Immortal Technique/ Da Circle Interview

Dance With The Devil. If those words do not bring to mind the powerful and captivating lyrics of underground rapper Immortal Technique, then you obviously need to do some research. Felipe Andres Coronel, better known as Immortal Technique, is one of the best rappers in the game right now. While some rappers spend their money on luxurious living, I.T. actually uses money he receives from his albums to help children in Afghanistan, create grant programs for high school students and speak to young adults that are in prison. In the vein of rappers KRS-One, Chuck D and Zach De La Rocha I.T. delivers a message that not only addresses current problems, but does it in such a way that you feel the song on a much deeper level.

Da Circle which consists of Fatz D’ Assassin and Goodtime Slim, are also rappers that you definitely need to check out. Hailing from the streets of NYC Da Circle has been around for awhile. Starting out as The Usual Suspects with six members, Da Circle eventually became the duo that it is now, and a loss of members has not slowed them down. Working with people such as Poisen Pen and I.T., Da Circle obviously is someone to know about.

Both signed to Viper Records I.T. and Da Circle were representing their label throughout the whole week of Austin, Texas’ SXSW 2011 music festival. Taking a break out of their crazy schedule both groups talked to me about their music, the SXSW atmosphere, future plans and other things.

Press Releases

KRS-ONE & BUCKSHOT “Survival Skills” In Stores September 15th Album Features Mary J Blige, Atmosphere, Immortal Technique, Talib Kweli & More KRS-ONE Proclaims ROBOT as the official Death Of Auto-Tune Song

KRS-ONE & BUCKSHOT “Survival Skills” In Stores September 15th Album Features Mary J Blige, Atmosphere, Immortal Technique, Talib Kweli & More KRS-ONE Proclaims ROBOT as the official Death Of Auto-Tune Song

After making their indelible marks on the game luminaries KRS-One and Buckshot, arguably two of the games most prolific emcees, will link up to give fans a collaborative album entitled Survival Skills. The project will be released on Duck Down Records, September 15,th while the duo will be featured on The Rock The Bells tour this Summer.

With guests ranging from Mary J. Blige, Slug Of Atmosphere, K’NAAN, Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, Melanie Fiona, Naledge of Kidz In The Hall, Sean Price, Geo of Blue Scholars, Smif N Wessun and Rock of Heltah Skeltah, “Survival Skills” represents a diverse range of topics, all while maintaining a consistent sound. The album has production from Havoc of Mobb Deep, 9th Wonder, Black Milk, ILL MIND, Coptic, Moss, Nottz, Marco Polo, and KHRYSIS!

On the surface the album is a testament to the resiliency of two lyrical titans, but at its root Survival Skills is a blueprint for life. For instance on the infectious head-nodder “Robot,” which was released 6 weeks prior to Jay Z’s “The Death Of Auto Tune” track, and already available World Wide at Digital Retail Shops, such as iTunes, the duo speak-out against the recent overuse of the Auto-Tune vocal effect in urban music, but under the surface the message is much deeper. “I don’t want people to get the averaged clichéd version and thinking that we’re dissing people,’” Buckshot clarifies. “What we’re calling out here is the biters, the people that feel like because this guy sold X amount of records doing this, that I’m going to turn around and do it as well,” KRS says of the array of artists who have followed in the creative footsteps of Roger Troutman, Afrikka Bambatta, Teddy Riley and T-Pain. Despite its heavy message, sonically the track, produced by Mobb Deep’s Havoc, is as inviting as anything on the radio today. The video for “ROBOT,” directed by Todd Angkaswan, has been added into rotation at MTV & BET. The track has also been included in the sound track for Activision’s upcoming Tony Hawk skate game in stores this Fall.

Coincidently, ROBOT is not the first example of where Jay Z has released similar material and concepts from KRS-ONE & BUCKSHOT. In 2003, Buckshot’s group Black Moon recorded a song called “Stay Real,” which was, again, released 6 weeks prior to Jay Z’s “Public Service Announcement” track, that ironically contained the same sample as Black Moon’s “Stay Real.”

A couple years prior to this Jay Z released “THE BLUEPRINT,” which was the same title used by KRS-ONE in his classic album, Boogie Down Productions “Ghetto Music: The BLUEPRINT of Hip Hop.”

KRS-One and Buckshot are the epitome of rap longevity and relevancy. After making his 1987 debut with Boogie Down Productions on the seminal rap classic Criminal Minded, KRS-One instantly became an icon going on to release a gang of essential works including 1988’s By All Means Necessary and 1993’s Return of the Boom Bap. Similarly when Buckshot came into the game in 1993 with Enta Da Stage as Black Moon’s front man, fans instantly took notice.

