Fiercely political Harlem-born MC Immortal Technique stormed onto hip-hop’s stage in the early 2000s with some of the most outspoken and intelligently provocative rhymes since the heyday of Public Enemy. Attacking corporate greed and American imperialism, and touting numerous progressive causes in his lyrics, Technique can come off as much like an issue of the Nation magazine as he can a contemporary rapper. He nurtures the careers of like-minded rappers through his own Viper Records, and has collaborated with MCs such as KRS-One, Chuck D, and Mos Def. Technique’s song “Bin Laden” sparked tremendous controversy upon its release, as it unflinchingly discussed the Bush administration’s role in the 9/11 attacks.