Black Milk

Performing with his live band -- Nat Turner

Mike Xavier

It’s rare to find a hip-hop artist who appeals to everyone from all walks of life. Xavier does just that, proving himself to be that unique artist through his vivid, poetic and real life – though upbeat and optimistic – lyrics.

Xavier’s generation-defying appeal comes in part because of his live band. A gifted, smooth and well-trained group that includes trumpet, keys, guitar, bass, and drums. After years of performing alongside a DJ, Xavier decided it was time to task a crew of expert instrumentalists to help him create a live experience that’s unparalleled in the world of hip-hop. They gently wrap his insightful lyrics in energetic and accessible jazz that consistently captivates crowds of all ages.

While the band’s smooth, patient strumming draws you in, the lyrical portrait Xavier paints of this often gritty world is what leaves audiences of all backgrounds feeling they’re one with a peer or someone who has genuinely lived in their dirt-stained shoes. That’s because they are: Xavier is all of us.

Before Xavier ever opened up for Hip Hop pioneers such as; Mobb Deep, Zion I and Rakim, he was raised in Los Angeles by a single mother and eventually wound up homeless – sleeping in his car until he could make a few dollars to lay his head on an actual pillow.

Now he’s a single father, and the lessons he first learned on the streets of L.A., and now Las Vegas pour out when he’s on stage. When Xavier performs his acclaimed song “Sunshine,” it's clear that he longs to be a good father and positive role model.

“We just got to teach our kids they can change the world,” Xavier raps with his calm though upbeat tone. “They used to tell me, ‘Try them drugs.’ I ain’t never try it.”

Xavier’s heart doesn’t just pour out in his lyrics; he also backs it up with action. He has taken part in feeding the homeless as well as hosted and organized his first annual Toy Drive, which brought out some of Las Vegas’ best talent to pay it forward for kids in need. He’s also played a benefit concert for the Las Vegas Victims' Fund, as well as performing for the neglected and abused children who live at St. Jude's Ranch.

Xavier has appeared on Fox, NBC, and Las Vegas Now News. He also sold out The Bunkhouse Saloon for his EP release in 2017. Shortly after he held a self-promoted headlining show in Hollywood, CA. Xavier's success has quickly carried over into the new year. In January alone Xavier hosted his first sold out Artist Seminar, was named an "act to follow" in 2018 by The Las Vegas Weekly and was voted as the "Best Singer-Songwriter" by Desert Companion Magazine.

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