Immortal Technique Blasts Record Industry For "Accusing Children Of Stealing Music"

Tech sounds off on record executives in the industry who are taking advantage of artists.

Immortal Technique has lashed out at the music industry for its approach to stopping illegal downloads. The political MC explained that he’d rather have fans download his music illegally on the Internet than have record executives accusing the youth of stealing, when they’re really the biggest crooks of them all.

“You could type my name, no ebonics, Immortal, live forever, Technique, get on the internet and just steal all my music off of it, because I really don’t care about that,” he told Forbez DVD. “I’ve had lots of arguments with executives about that, and I think that they have a lot of audacity accusing children of stealing music when they’ve been robbing artists for years.“

For Tech, he looks at the industry and sees nothing but corruption. “Even now, it’s come up that they were taking royalties under the guise of licensing for past capital. It’s just an embarrassment for them to be using the word 'steal' when realistically speaking, they’re the biggest thieves and gangstas in this entire business,” he continued. “They make everybody who rhymes about doing gangsta shit look pathetic in terms of the amount of money that they’ve stolen and the amount of culture that they’ve robbed of our people.”

The outspoken rapper suggested that instead of fingering listeners for taking music, the industry needs to reevaluate its strategy. “To me, I don’t quantify success in just record sales or YouTube views or Twitter friends. If you have 12 million friends on Twitter but you can only sell 100,000 units, there’s something wrong with you. That means that those statistics really need to be analyzed and looked at. So for me, I say yo, go steal all my music if you like what I talk about. You don’t have to agree with everything but if you feel and understand that I’m being genuine, come to a show, check it out for yourself, support us, buy a shirt online, but a CD.”

RELATED: Immortal Technique Talks "The Middle Passage," Viper Records Position

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99 Comments

  • shone jones

    Immortal Technique is the Domino's Pizza of political rap, there are rappers that do the same sh1t he does, all without sucking.

  • Omar

    "..and if you go platinum, it's got nothing to do with luck, it just means that a million people are stupid as FUCK!"

  • Anonymous

    Ireland needs Immortal technique!

  • don mccaine

    The jewel of the day...WAKA & TECH ARE SAYING THE SAME THING! THE INDUSTRY IS GRIMY AND FULL OF SH^T! AND Y'ALL GONNA HATE ON BOTH OF THEM? THE RESPONSES SAY MORE ABOUT YOU...NOT THEM!

  • PrickJames

    I.T. is the muthafukking truth. I download his shit for free; but I pay the $30 to get into his shows. And that shit don't go to the label... Put money in your fav's pockets by pushing managers & promoters to bring artist's to your city and getting your faggot-ass out the house to see them. The Prick has spoken. Bitch!

  • REally?????

    ARE YOU FUCKIN IDIOTS FOR REAL NAME ANY RAPPER AND MOST OF THEM WOULDNT EVEN FUCK WITH DUDE CUZ OF HIS LYRICAL TALENT THIZ GOING AT DUDES THINKING COMMERCIAL SHIT REAL SOME IZ SOME AINT BUT DUDE BEEN REAL SINCE DAY ONE HIM AND DIABOLIC WILL FUCK UP UR FAVORITE MC IN A HEART BEAT put SERIOUS JONES AGAINST THIZ DUDE N WHO DO U THINK WILL WIN? MY POINT EXACTLY

  • Anonymous

    I could respect him more if he wouldn't come across like a jealous and bitter fuck all the time.

  • amirnyc

    eminem wayne drake rick ross sad is this what hip-hop become? immortal tech is actually one of the realest down to earth dudes i ever met and he right

    • KeyerisaFAG

      @Keyer you gotta be one of the biggest imbecille i have ever come across, a washed up eminem you say? HAHA please, tech don't rap about raping his mom or killing his girlfriend, ok buddy? he's not a sell out like your whore of a mother... ps it sounds like your dad put his musty dick up your asshole and made you cry... awww :(.... pussy

    • Keyer

      Immortal Technique just sounds like a washed-up Eminem wannabe. Like someone mashed up the Slim Shady LP and los Diarios de Motocicleta, but lacking the artistic quality of either.

