One of rap's great polemicists, Immortal Technique has spent his career criticizing abuse of power in its many forms, Bush Administration, the military-industrial complex, the prison-industrial complex, the drug trade, class struggle, the media, racism, etc., etc.

Of Afro-Peruvian descent, he was raised in Harlem and briefly attended Penn State before he racked up a series of assault charges and went to jail for a year. From his official bio: "He was facing a 5-10 stretch, but the hiring of a pitbull attorney helped him compile the cases without turning snitch like his co-defendants." 

Like Big L, Tech's less than spectacular beats somehow accentuated his righteous fury. Click through the gallery to revisit a handful of his best tracks.