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.

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About ocbarrios

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

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