For those who want to buck the whole notion of Valentine's Day, make a date at Whiskey Jacques' to see Chali 2na. An artist in all aspects of his life—music, painting and acting—2na has a special talent as an emcee. From Chicago's South Side, 2na exploded onto the Los Angeles hip-hop scene hanging with the notable hip-hop group Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli.
His baritone voice is distinctive and so are the experiences that led him to create his first solo album, "Fish Outta Water," in 2009. His material includes a selection of music beats from Scott Storch and Jake 1, and from memorable appearances from Damian "Jr. Gong," Stephen Marley, Anthony Hamilton and Beanie Man.
"I wanted this album to expose who I am as an artist," 2na said. "The majority of people know me from Jurassic 5 and Ozo, but I felt like nobody knew me as an artist. I want to show you all facets of who I am—man, husband, brother, father, son and painter."
Whether it's the trauma 2na experienced from the shooting death of a childhood friend to the twists and turns of his own family lineage, he has a life's worth of songs.
"I want to free people's asses and let their minds follow," he said. "I want to enlighten, but I ain't trying to be a bumper sticker either."
Catch 2na stateside before he goes abroad for a European tour. Whiskey Jacques' in Ketchum will present 2na on Monday, Feb. 14, at 10 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door.
For a complete listing of music events in the valley, see the Music, Dance and Theater section of the Calendar on Page C5.
—Sabina Dana Plasse