finally put into practice globally instead of locally.
3. How goes "The Green Light Project?" Any other charities that you are currently involved in at this moment?
IT: I am always donating to scholarships, museums, and charities, but I am also very much involved in being a part of the next stages of planning for The Green Light Project. Some places that have been thrown around for the next project include Guatemala, The Dominican Republic, Haiti & Egypt. Obviously I need to consult with a few different people to insure that what is finally set up will have the same positive lasting effect that of the work we did in Afghanistan (which still continues to this day with Omeid.org.)
4. What's the status on The Middle Passage?
IT: Half way done. It's been that way for a while actually. I have made progress with AKIR, Diabolic, CF, Hasan, and Da Circle.
5. If you could meet the assembled One Percent that control finances in these modern times, what would you say to them?
IT: Only one of you gets to leave this room. Make up your minds.