And the party never stopped, KRS-One’s 2007 collaborative album with producer Marly Marl, (“Hip Hop Lives”) was critically acclaimed and his work on “Classic,” the Kanye West, Nas and Rakim featured track celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Nike’s Air Force 1 shoe, earned the Teacher a Grammy nod. Buckshot has continued to churn-out some of the game’s most progressive projects as well, most notably his 9th Wonder-produced albums Chemistry (2005) and The Formula (2008). Couple those with the licensing deals which have landed Buck’s music on networks like ESPN and The History Channel, as well as an episode of CSI Las Vegas and it’s clear to see why the Boot Camp general has remained one of the game’s most influential.

“Ever since 1993 we’ve been passing each other on tour or in the studio saying, one day we should tour together, or one day we should do a record together,” says KRS of the long-awaited union. “Well finally myself and Buckshot have the chance to collaborate on a straight up and down MC’in project.”

For all of their individual accomplishments, KRS-ONE and Buckshot remain fans of each other’s work; complementing each other’s strengthens. “That’s still KRS-One at the end of the day. I didn’t know how to rhyme back when I first started listening to Kris,” says Buck alluding to his partner’s dominant history. In turn, KRS gives all praises to the Black Moon front man. “I am the humble teacher on the track, Buckshot is clearly the man,” he says.

Still gritty tracks like “Clean Up,” featuring Rock of Heltah Skeltah and the politically minded “Running Away” featuring Immortal Technique, make Survival Skills a Hip-Hop fan’s dream, catering to those that love lyrics and the boom-bap. Equally as rich is the album’s Black Milk-produced track, “The Way I Live” featuring the Queen of hip-hop soul, Mary J. Blige. Together they create a triumphant anthem for all those on the grind trying to conquer their dreams. The song’s summery feel and soothing melodies make it an instant hit.

Throughout, both veterans sound as hungry and invigorated as any of their rap counterparts. “Projects like these are projects that motivate me,” KRS says. “The idea to work with another MC that has his own persona and style and do a real collaboration in the studio, that’s motivation. I already got 16 albums of my own,” he adds.

What KRS-One and Buckshot have created is an album that is socially responsible, lyrically sharp and sonically banging. Buckshot sums it up best, “Hip-Hop was started as an option to not killing each other. We were in the ghettos and we were real fucked up. We created Hip-Hop so we didn’t have to do that anymore.”

“The album is called Survival Skills, because that is what it takes.”

KRS-ONE & BUCKSHOT Upcoming Tour Dates:

Rock The Bells

KRS-ONE Hosting


Washington, DC – Sunday July 12th

Merriweather Post Pavilion

Boston, MA – Saturday July 18th

Comcast Center

New York, NY – Sunday July 19th

Jones Beach Theater

Vancouver, BC, CAN – Saturday August 1st

Deer Lake Park

Calgary, AB, CAN – Sunday August 2nd

Shaw Millennium Park

Denver, CO – Thursday August 6th

Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Los Angeles, CA – Saturday August 8th

San Manuel Amphitheatre

San Francisco, CA – Sunday August 9th

Shoreline Amphitheatre

Myspace Album Release Show – New York, NY – Friday – 9/11

Press Releases

Ill Bill’s Sophomore Album The Hour Of Reprisal To Feature Raekwon, Slayer, Immortal Technique, Bad Brains, and More | Album To Be Released On Uncle Howie Records / Fat Beats Records

Ill Bill’s Sophomore Album The Hour Of Reprisal To Feature Raekwon, Slayer, Immortal Technique, Bad Brains, and More | Album To Be Released On Uncle Howie Records / Fat Beats Records

The highly anticipated second solo album from Brooklyn’s independent hip-hop kingpin ILL BILL is finally scheduled for release on the Uncle Howie/Fat Beats label. The former Non Phixion standout and current La Coka Nostra riot-starter has surgically crafted the very album the hip-hop world has been missing and craving for far too long.

Whether holding it down alongside iconic MCs such as Raekwon the Chef and B-Real, or with their spiritual disciples Immortal Technique, Vinnie Paz and Necro, or masterminding stellar collaborations with the likes of the legendary Bad Brains and heavy metal thrashers Killswitch Engage, Bill confidently swaggers the line between genres with fellow visionaries DJ Premier, DJ Muggs, T-Ray, DJ Lethal and others behind the boards. Also, for the first time, a bulk of the production has been propelled by Bill himself.

