I Self Devine

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I Self Devine
Birth name Chaka Mkali[1]
Born 1972 (age 42–43)[2]
Los Angeles, California[2]
Origin Minneapolis, Minnesota[3]
Genres Alternative hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, producer
Years active 1995–present
Labels Rhymesayers Entertainment
Associated acts Dynospectrum, Micranots, Semi.Official

Chaka Mkali (born 1972), better known by his stage name I Self Devine, is an American hip hop musician based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has been a member of groups such as Dynospectrum,[4] Micranots,[5] and Semi.Official.[6] In 2012, City Pages described him as "one of the most influential voices in Minnesota hip hop".[7]


I Self Devine released the solo debut album, Self Destruction, on Rhymesayers Entertainment in 2005.[8] He released the second solo album, The Sound of Low Class Amerika, on the label in 2012.[9] It was produced by Medium Zach of Big Quarters, DJ Todda, Benzilla, King Karnov, Vitamin D, Jake One, Proh Mic, and I Self Devine himself.[10] The album was preceded by four mixtapes, which were all released in early 2012.[11]



  • Self Destruction (2005)
  • The Sound of Low Class Amerika (2012)


  • LA State of Mind (2012)
  • The Upliftment Struggle (2012)
  • Reports from the Field: In the Trenches (2012)
  • The Shining Path (2012)


  • "Ice Cold" b/w "All I Know" (2005)
  • "The Origin of Urban Crisis" (2012)

Guest appearances[edit]

  • Atmosphere - "Flesh" from God Loves Ugly (2002)
  • The Opus - "First Contact" from First Contact 001 (2002)
  • P.O.S - "I Play the Matador (Redo)" from Ipecac Neat (2004)
  • Oddjobs - "Stone Cold" from Expose Negative (2005)
  • Omega One - "I Want It All" from The Lo-Fi Chronicles (2005)
  • Cleveland Steamers - "Day by Day" from Treasure Chest (2006)
  • Leroy Smokes - "John Henry" from Love Hustle Theater (2006)
  • Big Quarters - "How to Kill Your Rap Career" from Cost of Living (2007)
  • Heiruspecs - "Broken Record" from Heiruspecs (2008)
  • Muja Messiah - "Patriot Act" from Thee Adventures of a B-Boy D-Boy (2008)
  • Doomtree - "Twentyfourseven" from Doomtree (2008)
  • Crushcon7 - "Fieldwerk" (2009)
  • Toki Wright - "The Law" from A Different Mirror (2009)
  • St. Paul Slim - "McArthur Park" from Bald Headed Samsun (2010)


  1. ^ McCormick, Zach (April 17, 2012). "Q&A: I Self Devine". The Wake. 
  2. ^ a b Brown, Marisa. "I Self Devine - Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved May 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ Riemenschneider, Chris (May 6, 2012). "Friday night wrap: I Self Devine release party, impromptu Beasties tribute". Star Tribune. 
  4. ^ Gillespie, Blake (April 18, 2008). "Minneapolis is Rhymesayers". Impose Magazine. 
  5. ^ Miyakawa, Felicia M. (2005). Five Percenter Rap: God Hop's Music, Message, and Black Muslim Mission. Indiana University Press. p. 98. 
  6. ^ Beacham, Kevin (April 30, 2013). "H2 Local highlights - I Self Devine and DJ Abilities' collaboration Semi Official". The Current. 
  7. ^ Gage, Jeff (May 2, 2012). "I Self Devine: Rhymesayers legend returns - The Sound of Low Class Amerika gets personal". City Pages. 
  8. ^ Mason, Stewart. "Self Destruction - I Self Devine". Allmusic. Retrieved May 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ Ortiz, Edwin (May 17, 2012). "I Self Devine - The Sound Of Low Class Amerika". HipHopDX. 
  10. ^ Elabbady, Ali (May 1, 2012). "I Self Devine: The Sounds of Low Class Amerika". Reviler. 
  11. ^ Drake, David (May 7, 2012). "Stream I Self Devine’s The Shining Path Mixtape". The Fader. 

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