Shadowyze; Native-American Hip-Hop’s Activist, Advocate

            Shadowyze is not the typical Grammy-nominated hip-hop celebrity.  Though his dress may be in the current urban fashion his attitudes certainly are not.  Upon first meeting him, many hip-hop officiandos take immediate note of his lack of gold.  In fact he has been accosted for ‘not sporting more bling in his game or his grill.’  “Some people just want to challenge your hip-hop credentials” Shadowyze explains; “for not being absurdly materialistic or boastful.  But I want my listeners to be inspired to do more than just be showy and greedy.  I mean, financial success is a good thing, but with the more bling you can afford, I think the more you should be focused on making your community better.  Besides, gold really bothers me.  I relate so much negative history to it regarding conquistadors pillaging Indian communities for gold throughout the Americas.  That’s what greed does to people and I don’t want to encourage that.” 

            From a background of Muskogee Creek and Scots-Irish heritage, as a writer and producer Shadowyze represents in many ways an atypical strain within an extremely active and empowering … (Read More)

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