26 June 1973 (age 44)
Native Funk is a stage name for James Lowery.
Lowery was raised on the east side of Detroit. His family hailed from the Lumbee tribe in Pembroke, North Carolina. Lowery's father was a preacher. His aunt and mother taught him about his Native American heritage, telling him Cherokee and Lumbee legends and teaching him about dreamcatchers. Lowery started making music at a young age, using anything he could find as instruments, and began writing his own songs at the age of 13. By the age of 15, local kids would pay to watch him perform in his garage. In 1995, he formed the group Krazy Klan with childhood friend Lavel, performing as Jaymo and J-ho, respectively. During this period, Lowery's middle finger was cut off at a side plant that produced parts for Chrysler. After releasing two albums independently and performing at local clubs and parties, Krazy Klan broke up.
Seeking a solo career under the stage name "Native Funk," Lowery released his first solo album, Rain from the Sun. After being introduced to rapper Chris Rouleau, known professionally as "Blaze Ya Dead Homie," Lowery adopted the stage name "Anybody Killa," and the two toured as the opening act for Insane Clown Posse and Twiztid. Lowery signed to Psychopathic Records.
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