Immortal Technique, Revolutionary Vol. 2

Hua Hsu

By Hua Hsu

on 05.22.11 in Reviews

Sometimes staying underground is a necessity, lest the Secret Service show up at your door. Radicalized by college, then prison, then more college, Immortal Technique remains one of the more outspoken torchbearers of the late-’80s tradition of fiery, political hip-hop. His first album came out days after 9/11; his second was an attempt to reckon with this event and the changes it wrought. Revolutionary Vol. 2, with a guest spot from Mumia Abu-Jamal, lyrics that catalogued the abuses of power and faith and a CD booklet fantasizing about a violent spree through the White House, remains one of the more chilling, impassioned articles of post-9/11 rage.