Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Thank You 2013


2013 was a trip. I got to perform/speak in Philadelphia, Utah, Michigan, Hawaii, NYC, Chicago, South Dakota and Nebraska. I released a music video that got recognized by mtvU, some of my lyrics got published in the American Indian Culture & Research Journal, I won my 3rd Nammy, I got a shout out from one of my heroes John Trudell and somehow, I maintained all A's & B's as a full-time student. These were some big moves for a Rez kid Hip Hop artist from the He Dog community on the Rosebud Rez with no label, deal or manager. I did everything from the ground up with help from some good hearted people and I met some great friends along the way. 

I even ended up on a few Best of 2013 lists for my EP Born Ready.
RPMfm Best Indigenous Music of 2013
Indian Country Today Media Network's Best Native Music of 2013
I learned so much in 2013 that I can't even put it all into words, but I know none of it would have been possible without people supporting my music, sharing my work and having a genuine interest in seeing me perform. That's you guys. So I give it up to you all reading this. 


Thank you all for the support. You changed my life

With love,
Frank Waln

Thursday, October 24, 2013

AB Original Lyrics



Pickup

Look at all around look around at the whole thing
If your skin is brown then you’re down for the old pain
Look at all around look around at the whole thing
If your skin is brown then you’re down for the old pain


Verse 1

Young boy I’m leaving home (all alone)
On the rez I grew up unknown (with my stone)
The world said I couldn’t be king (they disown)
But in the city I can see a throne
Feeling like/ the king of the dammed in a kingdom of sand
Building castles as my freedom expand
Just to watch them fall down as the tides roll in
I’ve never seen a storm come with idle wind
And so I’m Idle No More rap the plight of the poor
Cuz educated warriors are vital to war
And we battling oppression/ got me stressing
Wondering if I’ll ever learn my lesson
Cuz I can’t let me people go (oh no)
And I can’t let my weakness show (You’ll never know)
Even when I’m hopeless and I pitiful
I keep going knowing that I’m AB Original

Chorus A

I got this AB Original flow/ I got this AB Original soul
I got this pain that I can’t shake/ ties to my people I can’t break
Got this history in my blood/ got my tribe that shows me love
So when I rise/ you rise/ come on let’s rise like

Verse 2

It’s been months since I’ve seen a Native/ It’s messing with my creative/Approach/ It’s got me jaded/ isolated
No one understands me like my people/ these white kids don’t know my struggle
I ain’t equal in their eyes and their intolerance brings me troubles/ I’m not/
Their noble savage/ doing damage/ to their perception of who I am
Self-destruct when I self-construct my own plan/ of my identity/ from their affinity
To raping culture/ they rape the land/ shame an NDN just to save the man
But this NDN never dies/ dies dies dies/ RISE

Chorus A

I got this AB Original flow/ I got this AB Original soul
I got this pain that I can’t shake/ ties to my people I can’t break
Got this history in my blood/ got my tribe that shows me love
So when I rise/ you rise/ come on let’s rise like

Transition bridge

I got those reservation blues
Reservation blues
I got those reservation blues
Reservation blues
I got those reservation blues
Reservation blues

Pickup

Look at all around look around at the whole thing
If your skin is brown then you’re down for the old pain
Look at all around look around at the whole thing
If your skin is brown then you’re down for the old pain

Verse 3

It’s 2013 and our chiefs are all shot/ digital blankets give spiritual smallpox
Certain revelations arise and my path becomes as clear as reservation skies/and I/
Could use a little hope sometimes cuz I was dead broke when I wrote this rhyme
So faith in myself is what I supposed to find
Play cultural red rover and I broke the line
I blew right past it/ raps spew like acid
Mind of an activist Lakota Sioux assassin
Who mastered Hip Hop to fight his battles
Saddle up this beat and let my rhymes unravel (yeah)
(Hoka) Call your cavalry because I leave stereotypes as casualties (yeah)
(Hoka) Better call your cavalry because I leave all your doubts as casualties

Bridge

I don’t see no reservations now/ I’m trying to get up out of here
I don’t need somebody to tell me how/ I’m supposed to live my life in fear

