Xiuhtezcatl

Cornerstone & California Roots Present

Xiuhtezcatl

UnLearn The World, Mato Wayuhi

Sun · July 14, 2019

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$12 in advance / $14 at the door

This event is all ages

Xiuhtezcatl
Xiuhtezcatl
The new wave of hip-hop has arisen a woke generation. From it, Xiuhtezcatl -- eighteen-year-old Indigenous rapper and activist -- 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.

Recently Xiuhtezcatl 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 wrote the best-selling book, We Rise, and is featured in the next iconic series by Shepard Fairey, We The Future.
UnLearn The World
UnLearn The World
UnLearn is UnLearning The World...

He's never won any awards, yet his words win over hearts. He's never been part of the "Freshmen Class" or on the cover of any magazine, but his message is in a class of its own, proving to be just as potent and relevant as any rapper on your top five list. Considering this, it's safe to say that UnLean is probably the dopest MC you've never heard, but need to listen to. Labeled as one of "Most slept on MC's" by a number of Hip Hop Blogs and industry taste-makers, UnLearn chose to embrace his underdog status in the game, titling his debut album "The Wake Up Call". As an MC, Writer, Poet, Actor, Activist and overall Renaissance Man, UnLearn takes the best from all dimensions of song writing on this project, in order to showcase his substantive, yet accessible brand of lyricism while he chronicles the emotions, triumphs and tragedies that make up the Urban American experience.

"I've been in this game for years, it mad me an animal..."-Notorious B.I.G.

In his formative High School years, in addition to the various talent shows, open mics and frequent appearances on Manhattan Public Access Hip Hop shows (Mad Cyphas), UnLearn sat in studio sessions for artists like Fat Joe and the Late Big Pun all the while recording songs with underground mainstays such as Jean Grae and Pumpkin Head. He began receiving serious notoriety when he was given the chance to join the 2003 Lyricist Lounge Club Series Tour, opening up for the group Boot Camp Click. Positive audience responses to his live show allowed him to extend his stint on the tour, continuing on the road for another two months, performing spot dates with acts like Young Bloodz, Dead Prez, Killa Mike, Killa Priest and Hip Hop Icon, Big Daddy Kane.

After moving to the Bay Area, California after being evicted from his New York apartment, UnLearn's new found sense of self and maturity would manifest itself in his 2005 release of “Confessions of A Dangerous Mind”, his first mix tape project released via the internet for free download, standing at the forefront of the digital music wave. With a majority of the production being provided by then up and coming producer Jake One, the project was well received by a number of Hip Hop Web magazines and blogs, solidifying UnLearn’s presence on the internet. In addition to being a featured artist on a slew of Hip Hop web sites, he would later contribute to HipHopGame.com as an Essayist and Op-Ed writer. Since then, UnLearn has worked with a myriad of artists and producers from the Hip Hop world including names like Skyzoo, Sir Michael Rocks (The Cool Kids) Domingo and others, gradually creating a space, all his own, within the independent marketplace.

Most recently, UnLearn has been gradually becoming an energizing force within the Bay Area Hip Hop scene. With co-signs from members of Hieroglyphics and other OG's of the Bay, UnLearn has been a Mainstay and now Co-Director at Return Of The Cypher, one of the more popular weekly Hip Hop Cypher events in San Francisco. Further, UnLearn has recently been made Vice President of the All Tribes San Francisco Chapter of the Universal Zulu Nation, as well as one of the lead beat making instructors for the Oakland based non-profit Today's Future Sound, which empowers youth in the Bay and worldwide by teaching them beat making, DJ'ing, songwriting and the history of Hip Hop, giving them a sense of the cultural significance of the music. UnLearn has recently released "The New Golden Era" mixtape, his first mixtape in 3 years, as a follow up to his Debut album and is currently working on a Self-Produced EP.

Though Hip Hop is wrought with many voices, UnLearn is choosing to be the voice of Reason, striving to add something new to the collective consciousness and internal dialogue of Hip Hop culture and urban communities at large. Unlike most up and coming artists, UnLearn's aim is not to be Hip Hop's next "King" or "Boss", but to carve out a unique niche for himself as Hip Hop's next great Thinker; a brand that aims to harness the spirit and dreams of leaders like Malcolm X and Martin Luther King and mix them with the passion, street savvy and mix them with the passion, street savvy and artistic genius of Tupac, Nas and KRS-One. UnLearn seeks to create social change by inviting his listeners to witness his own struggles and transformation with the hopes that both his life and work are symbols of inspiration and empowerment to the people.
Mato Wayuhi
Mato Wayuhi
Venue Information:
Cornerstone
2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant)
Berkeley, CA, 94704
http://www.cornerstoneberkeley.com/