Revolutionary Vol. 2
2003 | Rap
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“I'm not guilty. you're the one that's guilty. -- The lawmakers, the politicians, the Columbian drug lords, all you who lobby against making drugs legal. -- Just like you did with alcohol during the prohibition. -- You're the one who's guilty.”
- Immortal Technique (Felipe Andres Coronel,) is a Peruvian American hip hop artist and activist.
- Peruvian Cocain also features Pumpkinhead, Diabolic, Tonedeff, Poison Pen, Loucipher, and C-Rayz Walz.
- Immortal Technique visits prisons to speak to youth and working with immigrant rights activists, and raising money for children’s hospitals overseas. He created a writing grant program for high school students as well.
THE HOT TAKES
I love how this song looks at the war on drugs from many angles. That being said, verse 7 is where it's at. So many people, even "big shots" in the drug industry, are wiretapped, recorded. Known entities. They can be raided and taken down for publicity at any time. But is the system in jeopardy? Are these drugs going to stop pouring into the inner cities? Of course not. Like the petty squabbles of politicians, all we see are the "fall guys" getting taken down. But it's all to perpetuate the war on drugs. Brought to you by the CIA. "Players do favors for governors and tax makers; Fat Quakers smoke crack and sex acts with bad mayors; The walls got ears. You bigmouths probably scared; Not prepared to do years like Javier."
This rap lays bare the belly of the drug war beast that has its tentacles in so many places. I really love the last verse,
“I'm not guilty. YOU'RE the one that's guilty. The lawmakers, the politicians, the Columbian drug lords, all you who lobby against making drugs legal. Just like you did with alcohol during the prohibition. You're the one who's guilty. I mean, c'mon, let's kick the ballistics here: Ain't no Uzi's made in Harlem. Not one of us in here owns a poppy field. This thing is bigger than (Immortal Technique). This is big business. This is the American way.”
The old theory of Bootleggers and Baptists is touched on in, “you’re the one that’s guilty. The lawmakers, the politicians, the Columbian drug lords, all you who lobby against making drugs legal.” The idea that where prohibitions are, you usually find those who moralize against whatever thing being prohibited, and those who profit from the illicit markets created by prohibitions. Strange bedfellows indeed. Clearly, The War On Drugs has not only been one of the most devastating things to ever happen to civil liberties in the United States, it has also been devastating for much of the world. Along with “terrorism,” it has been the mechanism by wich the Military Industrial Complex has kept perpetual war, destabilization, and empire building going. If you really care about freedom, you’ve gotta be on the side of ending the drug war and drug prohibitions.
So right out the gate, i'll lay out that I know Immortal's politics are definitely not my own. In general i'd attribute that to being from South America where they've never enjoyed anything like capitalism short of our exploitation of them and cartelization of their drug industry for American consumption. Which is where this comes in for us. Never has a more thorough examination of the affects of the drug war war been encapsulated in song. It paints such a vivid picture of the lives created by this horrendous "policy." I'm not one to buy into class struggle in the way he presents it but I will say I see fewer giant exploitative companies where they can't be protected by government.