El Paso born Hip Hop artist Artson attended the 17th annual Native American Music Awards in Niagra Falls, New York, Saturday, October 14, and walked away with the Nammy for Best Narrative Music Video for his song “Never Give Up” off his last EP, E.A.R.T.H. The song also features fellow Native American artists Quese IMC and Supaman. This win was particularly significant for Artson considering other nominees for the category included industry heavy hitters A Tribe Called Red and Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas, who most recently received an MTV VMA for his video “Stand Up.” Artson was also a nominee for Best Male Artist and Best Rap/R&B Recording, and served as a presenter for the Best Group nominees, proving his star is on the rise.
With his first full-length album in over a decade nearly complete and expected to release in early 2018, Artson says he’s already looking forward to next year’s event and the possibility of more Nammys in his future. “I feel so blessed and excited to get this award. As an artist, it’s moments like this you dream about. I believe this next album we’re rapping up is my best work yet, and I just can’t wait to share it with my fans that have that been such a big part of my journey.” As a former 15-year resident of Las Vegas, Artson dedicates this win to the people affected by the tragic events that have recently taken place there. “Vegas was a big part of my life, and I still have a lot of friends and family there. I just want them to know to never give up. There is more love in this world than hate, and we’ll get through these tough times together.”
The new album will feature several other renowned Native American emcees, including RedCloud, Def-i and Wake Self. Artson will also be a featured artist on an album by Toronto star producer David Strickland, who’s best know for his work with artists including Drake, Redman, Keith Murray, Biggie, Tupac, Wu-Tang and many other Hip Hop and R&B legends. More details on the release of Artson’s next album and other feature projects coming soon.