The Hip Hop Week In Review: Immortal Technique Talks Zimmerman Trial, Madchild Returns To USA

posted Saturday July 20 ,2013 at 08:45AM CDT | 21 comments

The Hip Hop Week In Review: Immortal Technique Talks Zimmerman Trial, Madchild Returns To USA

Immortal Technique explains the impact of the Zimmerman trail verdict, Madchild is allowed to return to the States after three years, and Mayday! gets a review.

This week, Immortal Technique said the Zimmerman trial should spur parents to action, and Madchild revealed he's allowed back into the United States. Meanwhile, ¡Mayday!'s Believers project was reviewed and U-God spoke on his upcoming album, Keynote Speaker.

Immortal Technique Calls Zimmerman Verdict A "Wake-Up Call" For Parents

As part of the ongoing discussions following the verdict of not guilty in the George Zimmerman trial, where Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter for fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, Immortal Technique spoke to HipHopDX about the matter.

Tech said that, in his opinion, the verdict was a wake-up call to parents more than anything. "I think it’s a parent wake-up call more than it’s a Black person wake-up call even though it is a Black person wake-up call," said the rapper. "I’m not going to say it isn't. I’m not going to call it a nigga wake-up call because I don’t think that we should even put the Martin family and that word in the same sentence. I say this much, that it is a wake-up call for Black people, but it’s also a wake-up call for parents. Parents, you’re going to have to have an honest discussion with your children about where they are and what they are walking through. You’re going to have to have an honest discussion about the value of people’s lives and how some people see it and where you are and to be mindful of your circumstances."

Ultimately, Tech concluded that citizens should take offense to more than just the singular verdict in the trial. "We're offended because someone did something of that nature and killed someone, then why aren't we offended when some of our own people kill each other? We should be just as offended at what’s going on in Chicago right now when they had to send in the Goddamn National Guard. We should be just as offended at what’s going on in Detroit with those killings. We should be just as offended as the majority of everything else that’s happening in terms of violence against our own people. We shouldn't look at that as the norm, either. If we feel guilty for looking at this as the norm, shouldn't we feel even more guilty for looking at that as the norm? Like, 'Oh…another nigga killed. Another nigga shot another nigga. Oh, that’s just the way it is.; Really, you’re mad at the fact that one person got away with killing a Black person, but you’re not mad at your mentality of, 'Well, a Black person killed another Black person, that’s just how it is.' We need to change that."

Madchild "Really Excited" To Return To The United States After Three Years

Since 2010, Canadian rapper Madchild hasn't been allowed to step on American soil. In an interview with HipHopDX, the Swollen Members artist will soon be allowed back into the States.

"I'm really excited to finally get back into the United States for the first time in years," said Madchild, who was denied access to the U.S. in 2010 by customs officials, due to the belief that the rapper was affiliated with the Hells Angels motorcycle club. "I have watched the Battleaxe movement grow stronger every day in America as Warriors continue to join in every state. Now I can finally share my live show with all the fans that have been patiently waiting for my return. I look forward to meeting each and every Warrior at the Warped Tour. After that, I'll be heading out on the road for a Canadian tour with my good friends Slaine and Adlib, so this is going to be a great summer!"

“The thing that is frustrating to me is that I am being judged for the people I associated with and for some trouble I had back when I was a minor over 16 years ago," said Madchild of the situation. "In the last year I’ve managed to defeat my drug addiction and really worked on changing my life to become a better person. I’ve even started speaking at high schools here in Canada to talk to kids about the perils of drug addiction and hopefully use my journey to inspire the youth to avoid the pitfalls that I fell into."

¡Mayday!'s Believers A "Genre-Bending Nod To Loyal ¡Mayday! Fans"

Strange Music collective ¡Mayday! blends various genres to create a unique musical experience for listeners.

In HipHopDX's review of the group's latest album, Believers, it was this facet that served the project well.

