Bart Mendoza 5 a.m., Dec. 8
Genre: Hip-Hop & Rap
RIYL: Scatter Brain the Acid Atheist, Masters of the Universe, Genghis Khan, Kilowattz, Left Handed Scientists, Gonjasufi, Immortal Technique
Overall community rating: 5.0 stars
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Influences: Canibus, Public Enemy, Infinity Gauntlet, Skrapez Crew, Immortal Technique, Splurgeo, Gonjasufi
Born in Tijuana and raised in Paradise Hills, half-Filipino, half-Mexican Frankie Quiñones, aka Odessa Kane, first earned local notice with Gonjasufi and Orko Eloheim in Masters of the Universe, which has been around since the early 1990s and has included his younger brother, half-Filipino half-Mexican rapper and producer Michael Quiñones, sometimes aka Scatter Brain the Acid Atheist.
Originally taking the name Odessa Kane as a reference to “odyssey and cocaine,” he was nominated Best Hip-Hop Artist at the 2011 San Diego Music Awards. Known for his political awareness and activism, he helps publicize injustice in the Philippines as a member of Kabatang MakaBayan, an organization more widely known as KmB. In January 2012, Kane married local KmB recruiter and community activist Ree Obaña.
His political bent formed the backbone of his early 2013 collaboration with producer Infinity Gauntlet (Kane's brother), Cuetes & Balisongs (the title in Tagalog and Spanish stands for “firearms and butterfly knives”). It won Best Hip-Hop Album at the October 2013 San Diego Music Awards.
- Cuetes & Balisongs