Charles Stewart (born June 26, 1971), better known as Chali 2na, is an
American rapper and hip hop artist, associated with the groups
Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli. He is known for his baritone and quick
delivery rapping style.
1 Personal life
1.1 Early life
2 Music Career
2.1 Jurassic 5
2.2 Solo album
4 Street Art
5.2 Mixtapes & EPs
5.3 Guest appearances
7 External links
As a young boy, Stewart moved to South Central Los Angeles, where the
Jurassic 5 was formed in 1993. He was raised by his grandmother,
a practicing Muslim, who raised him in the Islamic faith. His stage
name is a reference to Charlie the Tuna, the deep-voiced animated
mascot of StarKist Tuna. He and
Cut Chemist became friends in high
school. Together with Mark 7even, they were part of a seven-man group
called Unity Committee. The Unity Committee crew would often spend
Thursday nights performing at the Good Life Café, where rappers and
spoken word poets showed off their skills in an open mic format. They
were, along with another three-person troupe called the Rebels of
Rhythm, routinely chosen as the crowd's favourite performers. The two
crews also appreciated one another's styles, and they teamed to record
a 12" single, "Unified Rebelution", in 1995. The Rebels of Rhythm were
MCs Akil and Daakir (also known as Soup); the men banded together to
form Jurassic 5. In 2006,
Cut Chemist elected to split from the group
to pursue a solo career, and the
Jurassic 5 group split up altogether
He is a founding member of the activist salsa funk band Ozomatli;
although no longer an official member (having been replaced as
resident MC by Jabu of 4th Avenue Jones), he continues to collaborate
with them on occasion and maintains his friendships with them. Along
with salsa, his music and theirs have been influenced by reggae and
soul music; he is also a fan of house music.
Was a founding member of Jurassic 5, which boasted in the song
"Improvise" that the four MCs sounded like one.
Fish Market, an official mix tape, was compiled and released October
The mixtape is called the Fish Market, and basically it's just an
accumulation of a bunch of songs that I did with other people man,
that a lot of people might not have heard or might have, but might not
have wanted to buy that album just to hear that song or whatever. So
people could just pick it up, and it can kind of be like a little hand
book on Chali 2na, before he actually comes out with an actual solo
album. It's a series as well, because there is gonna be a Fish Market,
Part 2 with a bunch of other stuff that didn't make it.
"Don't Stop", the would-be first single from Fish Outta Water,
appeared in January 2006. It showcased 2na's familiar rapid-fire flow;
in its lyrics, 2na professed his dedication to hip hop culture,
insulting rappers who neglect to pay proper respect to pioneers like
Kool Herc and Afrika Bambaataa. He also spoke deferentially of Tupac
"Don't Stop"'s chorus was sung by neo-soul artist Anthony Hamilton. It
was featured in the soundtrack of the video game NBA Live 06. A second
Chali 2na solo song, "The Anchor Man", was featured on the Dan The
Automator-curated soundtrack to the latest installment in the game
series, NBA 2K7. Another song, "Something Different", was also
featured on the
All-Pro Football 2K8
All-Pro Football 2K8 soundtrack.
Five years after Fish Market, a solo album, titled Fish Outta Water,
was released. The album received generally positive reviews, holding a
score of 70 on Metacritic. 2na delves into some of the formative
experiences in his life, including a tragic incident in which his
cousin, Be-Be, was killed in the 2003 E2 nightclub stampede.
Collaborators on the album include
Beenie Man (with whom he recorded
"International"), Raphael Saadiq, his longtime friend Rakaa
Iriscience, Talib Kweli, Anthony Hamilton,
Damian Marley and Ming Xia
(on the final track 4 Be Be).
Another mixtape was released in 2010, Fish Market Part 2. Much like
the first Fish Market album, this is mainly filled with collaborations
2na has completed throughout his career with famous artists such as
In an interview with Mr. Wavvy, 2na revealed that he has a series of 5
EPs prepped for the near future.
