Up & coming Native American Hip Hop artist Komplex Kai (Kisar Jones-Fryberg, 29) is a member of the Tulalip tribe which is located in the Pacific Northwest. The artist name is a description of him as a youth as a complex individual and embracing this complexity, Komplex Kai was born.
He has been described as a Native Tupac by the Seattle Times. His music blends classic West Coast beats with raw & gritty East Coast lyrical tones. As a lyricist, his music is inspired by his life experiences growing up in & around the Tulalip Indian Reservation.
His lyrics envelope the pain of youth growing up with absent fathers, to finding his way in a modern world growing up as an Indigenous person to becoming a father and creating a musical legacy for his children.
His freestyling, no-fear lyrical prose was developed through local battle raps as a youth. Writing all his own lyrics, Komplex Kai produced his first single at the age of 14, “About The Rez“, which latter was remixed, remastered, & became known as the Tulalip anthem with a hook that called out to the youth to embrace their indigenous identity. ‘Perfect World‘ followed in 2005 and become his first title song & album. Komplex Kai has since released five more albums ‘Invisible Race‘, ‘Unforgiven‘, ‘What’s Done Is Done‘, ‘The Album‘, & ‘us.napster.com/artist/komplex-kai/album/the-ep’.
He has performed at Seattle’s annual Folklife Festival (that features hot new artists & a diverse audience), EP, & Tulalip Resort Casino. Komplex Kai is a regular guest at the Canoes Cabaret Lounge at the Tulalip Resort Casino and has performed at the Tulalip Amphitheater. You can give the music video for his “Still” single (which you can cop via iTunes | Spotify | CD Baby) a watch below…