"¡Mayday!’s genre-bending bodes well on many occasions," states the review. "'Shots Fired,' 'HighRide' and the Irv Da Phenom-assisted 'My Life,' for instance, are fine examples of Pop sensibilities in the group’s polished, melodic, upbeat, catchy-as-hell hooks. While still keeping those qualities intact, 'Tear Shit Down' and 'Marathon Man,' for example, showcase a great Rock influence in the crew’s musical style. And through most of the record, these Pop and Rock tendencies don’t necessarily overshadow ¡Mayday!’s Hip Hop roots. But peep 'On That Jack' or 'Shortcuts And Dead Ends' for more of May’s Rap work, and you’re quickly reminded that this is a Strange Music release with strong Hip Hop ties."

U-God Says Keynote Speaker Will "Stand Up On Its Own"

Wu-Tang Clan's U-God has been on a tear since 2007's 8 Diagrams. Now, as the Staten Island emcee readies his first album since 2009's Dopium, titled The Keynote Speaker, Golden Arms sat down to speak on the project with HipHopDX.

U-God expressed sincere confidence in the project. "Oh, this is fire! I tried to step it up a notch every time I put out a new record, and this one is like a brand new baby, man. It has legs, and it’s going to stand up on its own," said U-God. "It’s really deep, and it’s really good, man—more or less, I’m just happy with it. If you want good, Hood Rap rhymes, it’s on there…banging beats and Wu-sounding shit is on there. I’ve got Method Man, Deck, GZA and my man Jackpot on there. I’ve got RZA production on there; he executive produced it. I’ve got mashed potatoes and gravy, Styles P on there. It’s all in there…good money."

"If you liked [Golden Arms Redemption], you are definitely going to like Keynote Speaker," he added.

Other Items Of Note:

-Wrekonize & Bernbiz Describe Balancing Solo Ambitions With MAYDAY!'s Album

-SpaceGhostPurrp Laments Trayvon Martin's Death; Calls Himself "Zimmerman Killa"

