Saturday, October 31, 2015

Rock Is Red #16 - 2 8 Tha Native

Throughout much of the mainstream media, hip hop music is often portrayed as a big money grab with a little violence thrown in and and is almost never shown as a genre that can uplift. For a little more than twenty years now FISH MARTINEZ (Confederated Tribes of Siletz) has set out to create hip hop music that can bridge the gap between elders and youth and stave off of the temptations of gang – life for the native tradition and culture. His musical journey began in 1993 when he was asked to help organize a Youth and Elders Gathering in Eugene Oregon only to discover that he was expected to perform as a rapper for the event. With only two jams to his credit MARTINEZ (a.k.a. 2 8 THA NATIVE) began a career in music typified by positivity and cultural pride. All of that can be head on his first official solo release GLADES TO THE CASCADEZ where 2 8 THA NATIVE gets a little help form fellow rapper STRYK-9 and some invaluable production from LOST IN FABRIC. Despite years of building up his chops as a performer we get a sense that this is just the beginning for 2 8 THA NATIVE and we will certainly keep our eyes and ears opened for new material from this one-of-a-kind talent. 


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