Activist/Artist XIUHTEZCATL Fights For Indigenous Rights on “Take It All Back” – The Hype Magazine
Published on May 18th, 2021 | by Malcolm “A.S.T.A.T.E” Worsham
Rising rapper and activist Xiuhtezcatl debuts a bold new single “Take It All Back,” a fierce and unapologetic record that communicates the impacts of colonization from both a personal and community level.
The release is a call to action created by Indigenous artists, organizers and allies to elevate the Landback Campaign beyond Indigenous organizing spaces into the mainstream. Following a historic summer of organizing and protests filling the streets calling to defund the police and defend Black life, the generations-old movement to return land to Indigenous peoples is rising to call for the dismantling of white supremacy and work towards our collective liberation.
The “Take It All Back” campaign manifests through three main verticals, the single and music video release, the fashion collection, and the public art element, all woven together by cohesive art direction by Muskogee-Creek artist Hôtvlkecē Harjo and creative direction by his storytelling agency INDÍGENA that feeds back to NDN collectives’ Landback Campaign. Xiuhtezcatl partnered with the NDN Collective to elevate their work of advocating for Indigenous sovereignty and power—which is a message central to the artist’s identity.