Along with the exactly one hour long audio disc, comes a DVD of ILL BILL annihilating punk rock mecca CBGB, live and direct from the same stage once immortalized by the likes of The Ramones, Blondie, The New York Dolls and so many others. Additionally, the artwork for The Hour of Reprisal has been created by none other than Larry Carroll; the man behind numerous controversial album covers for the mighty Slayer, including their classic Reign In Blood.

Following up his recent 52 date support slot with Tech N9ne and Paul Wall, ILL BILL will head out on a lengthy North American headlining tour with Heltah Skeltah’s Sean Price in tow, beginning September 11th and running until November 9th. The tour will include a performance at this year’s We The People Festival in Los Angeles on September 27th, with artists such as RZA, Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello, Suicidal Tendencies, Fishbone, DJ Premier and many others.

YouTube video of Bill talking about the album:

Track Listing

1. Babylon feat. Howard Jones of Killswitch Engage
2. Doomsday Was Written In An Alien Bible
3. Trust Nobody
4. A Bullet Never Lies feat Vinnie Paz of Jedi Mind Tricks
5. White Nigger
6. My Uncle
7. Riya feat. HR and Darryl Jenifer of Bad Brains
8. War Is My Destiny feat. Immortal Technique and Max Cavalera of Sepultura/Soulfly
9. Society Is Brainwashed
10. This Is Who I Am
11. Too Young feat. HERO and Slaine of La Coka Nostra
12. Pain Gang feat. B-Real of Cypress Hill and Everlast of La Coka Nostra
13. U.B.S. (The Unauthorized Biography of Slayer)
14. Coka Moshiach feat. Raekwon The Chef
15. The Most Dangerous Weapon Alive
16. Soap
17. I’m A Goon
18. Only Time Will Tell feat. Necro, Tech N9ne and Everlast of La Coka Nostra

Immortal Technique Reviews

Immortal Technique – Revolutionary Vol. 2 review

Immortal Techniqueby Christopher “Scav” Yuscavage

Be careful. Immortal Technique has got a brain full of knowledge, a heart filled with hatred, and a potent mouth spurting out more truth than an anti-smoking commercial, and he’s not afraid to use any of it.

His second full-length creation “Revolutionary Vol. 2,” the follow-up to his controversial “Vol. 1,” not only picks up where the first leaves off, it comes for the heads of those that are not listening yet, the half-truth news anchorman, the unoriginal A&R, the snake promoter, and the weak public that accepts whatever the government tells them. But, unlike other “revolutionists” and social connoisseurs, Immortal Technique manhandles a mean set of rebellious beats and radical lyrics too, with an attractive and informative approach that makes the average socially conscious rapper look like an average social slacker.

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Immortal Technique Reviews

Immortal Technique – Revolutionary vol. 2 review

Immortal Techniqueby Hugo Lunny

Every now and again I receive or hear of an album that truly stands out. Hip Hop fans nowadays all consider themselves an authority on what’s hot and what’s not, and, it seems that the views differ so drastically that deciding to actually pay attention to any one artist or opinion seems pointless. So, I rarely take the time to review a release. I have writers who do that and I typically handle the organization of the site. With that said though, after a lot of positive comments from people I, on occasion, pay attention to – I was exposed to Immortal Technique.

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Akir Immortal Technique Videos

AKIR Feat. Immortal Technique – Treason video

FROM THE FORTHCOMING ALBUM, IN STORES: JULY 17th, 2007 Immortal Technique Presents…Akir “Legacy”

Owing to pent-up demand from a rabid and growing fanbase, Akir’s debut album Legacy is re-released on July 17th courtesy
of Babygrande Records. The album was executive produced by buzzing politically charged emcee Immortal Technique and features guest appearances from Jean Grae, Immortal Technique, Abiodun (The Last Poets), Dujeous & more. Production on the album is handled by Southpaw (Immortal Technique), Heat Makers (Juelz Santana), The Fyre Dept (GZA), DJ Static & others.

Akir has already experienced massive press support, having been recently featured in XXL’s renowned Chairman’s Choice column as well as receiving the honorary (and coveted) unsigned hype accolade from seminal hip-hop publication The Source. A tireless road warrior, Akir has spent the last few years on tour, completing a total of 2 international tours, 7 domestic tours, 200+ shows including Amsterdam, Denmark, London, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and, Venezuela. He has performed with a variety of acts including Nas, Kool G. Rap, Mos Def, Styles P, KRS-1, Ghostface, The Game, Talib Kweli, Saigon, Dead Prez, Little Brother,
Jean Grae, Masta Ace, Wordsworth, Vast Aire, Brother Ali, Immortal Technique and more.