  • JBullworth

    Immortal Technique: just another wigga trying to make a buck off the wannabe-rebel white suburban population. If you want REAL hip hop, you're better off listening to Lil Wayne, Eminem, Drake, Lil B, Rick Ross, or the Black Eyed Peas; not this fake-thug wannabe.

    • ToYouMoron

      you do realise his black and peruvian, now do you? please, please, before opening that filthy cocksucking mouth of yours, THINK and do your research you faggot, and is eminem and lil wayne are a bunch of sell out faggots, i hope your mother dies in car accident you pussy

    • Anonymous

      loool hahhahhahha your dumb

  • Jake

    An average american music fan = Music is free because it ain't physical. An average european music fan = Music is free because it isn't physical. = Bullshit I've always bought my dvds and albums. IF somebody has money to buy a computer then what's the big deal of paying 16$ for an album? Shit, an average middle-class kid uses over 25 bucks for sodas, chips and candies in a week, lol! So what is this problem that we have? You think music is free? Free my ass, faggot!

    • Fish

      like ive said here many times before, we are hip hop fans - a genre of music unparalelled in its content about crime, murder drug dealing and stealing. So how can these people preach that sort of thing on the CDs and then get angry wen someone steals the music or when a record exec fleeces them for massive royalties. You reap wat u sow.

  • Roshizzle

    Funny that after reading this all these idiots can say is Eminem the best because he sells the most. That cracker overrated as fuck. You idiots are missing the point Eminem and you dumb monkeys are part of the problem. The world needs mindless fucks like some of you. without people like you we wouldn't have janitors or McDonalds. so keep it stupid homos.

    • Anonymous

      What's up with that race shit? Most hip hop fans are white (at least the ones who buy albums), get over it.

    • aarontodavis

      Eminem isnt as good as he used to but he's FAR from overrated. He sold millions of records but being himself and being creative. He rarely creates pop records or club records and yet any single he puts out can reach commercial success. He's 1 of da best (or was) and dats y he sells. He made it w/out selling out

    • Broward Fuckin' County

      Not only overrated, but almost completely devoid of relevance to anybody except his white male minions. But those minions buy every corny record he puts out so...

    • sic

      Overrated? Really?

  • blaze

    Fuck all the hate This was some real shit and I agree. Big up this interview one of the best i have heard in a while

  • Anonymous

    next to NAS, IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE IS THE G.O.A.T !!!!!!!

  • No ID

    American rap fans = STUPID. Can't believe rap started in US lol

  • Anonymous

    you're all dumb.

  • IT is a fraud

    Immortal Technique is a joke. I'm chilean but I think this guy is just a narrow minded asshole like that fat bastard in Jedi Mind Tricks and this Hopsin guy who tries to sound like Eminem. These guys are anti-illuminati? Hell no, if fact they are more involved in the occult than Jay-Z, Kanye, Lil Wayne or Eminem for that matter. Hell, even 2pac named himself Makaveli who was known to be one of the most evilest man in the world. Stop worshipping your idols (dickride as you guys call it) and just realize they aren't special. Immortal Technique doesn't give a shit about you. I swear IT fans sound like Justin Bieber fans and I don't listen to any of Gucci, Waka Flocka, Bieber, or Nicki Minaj music on the radio. I can tolerate some radio rappers but I don't worship them or follow them cuz they are fake too. Every rapper is a fraud. Hip-Hop was founded by 5% a satanic cult to deceive the african american community to hate on jews and believe that the black man is God. My friend, that is the basic teachings of satanism. It's getting late.

    • Da R

      what the fuck this fucker talking about you getting a lil too deep cuz. seems like to the point of making shit up. shouldn't yo azz be bumping some chilean music anyway? like some Shakira or something? you don't see us hating on that shit.

    • Oh Yeah?

      So your logic means Run-DMC, Kurtis Blow, and The Sugarhill Gang are all satanists too since they started commercial rap? Jesus wasn't white and Eazy-E was backed by the Jewish Defense League. I smell some bullshit to either hide racism (your true purpose) or just to hate on rap.

