Coronel (born February 19, 1978), better known by the stage name
Immortal Technique, is a Peruvian rapper, and an urban activist. He was
born in Lima, Peru and raised in Harlem, New York. Most of his lyrics
focus on controversial issues in global politics. The views expressed in
his lyrics are largely a mixture of socialist commentary on issues such
as class hierarchy, poverty, religion, government and institutional
Immortal Technique has voiced a desire to keep control
over his production, and has stated in his music that record companies,
not artists themselves, profit the most from mass production and
marketing of music. He claimed in an interview to have sold close to
200,000 units of his three official releases.
African-Peruvian and was born in 1978 in a military hospital in Lima.
His family emigrated in 1980 to Harlem to escape the ongoing internal
conflict in Peru. During his teenage years he was arrested multiple
times due in part to what he has said was “selfish and childish”
behavior. He attended Hunter College High School on the Upper East Side
of Manhattan. Shortly after enrolling in Pennsylvania State University,
he was arrested and charged with assault-related offenses due to his
involvement in an altercation between fellow students, the charges
stemming from this incident led to him being incarcerated for a year.