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  • Audio CD (June 24, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Viper
  • ASIN: B00189MH9Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,980 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Death March (featuring Dj Green Lantern)
2. That's What it Is
3. Golpe De Estado (featuring Veneno & Temperamento)
4. Harlem Renaissance
5. Lick Shots (featuring Chino XL, Crooked I)
6. Apocrypha - Interlude
7. The 3rd World
8. Hollywood Driveby (featuring Psycho Realm & Sick Symphonies)
9. Reverse Pimpology (featuring Mojo)
10. Open Your Eyes
11. The Payback (featuring Diabolic & RasKass)
12. Adios Uncle Tom - Skit
13. Stronghold Grip (featuring Poison Pen & Swave Sevah)
14. Mistakes
15. Parole (Evil Genius Mix)
16. Crimes of the Heart (featuring Maya Azucena)Bonus Cuts... In order of appearance.*Apocalypse Remix (featuring Akir & Pharoahe Monch)*Watchout Remix*Rebel Arms (featuring J.Arch & Da Circle)

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Fiercely political Harlem-born MC Immortal Technique stormed onto hip-hop's stage in the early 2000s with some of the most outspoken and intelligently provocative rhymes since the heyday of Public Enemy. Attacking corporate greed and American imperialism, and touting numerous progressive causes in his lyrics, Technique can come off as much like an issue of the Nation magazine as he can a contemporary rapper. He nurtures the careers of like-minded rappers through his own Viper Records, and has collaborated with MCs such as KRS-One, Chuck D, and Mos Def. Technique's song "Bin Laden" sparked tremendous controversy upon its release, as it unflinchingly discussed the Bush administration's role in the 9/11 attacks.

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The concept behind the album coming is built around relating the streets here in the US to those around the world. To illustrate that no matter what we face here, our native post-colonial lands are suffering 1000 times worse. This project was made to create more dialogue and communication between this country and Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe, The Middle East, and South East Asia, all those lands that were under European or American rule (less than 20 years ago in some places). For far too long we have been separated by petty rivalries and the unfathomably counterproductive superiority complexes that divide our people. No matter how difficult the conditions of our lives are in this nation they are still incomparable to the struggle of the people, (who we were once a part of) that are overseas or right across the border. Revolution is about a constant movement. So instead of retreating intellectually and physically, I choose to advance. I chose to build stronger alliances with my peoples overseas and here in this nation. This album/mixtape has something for everyone, not only in the style of music but in terms of it's mention of so many important topics that are sometimes swept under the rug by corporate media and culture that was bastardized by the oligarchy of the music industry. The title itself has a dual significance, the struggle of developing countries (who are usually almost always former slave states or vassal kingdoms) are mirrored within the Rap Industry. In the same way that First World Super Powers have traditionally and now continuously exploited the 3rd world for its natural resources, land, labor and industry the Major Label Super powers have done the same. Not only in the underground of Hip Hop but music in general, because the underground is the "The 3rd World." They have taken the industry, the labor and the intellectual property of our culture and claimed ownership as they once did by landing on foreign soil that didn't belong to them in the first place. They have fed us propaganda on both ends, one telling us that I order to be civilized and part of a globalized economy that we had to privatize our water, communications transportation, sell the rights to our oil, diamonds, farm lands etc... the other telling us that to succeed in the music business that we have to sell our publishing, our masters, and sign 360 deals where they own the rights to our merchandise and a large % of our shows. This album is a vivid and up close and personal look at the two intertwined battles for independence. Burt besides criticizing the album is also self critical, not only of myself personally for the mistakes I made in life and those my friends around me have made, but what we as a people have done to prolong our own mental, physical and spiritual bondage. The fight is not just against invasion and occupation thought but we struggle within ourselves, as the album itself doesn't try to paint America as "the great satan" but rather as simply a corporate mechanism that has vavasour like representatives in places like Africa, Latin America and The Middle East. There the people who are oppressing us are ourselves, motivated by greed, avarice, and an overwhelming lust for power that created once asset allies turned fallguys like Manuel Noriega and Sadaam Hussein. In other words oppression is not so much about the mask of race that was created to justify the existence of a class system but now our own people are the same ones exploiting us. Just as in the music industry as well, because the manner in which they are educated to operate is no different from that of the people that have traditionally exploited us. The struggle for independence is not just a metaphor for what goes on in countries fighting for their hegemonic voice, but also for the will and the strength to be interpreted so by the very music that defines a people and a country.

This struggle that is playing itself out between the resistance that fights for the culture and soul of Hip Hop opened my eyes to that fact that we are not outnumbered. Just not organized as well as we should be. I have traveled to many places South America, Central America, Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean and I look forward to building more solid frontiers with people who are doing the same where they are. Many told me that this war was impossible to win, and that the inevitable death of the substance left in this music and any music would come by force. But I, and the people I involved with this project such as Green Lantern who has been working on this with me since early 2007, and Southpaw as well as the few and proud over at Viper Records will not accept such a fate for our people. The 3rd World has a very diverse sound in its production and in the slew of guests I have asked to be a part of it. It also has a wide variety of concepts that are in the form of songs, which help to bring the story of this struggle to life. And even though it is an album in terms of being all original tracks Dj Green Lantern cut and blended the tracks together like a traditional mixtape. There are supporters of mine who have been waiting on other projects I promised, "The Middle Passage" and "Revolutionary Vol.3" two interestingly complicated projects that I am still working on and actually about half done with. This album was a bridge to the other albums that I have coming. It is a violent but lyrically saturated expression of music with a purpose and I thank all of the long time supporters of the message and the music for all that they have done in joining this Revolution that continues. Peace & Respect, Immortal Technique

