Immortal Technique Says Artists' Lack Of Intellectual Property Is "The New Slavery"

Immortal Technique talks whitewashing and White supremacy, calls artists the "workhorse" of the industry.

Over the past few months, Harlem rapper Immortal Technique has provided fans with commentary on the conflict in Syriathe recent government shutdown and other politics-driven topics. But during a recent conversation with Get Gone TV, Technique offered his thoughts on the music industry and its handling of artists. 

While commenting on the music industry, the Peruvian-born wordsmith addressed artists’ lack of ownership on their intellectual property, calling it “the new slavery.” And to aid in his break down of the music industry, the rapper referenced George Orwell’s 1945 novel, “Animal Farm.”

“I think what basically I’ve seen over the course of these years is that a lot of record labels use the artists the way the horses were used in ‘Animal Farm,’” Technique says. “And they seemed to act like the pigs in ‘Animal Farm.’ I think when you look at it in that fashion, we’re really used as the workhorse for that industry. And that we don’t have enough say. And we don’t have enough of our—not just ownership of intellectual property, which is the new slavery. Before it was physical property. A human being turned into physical property, but now it’s more about retaining ownership of the work that you do and that which you put into creating something that then another person will co-opt or then will take from you and claim it’s their idea.”

White supremacy was also brought up during Immortal Technique’s conversation as he questioned why persons outside of the United States or Europe are hardly mentioned when it concerns past breakthroughs in math and science.

“Now in the past this was done because society was dominated by White supremacy,” said the rapper. “So, any idea that came from people of color was automatically taken out of their hand. In other words, it wasn’t official until someone else put their stamp on it. Even European colonialism did this with the westernizing and the whitewashing of science and math. For example, we think of science and math. We can’t name one person from the Middle East. One person from China. One person from Africa. But then they tell us Sir Isaac Newton. We all know who that is, right?”

Immortal Technique also touched on mental slavery in a past interview with Vlad TV as he suggested that rich, Black people are victims of mental enslavement.

"I wouldn't say that rich Black people are the new slaves, that would be ridiculous, but are rich black people being mentally enslaved? Absolutely, because if they had any sense they would start their own industries that benefited some of their own people,” Tech said.

In addition to expressing his thoughts on political and social issues in various interviews, Immortal Technique has also addressed those same issues, as well as matters of racism and religion, in his music. 

The rapper’s last project, The Martyr, was released in 2011 and according to Technique, his next LP, The Middle Passage, is “about halfway done.”

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  • Joe

    Man, people on this website are mad hateful. Every video you go to, nothing but hate in the comments.

    • Scarface the Racist

      Seriously on point. How the fuck niggas coming to together to take the first step with this shit. Just wanna talk shit all day.

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  • Allyougetinreturnisalotoflip

    White People this, White People that (White People won't hold my hand no more) White People this, White People that White People that, White People this (White People won't give me no money) Get off White People dick What y'all niggas get front page articles, y'all mention White People name (This thing on?) White People, White People, in White People news I understand what y'all trying to do I brought the flutes this time, though I unleashed the flutes on them.

  • Anonymous

    calm down white people Tech is dam right

  • Bill

    Oh here we go, once again this fucking fake wannabe know it all wants to break bullshit knowledge to look smart because his career is dead! Get a grip immortal seriously! You don't know jack shit! Just because you read books doesn't make you smart nor is it the truth to what you read.

  • Anonymous

    fake revolutionist

  • Anonymous

    wannabe intellectual faggot gtfo.

  • Anonymous

    Immortal needs a hug. Dude is crying every few weeks about something. Do the players in the NBA own or run the league they play in? Of course not. The music industry doesn't owe you a thing. It's the artists responsibility to keep their business end up, and to read and understand their contracts. Some artists do and thus they have more leverage. Most don't, but that's just the way it is. It's not slavery if you willingly sign on the dotted line.

  • Brizz

    I got love for Tech and alot of respect for him both as a music maker and a debater but i cant agree with this... "I wouldn't say that rich Black people are the new slaves, that would be ridiculous, but are rich black people being mentally enslaved? Absolutely, because if they had any sense they would start their own industries that benefited some of their own people, This is a way of keeping up the thinking in black and white people. The thinking of my own people, us against them etc is a racist way of thinking put in place by elitist forces to control us. Classic divide and conquer. Fuck that shit, there are poor people and rich people. Break that race barrier and we as a people can unite and rise together to break down this sick sick system opressing us beyond our own comprehension. As long as we keep up that thinking in black and white the world stays like it.

  • Anonymous

    The comments below are absurd, He's quite the visionary and his evaluation of the music industry is bang on. If you could read an understand he is linking the people making money from their independent labels are being mentally enslaved in order for them to get their $$$$. For gods sake (which ever god you pray to) please start taking time to assess the article and do a little research before you start.... GREED = MENTAL ENSLAVEMENT

    • Anonymous

      Greed is destructive. Intelligent Self Interest is natural and healthy. Immortal Technique thinks anyone who doesn't believe in killing cops in the name of a Marxist Revolution is "mentally enslaved". Seems like the only one who is mentally enslaved is the person who bases his whole life on a single ideology from the 1800s.

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  • Anonymous

    if this fool had sold as many records as he has had bullshit posted on this site folks might know who the hell he is

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  • JohnnyGil

    We see a lot more artists starting their own independent labels what is this fool talking about?!

  • JohnnyGil

    Wealthy people, not just black you idiot, don't start their own industries not because they are "mentally enslaved", but because of GREED.

  • Anonymous

    FUCK this guy. Talking about people lacking intellectual property while the so called intellectual property he claims to possess is quite the contrary. This monotone flow idiot, wow. Imbecile.

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