2Mex

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
2Mex
Birth name Alejandro Ocana
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Alternative hip hop
Underground hip hop
Occupations Rapper
Years active 1993–present
Labels Memo Records
Afterlife Records
Mean Street
Temporary Whatever
Paladin Creative Super Co.
Strange Famous Records
Associated acts Visionaries
Of Mexican Descent
The Mind Clouders
SonGodSuns
$martyr
Look Daggers
The Returners

Alejandro Ocana, better known by his stage name 2Mex, is a rapper from Los Angeles, California.[1] He is a member of The Visionaries and Of Mexican Descent. He has collaborated with underground hip hop artists such as Jel, Omid, Thavius Beck, Factor, Radioinactive and Isaiah "Ikey" Owens. He is a member of the Project Blowed crew, and he is affiliated with Shape Shifters.

History[edit]

2mex attended the Good Life Cafe open mic nights in 1993. Around that time, he founded Of Mexican Descent with Xololanxinxo.[citation needed]

In 1998, he released his first album with The Visionaries as well as the first Of Mexican Descent album, and he was featured on the OD (Omid) compilation album Beneath the Surface. In 1999, he was featured (with Xololanxinxo as Of Mexican Descent) on the Fat Jack compilation album Cater to the DJ, and he released his first solo album Fake It Till You Make It as The Mind Clouders with producer Mums the Word. In 2000, he was featured (as a member of the Afterlife Crew) on the Afterlife Records compilation Declaration of an Independent.[citation needed] He then released B-Boys in Occupied Mexico on Mean Street in 2001.[2] Sweat Lodge Infinite was released on Temporary Whatever in 2003.[3][4][5] The self-titled album, 2Mex, was released in 2004.[6][7] He released My Fanbase Will Destroy You on Strange Famous Records in 2010. It features guest appearances from Murs, Prince Po, Busdriver and Nobody.[8]

Film[edit]

2Mex is featured in the award-winning documentary This Is the Life, chronicling the music movement that was birthed at The Good Life Cafe in South Central, Los Angeles. The Good Life Cafe is the open-mic workshop where he first performed with Of Mexican Descent in 1993.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Solo

  • Words Knot Music (Memo Records/Afterlife Records, 2000)
  • B-Boys in Occupied Mexico (Mean Street, 2001)
  • Sweat Lodge Infinite (Temporary Whatever, 2003)
  • 2Mex (Paladin Creative Super Co., 2004)
  • My Fanbase Will Destroy You (Strange Famous Records, 2010)

2Mex & Maiselph

  • Like Farther... Like Sun... (2013)

The Visionaries

Of Mexican Descent

  • Exitos Y Mas Exitos (1998, reissue 2002)
  • Live Concert Series (2002) with Busdriver and Brother J
  • Money Is Meaningless (2006) with Deeskee

The Mind Clouders

  • Fake It Until You Make It (1999)

SonGodSuns

  • Over the Counter Culture (2005)

$martyr

  • Money Symbol Martyrs (2006)

Look Daggers

  • Suffer in Style (2008)

The Returners

  • Break Up Your Make Up (2009)

Guest appearances

References[edit]

  1. ^ Calahan, Joel (March 9, 2004). "2Mex - Sweat Lodge Infinite". Dusted Magazine. 
  2. ^ Quinlan, Thomas (December 2001). "2Mex - B Boys in Occupied Mexico". Exclaim!. 
  3. ^ Krolak, Mike (October 21, 2003). "Album Review: 2Mex - Sweat Lodge Infinite". Prefix. 
  4. ^ Segal, Dave (January 27, 2004). "Sweat Lodge Infinite". XLR8R. 
  5. ^ Quinlan, Thomas (February 2004). "2Mex - Sweat Lodge Infinite". Exclaim!. 
  6. ^ Swan, Rachel (March 23, 2004). "2Mex". XLR8R. 
  7. ^ Quinlan, Thomas (April 2004). "2Mex - 2Mex". Exclaim!. 
  8. ^ Glave, Trav (September 28, 2010). "2Mex – Dead Hand Control and Track Listing (MP3)". URB. 

External links[edit]