    • RIght...sike

      "Hip-Hop was founded by 5% a satanic cult to deceive the african american community to hate on jews and believe that the black man is God." That's a nice gay theory you got there guy...What you gonna say next huh? That God made the snow white because he wanted to prove a point to black people? Go sit down, choke your dick up until you see some pre-cum and then slurp it up... queer bait...

  • gutter man

    LISTEN YOU MINDLESS INDOCTRINATED FUCKIN CLONES- YOU SUCK-DISSIN IMMORTAL?/ AND DEFENDING THE EVIL MUSIC INDUSTRY- THE INDUSTRYS EVILS ARE DOCUMENTED AND PEOPLE IN THE KNOW LAUGH AT YOU MAINSTREAM CONFORMIST DRONES WHO SAY THE INDUSTRY HASNT ROBBED CATS. IMMORTAL IS THE SHARPEST AND IS TELLING THE TRUTH- OPEN YOUR MINDS AND RESEARCH HOW MUCH THE RECORDING INDUSTRY HAS FUCKED OVER GREAT ARTIST- AND DONT PRETEND ITS ALL ON THE TABLE, LIKE ARTISTS HAVE A CHOICE- CAUSE SHADY SHIT GOES DOWN... DAMN MAN- TONS OF IGNORANT FOOLS ON THIS SITE -JUST POPPIN OFF WITH NO REAL UNDERSTANDING. THE TRUTH HURTS BITCHS AND THE WORLD IS CHANGING. DONT COME ON HERE HATING IMMORTAL CAUSE YOUR FATHER IS AN OLD CONSERVATIVE CONSPIRATOR, YA FUCKIN NAZI SHIT HEADS.

  • The Truth

    He sounds stupid as shit for this comment. Who the fuck do he thinks going to buy shit if it's FREE! Ain't nothing free i bet you he doesn't do SHOWS for FREE! Get the fuck out of here blaming record labels for wanting to recroup the money they put into an investment. Shut the fuck up Immortal dummy...

    • Ramiro

      Tech has already done shows for free, he has even given away free shit at his shows. Do your research before talking. People buy his stuff because they respect it, even if they can get it for free.

    • Herpderp

      lol u dumb as fuck, go kill yoself nigga... techniq is just saying the record industry is fucked up.. label is greedy jews... and as an artist u only start making papers by doing shows and selling merch as long as ur independant... u should no dat unless ur dumb as fuck, which u r.

    • gutter man ya brother

      shows for fre??! ha ha ha ha ha, thats impossible unless debt is the goal. he is telling you - you can have his albums- he has made a quantum leap as far as artist/fan relations go and you mad? most of what he says is true- on some documented Noam Chomsky shit. THE WORLD IS VERY DIFFERENT THAN YOU UN-CRITICAL PEOPLE THINK IT IS. YOU HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO- IMMORTAL CAN HELP, AND HE DOES CARE- WORST MISTAKE YOU CAN MAKE IS TO BE TOO BIG HEADED TO LISTEN TO HIS KNOWLEDGE. its not all a consspiracy and not all powerful people are bad, but a lot of crazy shit is goin down- do yourselves a favor and do some research. INFOWARS.COM TO START- MAYBE someday you will buy and read a BOOK!!!!!!!

  • A

    Life is about leverage. Get some. Record companies didn't "steal" anything. Artists "gave away" their rights. You can't protect people from themselves. If you don't like the deal, don't sign the contract. If you don't understand the deal, get help.

    • You don't know the whole story

      You don't even know what's really going on behind the scenes. What you say makes sense but that doesn't mean it applies every situation.

  • yo9

    immortal technique is one of the best of all time.....if u dont agree go climb back in ur moms asshole

  • M.u. Tha Don

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  • Avays 豐 Hamed

    if any1 is wondering who he is- hes one of the best rappers ever turn of mtv and the fucking radio and just take a listen to revolutionary vol 1 and 2

    • Ramiro

      Lol Technique cant move a crowd?? Go to one of his shows and then say that. I've been to them and believe me the crowd is moving.

    • Immortal

      ^ sorry this music too intelligent for u, go listen to some lil wayne u braindead lame.

