Xiuhtezcatl | music
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. He says, “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.”
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 Stone, Billboard, Vice 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 Fairey, We The Future.
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.
In the single Blu Ink (featuring Isa) — dropping January 18th — he writes, “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.”
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 5, Stic of Dead Prez, Raury, Ozomatli, Chance the Rapper, Leonardo Dicaprio, Willow 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 | Quick Facts
- At 17, Xiuhtezcatl has performed at Red Rocks Amphitheatre twice
- He has worked and collaborated with world class musicians and producers: stic.man of dead prez, Chali 2na and Jurassic 5, Nahko, Trevor Hall, Raury, Ozomatli, Flobots, Tru, Rising Appalachia, Chance the Rapper and more
- 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 Stone, PBS, Vice, CNN, BuzzWorthy, NBC, Huffington Post, HBO, NatGeo, and many more including International media outlets
- He’s appeared on The Daily Show, The Nightly Show, Bill Maher, and more
- His first book We Rise hit shelves in September, and his second book is due for a late Fall 2017 release
- Xiuhtezcatl has a TV show in the works
- His first hip-hop album Generation RYSE was released at the age of 14 with the Earth Guardians
NEW ALBUM RELEASE 2017 | BREAK FREE
The people have spoken. Xiuhtezcatl's new album Break Free was more than 100% fully funded on Kickstarter by his goal! Thanks to all who donated and helped spread the word on social media to set the music free!