Chali 2na's song "Step Yo Game Up" was featured in popular video game
in 2012 called Sleeping Dogs.
Chali 2na collaborated several times with fellow MCs. Many, but not
all of his featured guest appearances are catalogued on the Fish
Market albums, mixtapes he released to give his collaborations to
"people [who] might not have wanted to buy that album just to hear
that song or whatever."
He is a good friend of and frequent collaborator with British hip hop
star Roots Manuva, having worked with him on a number of songs
(including "Revolution 5", which appears on Fish Market and Dub Come
Save Me, and "Join The Dots", which appears on Roots Manuva's second
proper album, Run Come Save Me). He has also referenced his friend in
He has worked with
Linkin Park on the song "Frgt/10" and the skit
"Chali" from the 2002 album Reanimation. The song was also featured on
Fish Market. He worked with
Ozomatli on their first album and toured
with New Orleans funk band Galactic. He is also featured on Galactic's
From the Corner to the Block
From the Corner to the Block on the cut "Think Back".
He collaborated with
Blackalicious on their 2002 album "Blazing Arrow"
on the track "4000 Miles, alongside Lateef the Truthspeaker.
2na appears alongside fellow
Jurassic 5 MC, Akil, on the track "We
know something you don't know" on the 2003 album "Music for the Mature
B-Boy" by UK artist DJ Format.
Fatlip's 2005 "Today's Your Day (Whachagonedu)" from the acclaimed
The Loneliest Punk
The Loneliest Punk features a verse from 2na.
Chali 2na was also featured on Lyrics Born's
Everywhere at Once
Everywhere at Once album,
performing on "Hott 2 Deff".
Lyrics Born was also the MC for The
Deadliest Catch Tour 2009. This hip hop tour featured Chali 2na, Gift
of Gab and Mr. Lif.
On K'naan's 2009 album, Troubadour, Chali was featured on "America"
together with Mos Def.
Chali 2na appears on the song The People Tree, which is track 2 on
N.A.S.A. (musical group)'s 2009 album The Spirit of Apollo.
Long Beach Dub Allstars
Long Beach Dub Allstars 2001 album Wonders of the World Chali was
featured on "Life Goes On" also featuring Half-Pint, Ives (of
Delinquent Habits), and Tippa Irie. In 2008 Chali 2Na recorded with
Ditch for Ditch's CD "Public Intoxication" on the song "All Comes Down
To Money" which he co-wrote with Ditch.
Furthermore, Chali 2Na recorded a track together with Dutch rap artist
Jerome XL in 2008. The track "King Sh#t" was released on JXL's solo
debut album The Last Day in the first quarter of 2010.
In June 2010, British dubstep star Rusko released a collaboration with
Chali 2na entitled "Gadget GoGo". The track was released as a bonus
track to accompany the release of Rusko's debut solo record OMG. The
track was also featured on Fish Market, Part 2.
Chali 2na appeared on the track "Speaking in Tongues"
from the album "Drinking From the Sun", the 2012 release from
Australian hip hop artists Hilltop Hoods.
Chali 2na featured on the song "Get Original" on the Black Eyed Peas
album "Bridging the Gap" released in 2000.
In 2012, he featured on the remix of "Dreamers" by British hip-hop duo
In 2012, he featured in Slightly Stoopid's track "Just Thinking" on
their album, "Top of the World".
In 2014, he guest starred in Epic Rap Battles of History, portraying
famous scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
In 2015, he was featured on the song "Love Is Killing Me" by Savoy,
which was released on Monstercat.
In 2016, he collaborated with Canadian electro-funk band The Funk
Hunters for a 5-song EP titled ILLectric, released through Westwood.
