Hello everyone

I have always enjoyed listening to music. I mostly listen to hip-hop and rap, but mainly enjoy older rap and hip-hop from the 80s and 90s. When rappers used to talk about issues that where occurring in the community, and their lyrics attempted to tell a story. I have had a difficult time finding new artist that can still achieve this with their music. I have found a few underground independent rappers that still achieve this with their music. One of these rappers is Immortal Technique. He is a rapper that grew up in Harlem and was born in Lima Peru, and has always focused on controversial issues in global politics. His lyrics expressed a commentary on issues such as class struggle, poverty, religion, government, and industrial racism that effect minorities in the United States, and in foreign countries where the United States has a presence.

A song I find that I find many people do not fully appreciate is “Peruvian Cocaine”. I don’t think many people know that he was born in Peru and uses native Peruvian music as beats for his music. I find this song to have a strong message because he speaks of how America’s drug use has oppressed the country of Peru, and sends out a message threw this song that many would not know about if it weren’t for this song. He has many other songs that have a strong message and has remained an independent artist because he does not want record labels controlling his lyrics and telling him what to rap about.


About ocbarrios

Professor for Cal State Fullerton's Barrio Studies class for Fall 2011 semester

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