Revolutionary rappers unite at Reno Underground
August 14, 2008
The revolution will not be televised ” it’s Underground.
Rapper Immortal Technique will join forces with Rise of the Revolution and Diabolic and Da Circle for an all-ages show at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, at the Reno Underground. An after-party for fans 21 and older will follow in the lounge, featuring DJs Buddha and Dotkom.
Immortal Technique was born Felipe Coronel Feb. 19, 1978, in a military hospital in Peru. He moved to the U.S. in the early ’80s when his family fled civil war, with the U.S. the CIA and State Department supporting the government against guerrilla factions. Although he escaped the social turmoil and poverty in South America, he was in Harlem. He became enamored with hip-hop culture and writing graffiti, and he began rhyming. Despite cutting school and landing under arrest for wild behavior, he finished high school and gained admission to a state university.
However, multiple assault charges in the Empire State caught up with Coronel, and facing jail, he traveled back to Peru, embraced his African heritage and began writing down his observations. He also began studying revolutionary ideas.
Although Coronel was facing a five- to 10-year sentence, his attorney helped him combine his cases without turning state’s evidence, resulting in a shorter sentence six hours away from New York City. Immortal Technique worked out, wrote down his lyrics and started fashioning songs.
On his parole in 1999, Immortal Technique returned to the city and began battling other rappers, building a reputation underground, on the streets, stage and in clubs. He turned his eye toward production and an album, but major labels were seeking a pop-friendly image rather than a South American revolutionary out of jail on parole.
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Immortal Technique left the battle circuit and released “Revolutionary Vol. 1” to critical acclaim. The debut earned him “Unsigned Hype” status from the Source in November 2002 and has gone on to sell more than 12,000 copies.
The rapper landed in XXL magazine, and the Washington Post and continued his hand-to-hand hustle, releasing “Revolutionary Vol. 2” on Viper Records, a label he served as executive vice president. Immortal Technique’s single “Industrial Revolution” hit No. 1 on the College Music Journal charts and No. 50 on Billboard. The rapper since has worked with Mumia Abu Jamal, appeared in Mario Van Peebles’ “BAADASSSSS” and worked with AWOL magazine.
Immortal Technique comes to Reno fresh off his third album, “The 3rd World,” and the Rock the Bells Tour.
Santa Cruz-based Rise of the Revolution blends political lyrics with original beats. Beatmaker Nima Fadavi and Prophet, the MC, debuted with “Never Stand Down” last August on its own Electric Sound Recording label and is set to release its sophomore effort, “Lethal of Equal” this fall. In addition to appearing with the Grouch on its debut and Opio of Hieroglyphics on “Lethal of Equal,” the duo has shared the stage with the likes of Immortal Technique, Dead Prez, KRS-One, Devin the Dude, Xzibit and more. Rise of the Revolution appeared with Andre Nickatina at Whiskey Dick’s Saloon on Aug. 1 and is due to return to Tahoe on Aug. 31 with Mystic Roots and Planting Seeds, and again Sept. 16 with Living Legends and Counter Productive.