The new wave of hip-hop has arisen a woke generation and, from it, Xiuhtezcatl (‘shoo-TEHZcaht’)-17-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 music is more than words. “My music is both a tool for resistance and a medium to tell my story,” he says.
This past year, Xiuhtezcatl has been working with a team of world-class producers and musicians on his debut album, Break Free (set to release this spring). After nearly ten years of being depicted by the media, this coming-of-age record is the self-told story behind the outspoken, 17-year-old Indigenous-American.
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.
An old soul with a young heart, Xiuhtezcatl is taking on the world and waiting for no one. It’s time we catch on.