About Xiuhtezcatl

My music is both a tool for resistance and a medium to tell my story.
— Xiuhtezcatl

Xiuhtezcatl | Bio

The new wave of hip-hop has arisen a woke generation. From it, Xiuhtezcatl — seventeen-year-old Indigenous rapper and activist — has emerged, stirring the comatose with his music. 

From performing at the Standing Rock encampment with Immortal Technique and Nahko, to leading the Youth v. Gov. lawsuit against the Federal Government, Xiuhtezcatl’s actions show his music is more than words.

Xiuhtezcatl grew up immersed in the indigenous Aztec traditions of his father and advocating for social and environmental justice with his mother.

My dad taught me that all life is sacred. When I was a little boy, we would always talk about our responsibility to protect our land, our culture, our earth as indigenous people. These teachings are the foundation of the music I write and the things I fight for.
— Xiuhtezcatl

At the age of seven, Xiuhtezcatl began songwriting and performing as a means to reflect his world and activate his generation.

His rousing story and performances captivated a global audience, garnered millions of views on YouTube, and have been featured in major publications including Rolling StoneBillboardVice and The New York Times.

Recently Xiuhtezcatl performed before the U.N. General Assembly, collaborated on stage and in the studio with Jaden Smith and Bassnectar, and appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

Additionally, he wrote the best-selling book, We Rise, and is featured in the next iconic series by Shepard FaireyWe The Future.

The record is going to change the way the world sees me, and it’s going to change the way that I’ve told my story to the world.
— Xiuhtezcatl, Rolling Stone interview

Xiuhtezcatl's New Album: Break Free

This past year, Xiuhtezcatl has been working with a team of world-class producers and musicians on his debut album Break Free.

After nearly ten years of being depicted by the media, this coming-of-age record is the self-told story behind the outspoken, seventeen-year-old Indigenous-American. In every version of his story, one thing remains clear: Xiuhtezcatl is a force to be reckoned with.

I’m losing myself to my cause. I am no hero. I have many flaws. Sacrifices I’ve given for this life I’ve been living — fighting for the children, I’m fighting the odds.”
— Xiuhtezcatl, Blu Ink

At seventeen, Xiuhtezcatl’s voice has been pivotal to organizing an international youth movement that has banned fracking in the state of Colorado, sued the federal government, and gained support from prominent figures and artists, among them: Chali 2na and Jurassic 5Stic of Dead PrezRauryOzomatliChance the RapperLeonardo DicaprioWillow Smith and James Cameron

An old soul with a young heart, Xiuhtezcatl is taking on the world and waiting for no one. It’s time we catch on. 


Xiuhtezcatl | Overview

  • Xiuhtezcatl has brought hip hop to TedX, Bioneers and the United Nations
  • He’s a lead plaintiff in the YouthvGov lawsuit against the US government for failing to protect our generations from the effects of climate change
  • Xiuhtezcatl’s story has been covered by countless major media outlets including Rolling StonePBSViceCNN, BuzzWorthy, NBC, Huffington Post, HBO, NatGeo, and many more including International media outlets
  • His first book We Rise hit shelves in September, and his second book is due for release soon
  • Xiuhtezcatl has a TV show in the works
  • At 17, Xiuhtezcatl has performed at Red Rocks Amphitheatre twice
  • His first hip-hop album Generation RYSE was released at the age of 14 with the Earth Guardians