    • thetruth

      he's boring as fuck.. All that talking don't mean shit if you can't move the crowd..

    • Anonymous

      immortal is a beastttttttt....... this dude will two girl one cup any rapper and almost any mc in the biz. viva la revelucion!!!!

  • rodjilius

    the man is pretty deep

  • kd

    okay...so first of all...who the fuck is this guy...

  • Wilder Charles

    talking about studio gangstas I gotta give Jaime Foxx props for exposing fake niggas like Plies on Foxx Hole radio. listen to this.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5TvlxOfFQw

    • PLIES?

      to begin with look where jamie foxx iz he iz in no line to say who fake and who real and fo u to think thats what happen it aint what it iz niggaz showed up that he had no respect fo and was not talked to about or nothing so was like get these wanksters out of here

  • Anonymous

    Immortal Technqiue is a little bitch, he was on a forum way back then and had arguements over days with people who called him whack and acted as somebody else, til a user exposed him.

  • Anonymous

    I rather listen to him than than EMINEM CRAP that you've been forcing down every human being on earth since 2000...fucking annoying bullcrap rap, watered down hi hop for white people to digest!!!

    • Anonymous

      You know what? Most artists who don't sell are crap, too.

    • stop using sales

      Also, stop using sales to defend an artist, when most artists who sell now-a-days are CRAP!

    • WRONG!

      WRONG! Eminem doesn't have the most record sales of any artist. He does in hip hop, but not in music as a whole.

    • Anonymous

      detox monster is correct. which artist has the most album sales in the world? hmm eminem. alright just checkin

    • dox

      @DETOX, you could learn something from the past for any kind of decent future you... racist pig!

    • Anonymous

      @DetoxMonster, your a funky "cracker" who doesn't know shit about what your talking about...I'll school you on real hip hop any day of the week and it ain't salim shady!

    • DetoxMonster

      Can you STFU with that Racist sh*t already!? I'm not white & I bump Eminem 24/7! Rather than that BS in Radios!!! Get Your 1800's Head outta your Ass!!!

  • LordLamickTheEmperor

    Alot of the negative comments I've read don't even address the actual topic - How Labels and the Industry have stolen more, culturally and financially from the rap/hip-hop game (probably touching on music in general) than illegal downloading. Which pretty much just shows how retarded and obvious some haters are. And I'm calling you haters, because you can't construct a relevant argument, you just go on about how you don't like the guy because of his lyrical/technical ability or his views on conspiracy theories like the illuminati. Get some objectivity and quit being retarded. What IT is saying is very true, you know these labels and parent labels, such as UMG, have been caking off of artists and actively deciding what music/artists get recognition and which don't, they control their artists to the point where the music, and inevitably the culture, is ruined. I hope that the Internet doesn't get policed to stop Illegal downloading, because frankly, there's so much bullshit churned out from major label artists, that paying for it all just to find a diamond in the rough isn't worth it at all. Stay unsigned, make good quality music, don't let the labels force you out of your niche, get a fanbase, make people recognize you through your honest work and the fans that you gain from THAT, are much stronger than any fan you could gain from some overexposure backed by a major label. Music has unfortunately just become a carton of milk in a large supermarket, almost indistinguishable from it's counterparts, only given different genere's (skimmed/semi-skimmed) and a good public image.

  • DMAX

    Hes a smart dude no doubt, but sometimes he says shit which is just crazy, in this case I agree with him.

  • Salaam

    He might be paranoid and borderline schizophrenic but at least he is intelligent and coherent. And he makes a good point here.

  • wow

    The people who say Tech's a bad rapper seriously don't understand his songs. Those rappers whose albums you're buying are buying NOTHING but cars and material objects with their sales, while Tech is building an orphanage in Africa. Not to mention, his songs are actually intellectual and teach you things about the government and world that most you ignorant fucks wouldn't know.

