Based In: Los Angeles, California

A West Coast rapper with Mexican and Native American heritage, the poignant RedCloud had already been in and out of violent gang life by the time he was in the ninth grade. Getting out wasn’t easy, but once out he changed his life and began studying the Bible along with hip-hop. Combining the two, he started rapping his positive and hopeful message to the Los Angeles hip-hop underground. His 2001 debut Is This Thing On? was followed by a six-week run as champion of Los Angeles radio station Power 106’s freestyle battle, something that caught the ear of West Coast legend Kurupt, who called in an on-air congratulations. In 2003 Traveling Circus arrived, and was followed by a long tour that included stops at many Indian reservations across the country. In 2007 he released the positive but raw Hawthorne’s Most Wanted, featuring guest appearances from Pigeon John, Kurupt, and dancehall reggae legend Eek-A-Mouse.

Artist: redcloud

MC RedCloud Freestyled for 18 Hours, Smashed a World Record, And Donated the Money to MMIW

The one and only MC RedCloud blasted through 18 hours straight of freestyle rapping—all to benefit and raise awareness about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. …read more »

LightningCloud to Host ‘Indigenous Angels 2’ Benefit Concert for MMIW

Crystle Lightning and Red Cloud, known together as Lightning Cloud, will host Indigenous Angels 2—a benefit concert supporting, and in solidarity with, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. …read more »

New Indigenous Music Releases – Summer 2012

It’s been a hot, hot summer for new Indigenous music! Here is RPM’s summer round-up of the latest new releases you’ll want to check out.
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Nutly.net: Brad Crowfoot’s 5th Element Podcast and Hip-Hop Photography

Brad Crowfoot AKA Nutly uses his podcast series The 5th Element and his photography to showcase hip-hop talent on his website Nutly.net.
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RPM YouTube Playlist – Native Hip-Hop

As always, accompanying our RPM Podcast #007 is a YouTube playlist from our channel. This week we bring to you some Indigenous hip-hop music videos. Boom.
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