March 1, 1969
Actor, Rapper, Motivational speaker
Though he follows in the growing tradition of rappers turned actors, this strikingly handsome and sleekly muscular performer does not hail from the 'hood. Litefoot recited his rhymes and gave motivational talks as an inspirational rapper performing at Native American reservations and schools before making his acting debut as the co-star of "The Indian in the Cupboard" (1995). This charming children's fantasy told the story of a young boy who learns a series of life lessons after he unexpectedly brings his three-inch tall plastic Indian to life by placing it in a magic cupboard. Conscious of his status as a role model, Litefoot bestowed humanity and dignity upon a potential stereotype while demanding historical accuracy in his portrayal.A member of the Cherokee Nation, Litefoot grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he first developed musical interests as a child listening to Motown artists and other R&B performers with his parents. He later began writing poetry and listening to rap music. These interests converged years later when his sister, a recording artist, asked him to write a rap for one of her band's songs. Litefoot's musical career began when they asked him to perform his own composition. In addition to writing all his own lyrics, he has subsequently overseen the production, distribution and marketing of his releases on Red Vinyl Records. Litefoot has referred to his music as "tribalistic funk or Native American hip-hop."