Chorus B

These borders can’t hold me back (Heca) Can’t hold me back
These borders can’t hold me back (Heca) can’t hold me back

Pickup 2

If you a red man/ you a dead man
“Better off on the rez” what they said man
“You a mascot/ Just a ghost now
Just a thing that I wear up on my clothes now”

Pickup

Look at all around look around at the whole thing
If your skin is brown then you’re down for the old pain
Look at all around look around at the whole thing
If your skin is brown then you’re down for the old pain

Look at all around look around at the whole thing
If your skin is brown then you’re down for the old pain
Look at all around look around at the whole thing
If your skin is brown then you’re down for the old pain

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Frank Waln 2013 Fall Bookings

October 8th - Reality Raps presented by Hi-ARTS at the MIST 46 W. 116th St. Harlem New York City.  Click For More Info


October 18th - B-Fresh Holistic Hip Hop festival at Columbia College Chicago, IL. 


October 19th - Kateri Pow Wow Chicago, IL. Details TBA

November 1st - National Indian Education Association Convention in Rapid City, SD. Click Here For More Info

November 2nd - Native Sovereign Youth Leadership Conference at Mahoney State Park, NE. Click Here For Conference Program


November 6th - Columbia University Native American Heritage Month Opening Ceremony. New York City, NY. Details TBA

November 8th and 9th - Chen Dance Center. New York City, NY. Details TBA

November 14th - Michigan State University Native American Heritage Month Celebration

November 19th - Ohio State University Alternative Thanksgiving 




FOR BOOKING, CONTACT FRANK WALN AT  f_waln_35@Hotmail.com

Monday, May 13, 2013

AbOriginal

video

I just finished recording my next single. I am taking it to mix now

It's called AbOriginal and it's the single greatest song I have ever made

This video is a small taste


Nake Nula Waun Announces Performance On The Rosebud Reservation For National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month



     Mission, SD April 23, 2013--- The Tiwahe Glu Kinipi program and award-winning Lakota Hip Hop collective Nake Nula Waun are proud to announce a homecoming performance on the Rosebud Reservation for Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month. The concert will be held at the Sinte Gleska Multi Purpose Building on May 23, 2013 at 7pm.  This concert will be the capstone event concluding the month-long activities held by the Tiwahe Glu Kinipi program to honor Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month. 

     Nake Nula Waun started their journey as a group three years ago performing at suicide prevention events on the Rosebud Reservation and have since gone on to win multiple national music awards and perform all across the country.  This will be Nake Nula Waun’s first time performing at home since winning the 2012 Native American Music Award for Song/Single of the Year.  At this concert, Nake Nula Waun will perform brand new songs and discuss healthy lifestyle choices with the youth.

     Come join us, as we celebrate a healthy lifestyle and connection to our culture in honor of Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month. The concert is free for all. Nake Nula Waun takes the stage at 7pm promptly. For more information or questions contact Keith Braveheart at Tiwahe Glu Kinipi. 






ARE YOU READY?

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

2013 Bookings

May 11th, 7pm - Live Art with Little Black Pearl. The Dance Center on Columbia College Chicago Campus. Chicago, IL

May 21 - Performance at The National American Indian Housing Council Meeting. Chicago, IL

May 23, 7pm - Free Youth Concert for National Children's Mental Health Awareness Month. Sinte Gleska University Multipurpose Building. Mission, SD

May 26, 8pm - Mayne Stage with A Tribe Called Red. Chicago, IL. Buy Tickets HERE

May 27 - June 2 -- Hip Hop Theater Artist Residency. New York City, NY

June 12 - June 18 -- Performance Residency for the P'AI Foundation at Microfest. Honolulu, HI

August 6-7 -- Performance and Hip Hop Workshop for the Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi. Dowagiac, MI

October 7-12 -- Performance at the Hip Hop Theater Festival. New York City, NYC

November 4-9 -- Performance/Teaching Residency at the Chen Dance Center. New York City, NYC



IF YOU WANT YOUR EVENT OR IDEA TO BE ADDED TO THIS LIST, CONTACT FRANK WALN AT  f_waln_35@Hotmail.com