Passings

New Mexico hip-hop artist Wake Self dies

By Jesse Moya
jmoya@taosnews.com
Posted 11/5/19

Reports flooded social media Tuesday (November 5) saying New Mexico hip-hop artist Andrew Martinez, also known as Wake Self, has died. 

Martinez was scheduled to release his new album "Ready to Live" Thursday (Nov. 7) at Meow Wolf in Santa Fe and was set to play a show Saturday (Nov. 9) at Vagrant Heart art gallery in Taos.

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New Mexico hip-hop artist Wake Self dies

Wake Self - tribute to Malala and all women. feat Blu Samu
Wake Self - official New Mexico music video
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Reports flooded social media Tuesday (November 5) saying New Mexico hip-hop artist Andrew Martinez, also known as Wake Self, has died. 

Martinez was scheduled to release his new album "Ready to Live" Thursday (Nov. 7) at Meow Wolf in Santa Fe and was set to play a show Saturday (Nov. 9) at Vagrant Heart art gallery in Taos.

A candlelight vigil for Martinez was planned for 7 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 6) at the Civic Plaza in Albuquerque.

According to a Santa Fe Police report, and posts from his family members on Facebook, Martinez was involved in a two-vehicle accident Sunday (Nov. 3) evening. Martinez was taken to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, in Santa Fe, according to the police report. He died of his injuries Tuesday morning. 

Police believe Diego Alejandro Pichardo was driving a vehicle that struck the vehicle driven by Martinez. A passenger in Martinez’s vehicle was also critically injured in the crash. 

According to a Santa Fe New Mexican story, Pichardo of Santa Fe faces four charges related to the incident, including aggravated DUI as well as driving with a license revoked for DUI.

Friends and fans took the loss of the musician hard and immediately turned to social media to express tribute and condolences for Martinez’s sudden death.

“This is horrible news,” said Facebook user Johanna DeBiase. “So heartbreaking. He was an inspiration, especially for New Mexico youth.”

Martinez was born in Roswell and raised in southern New Mexico.

He had been working on his latest album for three years and said he was taking a new approach to his music. According to Martinez, “Ready to Live” was an album about self-reflection and healing and was a more personalized experience for him. In a recent interview with the Taos News, Martinez said he thought the album was his best work so far and he had done much of the beat-making himself.

His interest in hip-hop culture began in his early teens. Martinez had spent much of his life perfecting his craft of emceeing and recently was learning about beat production and making his own melodies.

“That is so sad,” said Taos resident Daniel Brown on a social media post. “Wake came to the Taos Regeneration Festival in 2018 and made a deep impression on all of us.”

Martinez’s videos on YouTube had reached tens of thousands of views and his tours took him across the world. 

His previous album “Malala,” released in 2016, focused on women’s rights as well as questioning the status quo of hip-hop culture. 

Martinez had played a number of shows in Taos throughout his career including shows at the Taos Community Auditorium, Taos Mesa Brewing as well as Meow Wolf Taos Vortex.

Wake Self is featured in a Tempo story about the upcoming concert at Vagrant Heart that was printed before news of his death was public. 

A spokesperson from Vagrant Heart said it was too soon to determine how Saturday’s show would play out and that more details would be released soon.

Check taosnews.com for updated details on Saturday’s show.

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