MY STORY

We The Future series by Shepard Fairey

As long as I can remember, I’ve been connected to the natural world – the mountains, forests and rivers of Colorado. My music is both a tool for resistance, and a medium to tell my story. 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.

— Xiuhtezcatl

My Story

Eighteen-year-old Indigenous rapper and activist, Xiuhtezcatl, 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. At the age of seven, Xiuhtezcatl began songwriting and performing as a means to reflect his world and activate his generation.

Xiuhtezcatl's 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. He has 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 is featured in the next iconic series by Shepard Fairey, We The Future, and he wrote the best-selling book, We Rise.

We Rise

WE RISE: The Earth Guardians Guide to Building a Movement that Restores the Planet by Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

WE RISE

THE EARTH GUARDIANS GUIDE
TO BUILDING A MOVEMENT
THAT RESTORES THE PLANET

Challenge the status quo, change the face of activism, and confront climate change head on with the ultimate blueprint for taking action! Beginning with the empowering story of the Earth Guardians and how Xiuhtezcatl has become the voice of a generation, We Rise explores all aspects of effective activism and provides step-by-step information on how to start or join a solution-oriented movement.

If you are interested in creating real and radical change, We Rise will give you the inspiration and information you need to make the world a better place and leave you asking: If I don’t step up, who will?

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Breakfree

BREAKFREE - Xiuhezcatl's debut record released in 2018.

“The record is going to change the way the world sees me, and it’s going to change the way that I’ve told my story to the world.”

— Xiuhtezcatl, Rolling Stone interview

I’m no longer defined as the world sees me; I’m defined by the music I make, by the words I speak. THIS IS WHO I AM.

After nearly ten years of being depicted by the media, this coming-of-age record is the self-told story behind the outspoken, teenage Indigenous-American. In every version of his story, one thing remains clear: Xiuhtezcatl is a force to be reckoned with.

Xiuhtezcatl has 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.

Press

An impressive spokesman for a viewpoint the world needs to hear!
— BILL MCKIBBEN, 350.ORG

When Xiuhtezcatl takes the stage, people immediately stand in awe at his powerful message, then they inevitably start grooving to his amazing lyrics. This is the kind of young man we need to make changes in our world and he does it in an engaging and genuine manner.
— Ryan Van Duzer, Travel Channel

When Xiuhtezcatl takes the stage, people immediately stand in awe at his powerful message, then they inevitably start grooving to his amazing lyrics. This is the kind of young man we need to make changes in our world and he does it in an engaging and genuine manner.
— Ryan Van Duzer, Travel Channel

Xiuhtezcatl is a vital voice for our time. Combining art and creativity with passion, commitment, and clarity, he represents as well as models what it is to be the change our world and planet need. He speaks powerfully from and connects deeply with both the mind and the heart. I am in awe of who Xiuhtezcatl is and all he has already done at such a young age. No matter our age or background, we can all learn from him.
— Julia Butterfly Hill, Environmental Activist

Xiuhtezcatl is a vital voice for our time. Combining art and creativity with passion, commitment, and clarity, he represents as well as models what it is to be the change our world and planet need. He speaks powerfully from and connects deeply with both the mind and the heart. I am in awe of who Xiuhtezcatl is and all he has already done at such a young age. No matter our age or background, we can all learn from him.
— Julia Butterfly Hill, Environmental Activist

Hearing Xiuhtezcatl share his experiences as an environmental activist is a testament to the fact that young people are not the so-called future – they are the agents of change of today. Xiuhtezcatl speaks with immense conviction and his insights are an inspiration to all ages.
— UNICEF "Voice of Youth" Team

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