Few rappers are as relentlessly vicious as Immortal Technique. This Peruvian-born, New York-bred MC has been dropping the same message of social justice and political activism since he debuted in 2001. Like Chuck D before him, Technique somehow manages to express complex political reasoning in song mode without ever getting in the way of his message. His calls for hip-hop to rise above mediocrity is sometimes met with resentment, but Tech is not one to adjust his message in order to suit popular consensus. If anything, his latest CD The 3rd World turns up the admonition a million notches.