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Pawnee brothers reach new level with hip-hop group

Two brothers from the Pawnee Tribe of Oklahoma have found a higher calling as a Christian hip-hip group

Lil Mike, 25, and Funny Bone, 20, make their own music on their home computer. Their latest release, "Dirty South Native Style," features a song about a popular chicken stand in Oklahoma City. They have opened for Christian acts and performed at the Gathering of Nations Powwow this past weekend.

It's a long way from Lil Mike's somewhat troubled upbringing. Lil Mike, also known as Jesus Silva II, belonged to a gang when he was younger and turned to God to help him get out of trouble. He joined a dance group and started rapping soon after.

Funny Bone, Jesus Silva IV, wasn't involved in gangs but was eager to join his brother. He adopted a comedic personality and makes the music for the group's songs.

Get the Story:
Faith takes brothers from gangsta to gospel (The Oklahoman 4/29)

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