The number 3 is often associated with spiritual meanings. Generally, numerological principles speak on the number 3 as representing communication, intellect, and magic. Interestingly, while at Team Backpack's Mission Underground event in LA earlier this month, I had the pleasure of meeting a young woman that certainly made me do a "triple take."
Her name is 3XTK, which does mean triple take, but there is a deeper explanation. According to 3XTK, her name comes from having a strong mind, the ability to emphasize with those around her, and being at peace with one's soul. She states that "a lot of people don't believe me when I say I'm an MC until they hear me on stage and have to do a triple take."
The Santa Monica native speaks greatly about her upbringing in the working class neighborhood of an otherwise wealthy, affluent community. This gave her an early look into issues like racism and gentrification. She has written poetry since she was a child and started making songs in college at Santa Clara University.
One word I could use to describe 3XTK is critical. She is a critical thinker who cares passionately about her community and uses music as a means to bring those stories to life. "I've always been involved in social justice and continue to do so by being a union organizer. Every day I go out and attempt to better someone else's current circumstances," said 3XTK. Her poetry, songs, and style all speak on her strong beliefs and experiences as she sees this "Twisted World" in the lens of a young female Hip Hop artist.
3XTK continues to do community work and makes music that is often influenced by the people she meets and her views on the issues we face every day- relationships, inequality, etc. Don't ever judge a book (or an artist) by its cover, you might just have to do a triple take.
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