Lil Mike and Funny Bone are, almost certainly, Oklahoma City's only on-call, full-time, American Indian, little people, Christian hip-hop artists.
But they're anything but a novelty act.
The brothers, respectively - have spent years making the rounds of clubs, churches, arenas, children's birthday parties and retirement homes while developing their skills as beat-makers and rappers in a series of independently produced recordings.
Some songs have found radio play on Radio stations, including KOKF 91FM, Power 103.5FM & More. Others have appeared solely on albums with titles such as "Doin Big Thangz " and "Durty South Native Style" Their most popular CD titled "Crunk Nativez," features a remix of their hit song ........Rain Dance, as seen on America's Got Talent.
Lil Mike and Funny Bone have won talent contests, opened for big-name acts such as Wine-O, Bobby Valentino, Billy Rey Cyrus & more. Plus played gigs in penitentiaries and been mobbed by screaming teens in Arkansas.
Getting to that point hasn't been easy. From homelessness to gang violence to "size-ist" discrimination, the brothers have hustled and flowed their way from nothing to something - even if they still have a long way to go.
The brothers are members of the Pawnee tribe, their faith in God gives them both the courage to stand tall in the spotlight - despite being only about 4 feet 9 inches tall.
"Call us short," Funny Bone said. "We're not legally midgets or dwarves. We're short."
When he was about 12, Lil Mike started dancing like Michael Jackson & writing poetry. Over the next few years, he heard the testimony of the Gospel Gangsters, a Christian rap group, and was awed by the Power Team, bodybuilders who praise God and break bricks.
"I was already a Christian," Lil Mike said. "But seeing them just made me rededicate myself."
Lil Mike realized he had a message to share, too. He could help impact kids through his talents and show them that no matter how many obstacles you face, God can help you through them.
At one show, Lil Mike recited poem as music played in the background. Afterward, someone complimented him on his ability to rap - and a would-be hip-hop star was born.
"I'm like exactly the amount of years younger than him (Lil Mike) to just miss all of that stuff," he said.
He was the right age to idolize Lil Mike, though, and he wanted to perform, too. While still a child and with his older brother's help, Funny Bone adopted his new name and stage persona.
For Lil Mike and Funny Bone, the music business is pretty much their only job.
They spend weekends at the flea market, selling their own recordings and those of other local hip-hop artists at a booth called "405 Music." They book their own gigs, design covers and they're willing to preform just about anywhere.
"It's not hard to book us," Lil Mike said. "We're just trying to get our name out there, let everybody know we're good at what we do so we can make money and pay the bills."
While they wait for their big break to come along, the brothers are writing and recording as many songs as they can - including their first ever rock album.
"Our mom loves what we do," Funny Bone said. "The last time she was crying, it was because we did a love song for her. When she heard the song (we love you), she started crying. I asked her why she was crying. I was trying to figure it out.
"She just said we'd come a long way."
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