-Nas Honored With Hip Hop Fellowship At Harvard

-Eminem Turned Down Movie Role Due To Location

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  • STOP THE SICKNESS
    Why are a large number of white males secret pedophiles ?
  • Malcom X
    Damn... Anonymous, you just hung this white boy. cut-him-down.
  • Mark Anon
    This man, Zimmerman, killed someone and did not receive punishment. This man took another's life, received no punishment, and even said something along the lines of this whole ordeal being God's work; and that he would change anything. Now I'm hearing people say Zimmerman's Fate is in God's hands. Not only from Webbie but, well, everywhere. Even Travon's parents. So what now? If the people kill him, will someone be punished? Is it not justified being God's work as well? What if he lives a completely healthy, safe, and rather stable life till he dies of old age? Is this not God's work as well? God can only take life. Was it not written? (Whether you have read it/or even believe in it - it was written) "Thou Shalt Not Kill" And in our Nation we say, "In God We Trust" This man takes a soul from our planet, brings our creator into the equation, and walks free. And we let it be. We live on. All while people who so happen to have a plant on their person when stopped by the police, is unfortunately punished. (Whether it be severe, or minor. Punishment was given) All while other equally important factors that pose a fatal threat to us experiencing existence; is being ignored. Whether it be the food, water, or even air we breathe. Wait, my bad, I'm pretty sure we simply forget what's happening as we are being. We see some things on T.V. - Then focus on something else, it's not our fault. Is it.
  • JASONNN
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  • e008
    might go out for a while too
  • 666 devil demons
    666
  • crazy mother fucker
    kkk and others walking in streets rite now. ppl with rabbit mask looking in windows for those people.sometimes we save the heads.take a shit and whipe my ass with the papper save the toliet paper put it under the sink door.throw it at ya while putting chain saws on ya
  • Eunice D. Reynolds
    my best friend's mom makes $89 an hour on the laptop. She has been without a job for 6 months but last month her check was $12966 just working on the laptop for a few hours. Here's the site to read more... WWW.CAN99Com
  • Anonymous
    I blame everything on Lil Poopy.
  • Anonymous
    Blaming whitey ? Who is that Sean Hannity ? Wassup wigger !
  • Anonymous
    See, we live in poor communities in Detroit. The police know where the bad areas are in the city, but they chose not to patrol in those areas. Less police, ambulances dont come quick enough, High schools are closed down...Its a bigger plan, they want it to be this way. Kill each other off so we can have Detroit back, Michigans largest asset. They shut down Belle Isle not literally but its not the same as it used to be. Jefferson used to be jam packed with cars, not anymore. I bet if Detroit was majority white you would have more police, fire trucks, ambulances...services would be better less guns, less poverty...
    • Stupid Nigger
      Yup just keep blaming whitey, I bet he's the reason why you sound so stupid.
    • tosh
      Dont you know its the white persons fault black ppl are killing black ppl..Everything is the white persons fault. Reminds me of teenage girls saying life isnt fair wahh..Just easier to blame everyone else
    • X is Here !!!
      Peter Pan niggas....I don't think he blamed whitey...he was making a larger point but you ass munchers missed it...
    • ujokin
      so basically if theres no police blacks should kill each other because 'oh no theres no police around, i have to kill people' you fucking idiot, blacks kill blacks because theyre fucking stupid and dont value anyones life, they dont want to stop their animal instincts just 'oh that nigga looked at me i better waste him' gtfo learn how to live in a modern society stop blaming other people and races
    • Anonymous
      Who said blacks kill each other because of white people ??? WHO SAID BLACKS KILL EACH OTHER BECAUSE OF NO POLICE? DID YOU KNOW THAT IN DETROIT THEY STOP PATROLLING THA BAD NEIGHBORHOODS AND PLACED MORE POLICE IN THE MORE AFFLUENT NEIGHBORHOODS ? THE POINT IS THE NIGGAZ IN THE HOODS OF DETROIT DO CRIME BECAUSE THEY KNOW THE POLICE AIN'T COMING !!! I LIVE IN DETROIT MUTHAFUCKA come here AND SEE FOR YOURSELF YOU DICK WEEDS !! I missed the memo. You fucking faggots, all you niggas crumbs. Live in modern society ? Bitch ass niggaz I'VE got 2 DEGREES AND IM from the STREETS, I DID/DO MY PART AND I SPEAK TO THE YOUTH ALL THE TIME, IVE WALKED WITH THE DETROIT 300 you cock suckers I am living in MODERN SOCIETY....Do you faggots know about know about the Black FARMERS LAWSUIT ??? COINTELPRO ?? I GUESS THAT WAS ALL BLACK PEOPLE HUH ?? SYSTEMATIC DISCRIMINATION ? YEAH U NIGGAS ARE THE NEW SLAVES...U BELIEVE ALL THAT BULLSHIT DON'T YOU ?
    • Stupid Nigger
      ^^ We cant understand you with all that ebonics you're speaking
    • Anonymous
      Ebonics? lol at your out of touch bigotry. Brother, HHDX is filled with whiteboys. Do you realize that most of them don't get their first real social life experience until after High School? Being from small towns with small schools, communities in cul-de-sacs and circles with a police force of 5, they're not out there like that. All they're gonna do is parrot the same news stories we read and sprinkle some bigot on it, but never will there be an actual experience, they have none living in small town USA. Some of them still need permission to leave the house, lol.
    • Stupid Nigger
      that's why you all end up dead or in jail before 21 Right? dont be mad at us cause you cant figure out who your daddy is.
    • Anonymous
      lol, you need to stop reading those 1962 klan pamphlets and listening to your misinformed punk ass friends, you're looking really stupid right now coming to a predominate black music website regularly to look and read about a bunch of black men who are 21 and over and not in jail or dead to submit that comment. "All they're gonna do is parrot the same news stories we read and sprinkle some bigot on it" ^ did I not say this?
    • Keyboard Warriors Unite
      I would like to thank my fellow brave keyboard warrior's from the states of Montana, Iowa ,South Dakota,Utah Without you're irrelevant racist views the black and brown visitors of Hip Hop Dx would not understand how angry we are with the state of the world and Hip Hop Brave keyboard warriors, they claim we are not Brave because we hide behind anonymous usernames and wouldn't say boo to a goose or a black person in real life . Those who try and stop us will never win as it is are civic white duty to spew outdated racist comments anonymously on hip hop websites . Stay strong my brave white brothers and sisters keep up the fight we will overcome the unfair injustices we are going through