Customer Reviews

One of the best underground hip hop artists of our time!
Will Bailey
I've now listened a few times through, and I have to say it is well worth buying the full album.
Immortal stays true to form by giving the listener information on true life.
Kyle Kinney

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Tamiem Ansari on June 24, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is the type of album that hip hop needs at this moment. If you are looking for music that informs, uplifts, enlightens, and wakes up the masses than this album is for you. If you are tired of the misogyny, violence, guns, females, bling talk in today's "RAP" music then Immortal Technique's third world is for you. We live in a society where mass media and corporations control and dumb down the people. It is refreshing to have a brother like Technique constantly go against the grain and actually be a voice to all the voiceless who are caught in the struggle and oppression. Support real hip hop and purchase this gem; you will not be disappointed.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By P. Binh on June 24, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Thanks to this CD, Immortal Technique is THE best political rapper out, and I listen to to a lot of stuff, Dead Prez, Papoose, Joe Budden, Mos Def, Joell Ortiz, Big Lou, the Roots, for example. He is the rare artist that can express revolutionary socialist politics through hard, clever rhymes that I haven't heard since Big L passed (RIP). For those who don't know, his standpoint is that of the politically conscious streetwise hustler who is willing to survive and overturn the system by any means necessary, and that's what gives his political rhymes their emotional punch.

If you've heard his earlier stuff on Revolutionary Volumes 1 and 2, imagine that but with zero weak/mediocore songs. Teaming up with DJ Green Lantern has been a big part of why this CD is so consistently amazing, but Immortal Technique definitely stepped his game up, developed himself as an artist, and worked really hard to put out something this good.

I was surprised to hear a sample from the Star Wars: the Phantom Menace soundtrack on the "Watchout Remix" and I was even more surprised how well he rhymed over it. In "Open Your Eyes," he does a spoken word piece in the same style as "Poverty of Philosophy" off his first album, and it's just as hard-hitting, insightful, and true as the original but there is more urgency to his message, given that the policies he's talking about have killed thousands of Americans in the war and millions (yes millions) of Iraqis through war and the sanctions that preceded them.

If this isn't the best release of the year, it will definitely be in the top 5. Well worth the $15.70 I paid for it. Anyone who likes this, downloads it, and doesn't pay, deserves to be shot.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. DiPaolo on June 24, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Immortal Technique outdoes himself here. He has progressed so much in the past few years. He spits with the beat better, has sick lyrics. DJ Green Lantern spins some nasty beats too. The entire album flows really well, and I urge any true hip-hop fan to pick this up.
Death March and That's What It Is are just absolutely crazy.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By MusicLova on June 24, 2008
Format: Audio CD
"I have always told people to burn my music because I want them to listen if they cannot find it in stores or can't afford it. And if you have no money and you want it, by all means I invite you to get it and spread the word. I just ask that you encourage those that really connect to it to help us out here. We have survived a war fighting with nothing, no major budget, no corporation investing in us, just us. Just a room full of people, of all races and religions, trying to make this Guerilla War successful, but we hope to do more than a traditional Guerilla campaign, we want to do more than just hold out long enough to cripple the enemy, we aim to rip apart section of the industry and make a real voice for truth. Hardcore truth from the streets, not just of America, but of The 3rd World. I wish inspire the people themselves who are the main component of any nation to rise up. Not like a mob, but as an informed and aware public that will not be swayed by cheap political parlor tricks and generic music." I.T.

I'm not sure Technique will ever sell out his message and for me that earns five stars alone. This album may not be a Rev Vol 1 or 2, but more importantly he brings something new... the 3rd World! "f+++ your chain, my people will k--- you for water!" lol gotta love it! Support
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stole on July 6, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Stop reading these reviews and just buy this album already.

If you love hip hop, or truth, or politics, if you love people that give you art that's grounded in reality rather than fantasy then you owe it to yourself to pick up this masterpiece from one of the hardest working poets out there.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T on July 7, 2008
Format: Audio CD
5 Mics with the 1996 "Source" system. The album is that good. By the time you hear the last track, you'll be researching the things Tech's talking about and find some startling truths among the sick rhymes.

If you haven't bought this CD yet and you're in line at Best Buy, Target or whatever, and you're trying to decide if you should get this vs. Carter III or whatever just came out, do yourself a favor get this one it, digest it then sample the others you'll be happy you got the entre and skipped the appetizer

Definitely worth the 12.99
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Gautam on July 1, 2008
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Immortal Technique has created another magnum opus and poignantly criticizes the status quo practices of capitalism, racism, and political inaction. This CD will be the best CD you have listened to in a while: the lyrics are as brilliant as they are emotionally delivered; the beats are some of the best Immortal Technique has ever worked with. The end result is a mix tape style CD that defines Immortal Technique as one the greatest artists in the music industry and the true revolutionary. I was originally given a burned copy of this CD but after listening to this once, i legitimately purchased this CD in order to support Hip Hop's 3rd World. Lick Shots to the Revolution!
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This is the guy that the music industry is afriad of...
Revloutionary Volume 1 was very good, love his little rant on food., but I think one of the best albums ever was revolutionary Vol 2. It seems that you guys missed a step and the best one at that. If you have not heard Revolutionary Volume 2 pick it up immediately. I have listened to it... Read More
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