SANTA FE — Albuquerque hip-hop artist Andrew Martinez, 30, who performed as Wake Self, died after a Sunday night car crash in Santa Fe was caused by a driver now charged with aggravated DWI and other counts.
Wake Self was to perform at a pre-release party for latest album “Ready to Live” on Thursday night at Meow Wolf in Santa Fe. In the car that Martinez was driving and seriously injured in the crash was Kevin Allende, 28, of Santa Fe. An artist by that name has painted murals at Santa Fe High School and around the state.
News of Martinez’s death drew a strong reaction from fans and others.
Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller tweeted, “With the passing of Wake Self, ABQ lost a powerful voice. His music was about resilience and respect for young people, elders, and women – and his legacy won’t be forgotten. We’re thinking of his family & friends today, and those he touched with his music.”
Meow Wolf also paid tribute.