Within the arm of hip hop music and culture that deals with social issues through recordings, activism and community outreach, there are an elite few who are regarded as standard bearers. Among them is Peruvian-born, Harlem raised Immortal Technique, who has dedicated his musical career to speaking on issues such as institutionalized racism, the prison system, gangs, justice and equality. Along the way, Cary Stuart has been documenting the world travels of this intelligently outspoken and passionate MC/activist, compiling the results into a full-length documentary, The (R)evolution of Immortal Technique, due out in the Spring of 2012.
The double-disc DVD is filled with seven years worth of Immortal Technique performances, interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, in addition to interviews with cultural notables such as Ice T, Dr. Cornel West and Public Enemy’s Chuck D, who is quoted as saying, “[Immortal Technique] symbolize[s] the voice of truth all around the world in the name of rap music and Hip Hop.”
Aside from the music, the documentary will spotlight Immortal Technique’s travels to Afghanistan and his partnership with Omeid International to launch the Amin Institute, an orphange, school, and medical facility.
Hip hop, at its core, has always been about providing a voice for those underrepresented in the world, and while socially conscious hip hop music is not a part of the mainstream as it once was, there are still those like Immortal Technique who effectively carry on this legacy.
The (R)evolution of Immortal Technique is set to be released in the Spring of 2012, followed by the release of his fifth album, The Middle Passage.
UPDATE: According to Viper Records, the film will be released July 10.