For the past several years underground hip hop duo Indigenous Cats, composed of recording artists Calmplx (pronounced Complex) and Ina, have made their rounds in the underground hip-hop scenes of Los Angeles, California. Drawing inspiration from classic Boom Bap Jazz, and Reggae, interwoven with unique takes on decolonization; the duo’s incorporation of Indigenous empowerment in their music has crafted a unique sound setting them apart from virtually all of their peers in L.A.’s burgeoning underground hip-hop scene. Invoking the nostalgia of hip-hop’s heyday, conjuring memories of a by-gone era while still addressing dilemmas of the 21st century. In her first solo project entitled The Ina Project, Ina treads into new waters away from partner in rhyme, pushing her craft to new heights, and exploring a different side of her music outside of Indigenous Cats.
In our latest installment, Ina returns to Step Off! Radio to discuss the seven track EP that utilizes all of the classic Boom Bap and soulful production that the Southern California emcee/songstress has made a name for herself both singing and rapping over. Likewise, we also discuss how the project pushed her to step into new waters sonically, behind the scenes accounts discussing the EP’s recording process, as well as talk about future upcoming projects and what the future holds for Ina and Indigenous Cats in the upcoming year. With that said, we are proud to present to you our conversation with Ina of Indigenous Cats.
Featured below is our full interview with Ina available through our official SoundCloud page. You can listen and subscribe to Step Off! Radio on your preferred podcast streaming service by visiting our Podcast page. You can follow Ina on her social media account on Instagram. Please make sure to rate and review the show!