Immortal Technique Speaks On "The Martyr" Concept

Tech also touches on a few cuts off the project.

Following the release of his new mixtape The Martyr, Immortal Technique stopped by MTV News to explain the message behind the project. During the interview, he said that he attempted to dismantle the ego of Hip Hop in positioning himself as a martyr for the culture.

“For me, it was more the process of saying OK, as a revolutionary, there are aspects of the ego that have to die. You have to lose this sense of self, self, self all the time, which is very hard, because Hip Hop is centered around oneself. Like, ‘I’m the best person in the world, I’m the best rapper. I’ve got more money than you,’” he said. “It’s interesting to see the public’s reaction to that, like they’re singing along to the lyrics like they’re the richest person, like they have money too. And then they go home to a hovel. So it’s interesting to note that in itself, The Martyr was more a reflection of the evolution of a human being.”

Tech, who recently visited Occupy Wall Street in New York City, New York, also reflected on the track “Rich Man’s World (1%),” on which he rhymes from the perspective of a wealthy person.

“I basically rhyme from the perspective of someone who is richer than the richest rapper. This is how I see the world,” he said, doting on the humorous elements of the cut. "It's just funny. I like to inject humor into something, because if everything is such a serious, 'the world is crumbling, revolution, blood in the street' [topic], then music becomes one-dimensional. And even though I make music that might be different from what you find in the commercial mainstream, I don't want it to be one-dimensional."

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9 Comments

  • K.O.L

    the mixtape was good stuff... not every joint but alot of joints are hot on dat mothafucka

  • che guevara

    It's dope to see technique on MTV!!! Viva la Revolucion!!!

  • dockevoc

    Technique is a beast and my favorite artist to see live but this mixtape was fucking trash...it's all good though I don't expect him to give away his best shit and i'll still be checking for the Middle Passage...he gets a pass

  • PHA5ER

    Immortal Technique IS THE BEST RAPPER ALIVE...

  • Swordz

    Echo what dude says below. (long ass name) I like the Martyr mixtape but I feel like I've heard it before. I would prefer musically, if he went more Wu-Tang less Army of Pharo's. Content is right but lacks the kick. I don't know... just something was missing. Hoping for better on the middle passage.

  • AlwayzRemainInformed

    i'm a big technique fan, but i still feel like this mixtape beats the message over your head. it's still a good message; the right message, but he needs to go back to being balanced like he was on vol. 2 imo.

  • Anonymous

    THROW AWAY ALL THAT ENTERTAINMENT FAKE SOFT BULLSHIT AND LISTEN TO THIS REAL HIP HOP REAL MUSIC A REAL MESSAGE A REAL MC GREAT MUSIC WITH A PASSION Immortal Technique>>>>>>>>>>>Officer William Lil Gremlin Drake ETC

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