2017 saw a partnership with Krafty Kuts, the English DJ and this has
seen the release of two tracks "It Ain't My Fault" ft Dynamite MC and
"Hands High". An album is due for released March 2018 according to
Chali himself on Lauren Laverne's BBC 6 Music show
Chali 2na is featured prominently in the award-winning documentary
This Is the Life, chronicling the music movement that was birthed at
The Good Life Cafe in South Central Los Angeles. The Good Life is the
open-mic workshop where he first performed with Unity Committee in the
early 1990s and founded Jurassic 5.
Chali 2na is also featured in the documentary Freestyle: The Art of
Rhyme, and in the movie
Never Been Kissed
Never Been Kissed as part of Ozomatli,
performing in a club.
Chali 2na is interviewed in RASH – a 2005 documentary film
about Melbourne street art and graffiti – on his passion for
graffiti as he paints his signature Tuna fish in murals with
Australian artists including Phibs. The session involved painting
murals on Smith St and Brunswick St in Melbourne. Chali was taking a
short breather while on the band's 2005 Australian tour.
Chali 2na has also starred in the
Epic Rap Battles of History
Epic Rap Battles of History video,
Sir Isaac Newton
Sir Isaac Newton versus
Bill Nye as astrophysicist Neil deGrasse
Chali2na is an accomplished graffiti artist - and has painted
extensively across Australia - including Perth and has been a
regular painter at the Bondi Beach Graffiti Wall.
Fish Outta Water
Fish Outta Water (2009)
Jurassic 5 (1998)
Quality Control (2000)
Power in Numbers
Power in Numbers (2002)
Ozomatli (1998) (with Ozomatli)
The Dino 5 (2008) (with Ladybug Mecca, Prince Paul, Scratch &
Wordsworth, as The Dino 5)
R.I.D.S. (2012) (with Roc 'C', as Ron Artiste)
Mixtapes & EPs
Fish Market (2004)
Fish Market Part 2 (2010)
Jurassic 5 (1997) (Jurassic 5)
Against the Current EP 1 (2012)
Against the Current EP 2 : Manphibian Music (2014)
Against the Current EP 3 : Bloodshot Fisheye (2015)
ILLectric EP (2016) (with The
Roots Manuva - "Join the Dots" on
Run Come Save Me
Run Come Save Me (2001)
Roots Manuva - "Revolution 5" on
Dub Come Save Me
Dub Come Save Me (2002)
DJ Format - "We Know Something You Don't Know" on Music for the Mature
Supernatural - "It Ain't a Game" on S.P.I.T. (2005)
DJ Nu-Mark feat.
Chali 2na - "Comin' Thru" on
Mushroom Jazz Vol. 5
Galactic - "Think Back" on
From the Corner to the Block
From the Corner to the Block (2007)
Hilltop Hoods - "Speaking in Tongues" on Drinking from the Sun (2012)
Run DMT - "This or That" on Union Of Opposites (2012)
Morcheeba - "Face of Danger" on Head Up High (2013)
Savoy - "Love Is Killing Me" on 1000 Years (2015)
Slightly Stoopid - "Just Thinkin'" on Top Of The World (2012)
Jurassic 5 Break Up, "People See Us As A Loving Group, But That's
Far From The Truth"". 4CONTROL MEDIA, Inc. 2007-03-19. Archived from
the original on 2007-07-17. Retrieved 2007-11-03.
^ "Chali 2NA Discography at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved
^ "Fish Market - the Official Mixtape: Selected By Chali 2na: Various
Artists: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved
^  Archived November 19, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
Fish Outta Water
Fish Outta Water Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic.
2009-07-07. Retrieved 2012-05-23.
Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5) Mr. Wavvy Ep. 1". YouTube. 2013-10-09.
^ Gutelle, Sam (June 16, 2014). "Weird Al Is Isaac Newton In New 'Epic
Rap Battles Of History' Episode". Tubefilter. Retrieved June 18,
Perth Street Art". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2017-12-13.
^ "Chali 2na". Bondi Beach Graffiti Wall. 2017-12-13. Retrieved
Chali2na Official Site
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