    • Boogeyman

      Okay... realistically speaking, if a rapper buys a Ford F-350, and put some 30 inch rims on it, he's going to put money in the pockets of the employees at Ford, who are generally black. Then the rim shop is probably owned by a black dude. And of course, the detail shop where he gets his truck sharp is gonna have blacks and Mexicans working for them. So I'd rather have a rapper talk about shit I can relate to, and create economy in the hood, than talk about some ideological commie/hippie bullshit that ain't never gonna happen so he can build an orphanage for some flyswatting kid in Africa who ain't never gonna amount to shit anyway. Let Africans get their own shit together, and quit killing each others kids, and raping each other's women. Dumb motherfuckers...

  • SutterKane

    Not This Paranoid idiot Again SMH Hey Tech, wasnt the Middle Passage suppose to drop years ago??? Let me guess, George Bush & The Illuminati Had a Seance with the Devil and told him to have an Alien Kidnap Your music files and teke them to Jupitor right??

  • adssa

    Who honestly cares what this idiot has to say? If you think anything he says is true then you are an idiot.

    • how

      How is listening to what he has to say, being an idiot? It's called being open minded and and using your mind. Stop trolling, you just want people to fight back with you because your the idiot, and you have no life. People absolutely HATE and DESPISE the TRUTH. Wisdom, get some.

    • Anonymous

      If you dont believe in "conspiracy theories" then search for and read about the gulf of tonkin...Then move on from there to other things that are going on.

    • Doc

      This man has travelled the globe as a performer, reads books, and knows what he's talking about. How much knowledge do you have? Very little it seems from your DUMB post.

    • SutterKane

      And that would make you wanna of the Crybaby Liberal, brainwashed internet nerds who are actually stupid enough to believe in the Retarded Illuminati Rumors & Conpiracy Theories This idiot spouts off about right??

    • mando

      haha u must be one of those little brainwashed americans that only believe in what the government says,way to go you fuckin puppet

  • MEGADON

    he's not in my top 10 as a rapper. but to say he dont got skills is just being ignorant that means you gotta be one of these white kids with a republican family that just hate the TRUTH he brings to light, i respect dude like a father

    • ^^^what?

      Ill sever your head diagonally for thinking of dissing me; And then use your dead body to write my name in calligraphy; This puppet democracy brainwashed your psychology; So you’re nothing like diversity without equality; And your crew is full of more faggots than Greek mythology; Using numerology to count the people I sent to heaven; Produces more digits than 22 divided by 7. (for all you slower people who posted saying hes no good, 22/7=pi, wordplay at its finest!)

    • Anonymous

      He has no skill.

    • HAHHA

      IT sucks. He has little to no skill. IF you think anything he says is truth you are retarded. uMad?

  • Anonymous

    tech is a hero for the work he's laid down in indy rap. dude is a boss in his realm. one of the most enlightening minds in the music industry, a lot of people think he's some conspiracy nut that can't hold a realistic conversation, when he's already showed niggas how to work the rap game independently. he should really write a book. BUT, HURRY UP WITH THE ALBUM. WHAT THE FUCK MAN? THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU PUT RECORDING ASIDE TO TOUR. WISH HE FOUND MORE TIME TO RECORD, REV 2 came out like 8 years ago.

  • Anonymous

    he a smart dude but musically he has no appeal. all his songs sounds the same.

  • Anonymous

    personally i don't know why these rappers sign w/ major labels anymore anyway. these labels are basically middlemen and w/ the way the internet is now, they dont need these labels. in the past, even though guys were making money selling cds out the trunk of their cars, they weren't getting the recognition they wanted. w/ the internet you can make the money AND have more ppl aware of who you are. fuck all these major labels

    • Anonymous

      @titooo you're dumb as hell. Anonymous is agreeing w/ IT. did you read what he wrote?

    • titooo

      they sign with major labels because otherwise nobody will listen to their music. It's funny to see people dissing Immortal Tech...the truth hurts, huh?

  • Sensaye252

    Wow. A rapper with a brain and a mind of his own. I know that's a scary concept to a lot of people. Immortal Technique won't really be appreciated 'til he's gone.

  • Anonymous

    real smart dude right here

  • Anonymous

    last of the realiest alive. tru shhhhhit

  • Anonymous

    Good stuff...I download music "illegaly" all the time. But after a few weeks if Im still liking the music I go and buy the cd/cds. I feel its the only way after all these years of getting tricked into buying shit filled cds.

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