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October 6, 2000

Native American Rappers Part of
Indigenous Peoples' Day at CSUS

Native American rap artists WithOut Rezervation will take the stage at California State University, Sacramento at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 9. They will give a free Indigenous Peoples' Day performance in the University Union Redwood Room.

The three-man group, whose tribal affiliations include Pit River, Paiute, Navajo, Washoe and Laguna Pueblo, was one of the pioneers in the Native American rap scene when they formed in 1992. Since then, they've performed with artists like Carlos Santana, Jackson Browne, Los Lobos, Bonnie Raitt and Don Henley.

The Oakland-based trio has released two albums on their record label, WithOut Rez Productions. The first album used music to give a Native American perspective on issues of concern to native people worldwide, such as race relations and the "discovery" of countries with aboriginal populations. Their latest album, "World WOR Two," focuses on personal struggles, for example being a good father and making better futures for children.

When not performing, each of the band's members each has a day job. Lyricist and head rapper M.C. The Messenger, also known as Chris LaMarr, has a degree in Indian law and runs the group's record label. Nez the Nemesis (Kevin Nez) works for Southwest Airlines. And Sice the Merciless (Mike Marin) is a teacher in the Bay Area's Indian School and designs t-shirts for his apparel company Red Gear.

More information is available by calling (916) 278-6101. Media assistance is available by calling (916) 278-6156.


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