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MP3 Saint Mike - First Blood

Urban native rap style over raw, original beats, this music introduces poetic street creativity from the concrete underground of East Oakland, CA. The red and the real has arrived and his name is Saint Mike.

9 MP3 Songs in this album (31:44) !
Related styles: Hip-Hop/Rap: Underground Rap, Urban/R&B: Urban, Solo Male Artist

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Saint Mike was born and raised in East Oakland, CA to a Navajo/Laguna Pueblo mother and a Washo/Mexican father, who both met on relocation in the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area during the 1960’s.

The youngest of four siblings, Saint Mike attended Catholic school for 12 years. Being the only Native American in both grade and high school, Saint Mike experienced several levels of disrespect from students and teachers alike. After several verbal and physical battles, Saint Mike gained the reputation as a roughneck and troublemaker throughout most of his adolescent life. Often enough, Saint Mike would follow his father’s advice to follow the rules of engagement: do not fire unless fired upon.

After high school, Saint Mike worked various jobs, some legit and some illegal. Like many young men at the time, Saint Mike delved in alcohol and drug use until the death of his oldest brother in 1991 changed his life. Following that tragedy, Saint Mike found peace and solace while working as an assistant teacher for Oakland’s Head Start early childhood programs.

Then, in the summer of 1992, Saint Mike found his voice in the rap music scene of Oakland, CA. With his brother and two childhood friends, they formed Without Rezervation, the first Native American rap group at that time. But, as fate would have it, Saint Mike would leave the group under creative differences, under no hard feelings. He would later return to appear on their 1997 album World WOR II.

In 2002, Saint Mike relocated to Chicago, IL, where he continues to write and produce his own music as well serving as a youth mentor and graphic artist in the Chicago Native American community. Aside from producing music, Saint Mike also has a B.A. in Film & Video from Chicago''s Columbia College.

"Rap is our generation’s form of storytelling. And as far as it being ‘black’ music, it’s everybody’s music and everybody’s voice. Respect that and it will honor you.” - Saint Mike

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