As Nataanii Means describes himself……. "I'm not a rapper, I'm an activist who rhymes." His songs seek to encompass all the "hardships of the everyday life of the modern 21st century indigenous person," as he wrote in the description of his 2013 debut, 2 Worlds.
Means is the son of distinguished Oglala Lakota activist Russell Means, a prominent leader in the American Indian Movement. "He had a huge influence on me," Nataanii Means told Indian Country Today. "I speak on subjects he talked about often: freedom, identity, the government and genocide. ... I feel like I have the voice to speak to my generation, to awaken the masses and make a country see the forgotten people of America."