This is one of those rare episodes where we just had to let the guest get in his bag and go. BP held it down solo with Immortal Technique right before he hit soundcheck for his show in Atlanta. We only asked a few questions, but Technique dropped off thousands of answers on everything from why he owns his music rights to the real reason why the first settlers came to America.
1:00 – Branden takes it back to the first time he ever heard Immortal Technique…in a middle school classroom where a teacher was playing it in class. From there Tech talks about his journey of building up a fan base and how he encouraged people to download and share his music while other artists complained when downloads started impacting physical copy sales.
6:10 – Immortal Technique speaks on Byron Allen’s lawsuit against Comcast. Branden and Tech go back and forth about how Allen was once looked at as an “Uncle Tom” back in the day but is now looked at as a champion for media. He talks about learning music industry gems from his OGs and how that led to him owning everything he produces.
12:00 – Tech drops gems on what “class” really means in America and how large corporations operate like gangsters. He also shares his thoughts on how our ancestors speak to us through music.
17:45 – The Middle Passage – The long-awaited album is finally coming in the first quarter of 2020. Tech reveals that fans will get treated to performances of select songs from the album. He also shares how deep his relationship with Killer Mike runs and that he actually lived with him for a time. He also shares details about his song “Trap House” with Killer Mike and David Banner.
21:21 – Tech speaks on the real reasons why the first settlers came to America and how those intentions tie directly into the prison system and sex trafficking today.
26:40 – Immortal Technique’s reading list: Wondering what fuels this man’s thoughts and actions. Skip here to hear three books he suggests everybody read in days like this. You may be surprised by his “oldie but goodie” selection.
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