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2Mex
Birth nameAlejandro Ocana
OriginLos Angeles, California
GenresAlternative hip hop
Underground hip hop
Occupation(s)Rapper
Years active1992–present
LabelsMemo Records
Afterlife Records
Mean Street
Temporary Whatever
Paladin Creative Super Co.
Strange Famous Records
Associated actsVisionaries
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[]

2Mex attended the Good Life Cafe open mic nights in 1992. 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] In 2016, one of his legs was amputated due to complications from diabetes. He addressed the loss and other struggles in the 2017 album Lospital.[9]

Film[]

2Mex is featured in Ava Duvernay's 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 1992.[citation needed]

Publications[]

In 2021, 2Mex released a book called Word Murder, which features lyrics for 70 songs, 30 unreleased poems, a detailed biography, and photography by Gadzooks and Brian "B+" Cross.

Discography[]

Solo[]

Studio albums

Mixtapes and EPs

Compilations

Collaborations[]

Visionaries (2Mex with Dannu, DJ Rhettmatic, Key Kool, LMNO & Lord Zen)

Of Mexican Descent (2Mex with Xololanxinxo)

Look Daggers (2Mex with Isaiah Owens)

Other collaborations

Guest appearances[]

References[]

  1. ^ Calahan, Joel (March 9, 2004). "2Mex - Sweat Lodge Infinite". Dusted Magazine. Archived from the original on 9 February 2005.
  2. ^ Quinlan, Thomas (December 2001). "2Mex - B Boys in Occupied Mexico". Exclaim!. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  3. ^ Krolak, Mike (October 21, 2003). "Album Review: 2Mex - Sweat Lodge Infinite". Prefix. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  4. ^ Segal, Dave (January 27, 2004). "Sweat Lodge Infinite". XLR8R. Archived from the original on October 27, 2013. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  5. ^ Quinlan, Thomas (February 2004). "2Mex - Sweat Lodge Infinite". Exclaim!. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  6. ^ Swan, Rachel (March 23, 2004). "2Mex". XLR8R. Archived from the original on October 27, 2013. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  7. ^ Quinlan, Thomas (April 2004). "2Mex - 2Mex". Exclaim!. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  8. ^ Glave, Trav (September 28, 2010). "2Mex – Dead Hand Control and Track Listing (MP3)". URB. Archived from the original on January 1, 2011.
  9. ^ Gutierrez, Juan (15 August 2017). "After a Life-Threatening Illness, a Healthy 2Mex Is Back With New Music". LA Weekly.

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