“We are all re­lat­able, no mat­ter what cul­ture.”


REP­RE­SENT­ING FOR THEIR CUL­TURE AS MEM­BERS OF THE HAISLA FIRST NA­TION TRIBE while re­main­ing true to their in­ner vi­sion is what gives Snotty Nose Rez Kids Darren “Young D” Metz and Quin­ton “Yung Trybes” Nyce the drive to keep go­ing.

The In­dige­nous hip-hop duo have come a long way from record­ing tracks on cheap desk­top equip­ment in the Ki­ta­maat Vil­lage re­serve in North­ern B.C. They’ve since dropped two al­bums and a num­ber of sin­gles that have gained enough recog­ni­tion to take their move­ment out­side of the Rez. Their sec­ond stu­dio al­bum, The Av­er­age Sav­age, was re­cently named to the short list for the Po­laris Mu­sic Prize, and al­most a year af­ter its re­lease, SNRK will per­form at the gala cer­e­mony.

The Av­er­age Sav­age sends a strong mes­sage of in­tegrity, hon­our and pro­tec­tion of land and cul­ture; it’s an al­bum made to em­power and in­stil pride into In­dige­nous youth, a com­mu­nity that is un­der­rep­re­sented in hip-hop. They call the project their “lit­tle pre­cious,” but were pleas­antly shocked to find out it res­onated fur­ther than they could have imag­ined. “We never thought that this al­bum would be this spe­cial for other peo­ple,” Young D says. “We knew it was spe­cial, but never ex­pected the short list.”

In May, the pair put out a video for their sin­gle “The War­riors,” a po­lit­i­cally charged re­sis­tance song made specif­i­cally for Tiny House War­riors’ bat­tle against the Kinder Mor­gan pipe­line. Yung Try­bez ex­plains the im­por­tance of us­ing his voice to pro­tect the land and wa­ter that has sus­tained his fam­ily for gen­er­a­tions. “I con­nect land and iden­tity as one. Be­ing a war­rior to me means stand­ing up for some­thing that can’t stand up for it­self.” He goes on to say that keep­ing the land pure and keep­ing true to self and spirit is the very def­i­ni­tion of be­ing a war­rior.

Gear­ing up to drop their third al­bum, Rez Bangers & KoolaPops, the Rez Kids chan­nel dif­fer­ent sides of their per­son­al­i­ties — sides that are “not so se­ri­ous,” Young D says, while ex­plain­ing that this project will be un­like any- thing they’ve re­leased in the past. Rez Bangers & KoolaPops will be “com­pletely dif­fer­ent from The Av­er­age Sav­age,” they say, and will in­clude

“I con­nect land and iden­tity as one. Be­ing a war­rior means stand­ing up for some­thing that can’t stand up for it­self.”

a plethora of fea­tures, all Canadian, but from dif­fer­ent cul­tural back­grounds.

The duo in­sist that the point of this al­bum is to dis­play them “hav­ing fun with it” — mak­ing mu­sic that rep­re­sents the Rez, but also shows that “we are all re­lat­able,” says Young D, “no mat­ter what cul­ture.”

Rez Bangers & KoolaPops is set to drop in Oc­to­ber and will fea­ture fe­male rap crew the Soror­ity, Ja­panese-Trinida­dian artist Brevner and Indo-Canadian duo Car­tel Madras.

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