Rain Flowa is an MC/vocalist/graf artist/ceremonial drummer who has been trained in various musical genre's including classical opera and experimental jazz. She has been instrumental in Houston's underground music foundation for over the past decade. She represents Texas native roots in conscious hip hop across the Southwest United States as a dynamic vocalist bringing her unique Native Soul sound.
She is a performer, community organizer, promoter and sole creator of the musical/art showcase The Underground Merger (2007-2010).
She is considered one of the first ladies of graffiti from Texas (respectfully dubbed "3rd generation of writers in the U.S. by Cope2 of New York in 2003) and has been a vocalist/MC (rapper) and in the underground hip hop scenes of both Texas and California since 1996. She is currently seeking out all female graffiti writers across Texas for a 2013 Fall project, “Texas Ladies of the Underground Lines and Walls”. Please contact her if you are or know any female graffiti writers in Texas.
Currently working on the release of her first full length solo debut, "Lost in the North Side" will be available Spring 2013
She has opened for and shared the stage with Medusa, KRS-One, Dres of Black Sheep, De La Sol, Lupe Fiasco, Mellow Man Ace, Sen Dog of Cypress Hill, Eternia, C Rayz Wallz, H. R. of Bad Brains, The Coup, Raekwon, Killah Priest, Rhymesayers' Los Nativos and Psalm One, Cempoalli Twenny, Las Krudas, 2MX2, DJ Ethos, JROZ, 2MEX, SupaNatural, Afu-Ra, Maya Jupiter,Gabriel Teodros, Eme7, Boca Floja, Cambio, Akil Ammar, Kemo the Blaxican, Black Fire, Free Radicals, Zin, Mexican Stepgrandfather, the Astex, Assasin Dynasty, Lotus Tribe, and in her former groups, Almas Intocables and Fortified Tribez in front of iconic movement activists such as SubComandante Marcos of the EZLN and Dolores Huerta of UFW.
o TV/ FILM:
• Currently on NetFlix Bob Bryan's Graffiti Verite Series 11 GV11 Voices From Da Hip-Hop Undaground (Part 1)
• Upcoming film "Dream Time…The Movie" by Masala Film Works, director Maganthrie Pillay and producer Dingi Ntuli.
• Featured on BETs "The Next" in mid-June 2004
• Mun2's "The Roof" in August 2004 as a featured MC in their east coast/west coast battle
• She was featured on the first documentary on Chicano poets throughout Texas alongside other authors such as Raul Salinas and Sandra Cisneros called "VOICES OF TEXAS" that was aired on PBS, from her feature when she opened for Jimmy Santiago Baca at Houston's Nuestra Palabras' showcase in August of 2001.
BIO: Always singing since she could remember speaking, she began playing piano at age 3, went on to study classical opera from 1994-2001. In 1998, she studied mariachi trumpet, improvisational jazz and began Indigenous drumming in the Olmeca, Azteca and Mayan tradition at M.E.C.A (Multi-cultural Education and Counseling through the Arts) in Houston and under the direction of master percussionist's Isaac Borsegui and Grupo Huehuetl from Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico, whom she all considers her original Indigenous drumming teachers in the red road ways of art and music.
She has been featured in numerous spoken word events since 1994 including:
• Houston International Poetry Festival from 2001-2004
two of Houston's premiere all female film/poetry festivals,
• La Luna Loca in 1999 and Blowin Up A Spot in 2000, 2007
• Performed as a headliner in the 10th Anniversary , Mujeres de Maiz in Los Angeles, 2007.
• RADIO: She was a host on Houston's Pacifica Radio's (KPFT) First Nation's Radio in 2003 alongside Tristan Ahtone and Jason Socier. She has been featured on numerous online, college radio and Pacifica radio stations across the nation and in Canada.
• QUOTED: from her speech at La Otra Campana's in Tijuana, Mexico, speaking on behalf of Native women and the connection to the EZLN's work, along with a photo taken there and was exhibited at the 1st Festival Mundial de la Digna Rabia (Mexico City, Mexico) of 2006.
LIVE PAINTING FEATURES:
• She has painted at Clogged Caps, 2003- Texas's first large scaled annual grafitti art expo
• The Life Is Living Festival (hosted by Talib Kweli) in Houston, 2010 and at numerous underground hip hop events in Texas and Mexico.
• Mentioned in the Source Magazine in June 1996 in a review of Houston's underground hip-hop scene under the graffiti element.
• Two Articles in the San Antonio Current by Manuel Soliz in 2003 and 2007:
one in January 2003 as the headlining performer of San Antonio's first all female hip-hop show.
• 2005, Nicolas Gantz "Graffiti Women", the only woman from Texas to have photos in the first book on internationally recognized female graffiti artists
• 2009, Pancho McFarland's "Chicano Rap: Gender and Violence in the Postindustrial Barrio" with her former trio, Almas Intocables, in this first collegiate book of Chicanos in hip hop.
• La Voz, Houston, 2008, photo of her and others dancing at Houston's 1st Annual East End Arts Show.
• La Prensa Newspaper of San Antonio, Jun 23, 2010 review of Chicanos Unidos Show (curated by tha Midax) by R. Macias.
• She was featured on the cover of Houston Chronicle's La Vibra, July 2009,by: D. Dorantes and was the 1st independent local music artist from Houston to land the cover without being on a major label.
• Almas Intocables, EP, 2008
• feat. on "Triumph" on El Vuh's Elvulution, 2006
• feat. on "4 Destinos" on Fourth Cycle Clothing Compilation, 2005
• feat. on "Time Traveler" Jehuniko Solo Album La Pur Vida, 2005
• upcoming EP releases with: Eme7, Supa Ego, DrasticOne and Manny Loc (Mexica Funk)
Performed in front of:
La Otra Campana's platica in Tijuana, Mexico 2006
Pam Africa, Mario Africa-1999
George Clinton & Andre (Outkast)- private SuperBowl Party in Houston, 2004
with original band members of Los Skarnales (Houston)