Immortal Technique’s perspective on all things political in Hip Hop is often thought-provoking. When the topic of Kanye West’s poignant song, “New Slaves” was brought up in a recent interview with Vlad TV, the Harlem native gave his opinion on the matter.

“I don’t even know why he said that, did he say that to evoke thought?” Tech said when asked what he thought about the song. “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.”

Immortal Technique admits that he wasn’t sure what Kanye’s motive was with the song and that he hasn’t even heard it, but he said he did agree that people can be wealthy and enslaved at the same time.

“This is my disclaimer, I don’t know what his mental state was, I haven’t heard the song so I don’t know what the fuck else was said in that verse or what was said in conjunction with that verse,” he explained. “But can people be fabulously wealthy and still be blind as fuck? Yes…they can.”

During the same sit down, Tech previously said that people will forget about Trayvon Martin and that “the government should be willing to sacrifice itself for the benefit of the people.”

Watch the full Vlad TV sit-down interview below:

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