So The 3rd World has finally dropped, and turns out it’s not the long-announced album, but more of a mixtape of new material and a couple of semi-recent tracks thrown in, such as the excellent Golpe de Estado which has been making the rounds on one of the various bootlegs. Which is also the first track I can remember where Immortal Tech spits his verses entirely in Spanish.

All round, this is a very tight release. Still, the title track stands out like Kareem Abdul Jabbar in playschool and I don’t think I’ll get tired of listening to this anytime soon. The 3rd World may very well be Immortal Tech’s best track so far, both musically and lyrically. Greenlantern’s laced him with an incredibly infectious beat that combines stabby, yet tender pan flute and plucked string-ish sounding samples with a bass blast that dries your sweaty socks if you stand too close to the speakers. And on top of this headnodder, Tech develops his recurring and almost hypnotic pattern drawing vivid images of the messed-up situation of 3rd world countries, one of which he himself is from.

This is the pre-released version that was officially put online as promo. The mixtape version gets cut up and wheeled back a few times on the first lines of verse one. For those who haven’t had a peep yet, listen and read along.

Immortal Technique – The 3rd World (produced by DJ Green Lantern)


immortal technique, and dj green lantern

i’m from where the gold and diamonds are ripped from the earth,
right next to the slave castles where the water is cursed,
from where police brutality’s not half as nice,
it makes the hood in america look like paradise,
compared to the aids infested caribbean slum,
african streets where the passport’s an american gun,
from where they massacre people and try to keep it quiet,
and spend the next 25 years tryna deny it,
i’m from where they cut your hands off if you make a fist,
and niggaz grow coca cuz the job market doesn’t exist,
except slave labor modern day company store,
and peacekeepers don’t ever, ever, ever come here no more,
from where the bombs that they used to drop on vietnam,
still has children born deformed 8 months before they gone,
i’m from where they lost the true meaning of the koran,
cuz heroin is not compatible with islam,
and niggaz know that but grow that poppy seed anyway,
cuz that food drop parachute does not come everyday,
i’m from where people pray to the gods of their conquerors,
and practically every president’s a money launderer,
from where the only place democracy’s acceptable,
is if america’s candidate is electable,
and they might even have a black president but he’s useless,
cuz he does not control the economy, stupid!

lock and load your gun where i’m from the 3rd world son,
been to many places but i’m 3rd world born,
guerillas hit and run where i’m from the 3rd world son,
you polluted everything and now the 3rd world’s gone.
water is poison where i’m from the 3rd world son,
700 children died by the end of this song,
revolutioners come where i’m from the 3rd world son,
constant occupation leaves the 3rd world torn.

i’m from where the catholic church is some racist shit,
they helped europe and america rape this bitch,
they pray to white spanish jesus whose face is this,
but never talk about the black pope gelasius,
i’m from where soviet weapons still decide elections,
military’s like the mafia — you pay for protection,
catamite sex tours is what the country sells,
and rich white business men make the best clientele,
i’m from where they too pussy to come film survivor,
and they murder coca cola union organizers,
i’m from where the justice system está podrido,
fuck government niggaz politic over perico,
rebelde concido, enterado vivo, como otro argentino desaparecido,
cuz rico laws don’t apply to the cia,
and muthafuckaz make sneakers for a quarter a day,
i’m from where they overthrow democratic leaders,
not for the people, but for the wall street journal readers,
from where blacks, indigenous peoples and asians,
were once the slaves of caucasians,
and it’s amazin how they trained them,
to be racist against themselves in the place they was raised in,
you kept us caged in,
destroyed our culture and said that you civilized us,
raped our women and when we were born you despised us,
gentrified us agent provocateurs divide us,
and crucified every revolutionary messiah,
so i’ma start a global riot,
and not even your fake, anti-communist dictators can keep quiet,
fuck your charity medicine tryna murder me,
the immunizations you gave us were full of mercury,
so now i see the 3rd world like the rap game soldier,
nationalize the industry and take it over


Back with new posts next week.

Peace, 9@home