SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS & DREZUS RELEASE BRAND NEW SINGLE WHERE THEY AT
“With fierce rhymes committed to the cause of decolonization, Snotty Nose Rez Kids simultaneously nod to the contemporary hip-hop sound they employ and to environmental issues directly affecting Indigenous people.” – Complex
“kinetic and cartoonish chemistry similar to Flatbush Zombies, as well as a bold confrontation of white supremacy with classic hip-hop tropes.” – The Fader
Toronto, ON – October 23, 2020 – Today, Snotty Nose Rez Kids team up again with award-winning rapper, Drezus, for their brand new collaboration, Where They At. The track is the first taste of new music since the band’s critically-acclaimed Born Deadly EP, released earlier this year. Have a listen here, and get the song on limited edition autographed vinyl through metaarts.ca/collections/wta.
“Where They At is addressing the haters and naysayers throughout our careers,” comment SNRK. “A lot has changed in our lives and we've lost people along the way. Basically, it’s about our journey to where we are at right now. We're letting you know we're doing alright through all the madness."
The tongue-in-cheek call-out is the fourth collaboration between SNRK and Drezus – who previously worked together on tracks The Resistance, Skoden (Remix) and Savages. Drezus had received a beat from Pops (Machine Gun Kelly, Jay Rock, SonReal), which he thought would be a great fit for SNRK. Immediately drawn to the track, Yung Trybez and Young D headed into the studio and laid down their parts, later being joined by Drezus in Vancouver to complete recording and mixing with Jamie Kuse (Nova Studios).
The video created for Where They At features an animated version of Yung Trybez’s dog, Chauncey, who recently died. A kind of mascot to SNRK, Chauncey featured on the cover of the group’s self-titled album, featured in the Forever Sick music video, can be heard barking on the opening to TRAPLINE’s, Alien vs Indians, and was loved by many in Trybez and D’s hometown of Kitimat. The video was conceived as an homage to Chauncey, riding with Yung Tybez, Young D and Drezus as they pass between scenes, driving through their community and on the open road.
With no signs of slowing down since the Born Deadly EP release, Snotty Nose Rez Kids have been keeping busy through 2020, already working on their next full-length album, set for release in mid-2021. The pair has been working on a documentary about SNRK with Michelle Latimer (VICE, Trickster, Inconvenient Indian) and Michael Grand (Finding Big Country); they created a musical piece using a poem by Thomas King for the 2020 TIFF-premiered documentary, Inconvenient Indian; helped provide and create music for the 2020 TIFF-premiered CBC TV Series, Trickster – adapted from Eden Robinson’s Novel, Son of a Trickster; and Yung Trybez and Young D played themselves in a small acting role in the 2020 Vancouver International Film Festival-premiered feature length film, Monkey Beach – another Eden Robinson adaptation.
Stay tuned for more to come from Snotty Nose Rez Kids through the rest of the year and into 2021!
About Snotty Nose Rez Kids
Snotty Nose Rez Kids is a Haisla Hip-Hop duo from Kitimat, BC, composed of rappers/producers Yung Trybez & Young D. Often compared to Flatbush Zombies and Earthgang, SNRK have developed their own unique Indigenous Trap genre and have risen through industry ranks receiving multiple awards, and named among Complex’s, Ones to Watch in 2020. Formed in 2016, SNRK released back-to-back albums in 2017, their self-titled debut in Jan 2017 & The Average Savage in Sept 2017. The latter secured them Best Hip-Hop Artist at the Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA), landed them on 2018’s Polaris Music Prize Short List, & a 2019 Juno Nomination for Best Indigenous Music Album. The group toured heavily in Canada in 2018 with appearances in NYC, Seattle and Darwin, Australia. They quickly gained notoriety for their energetic, inspiring and thought-provoking shows.
SNRK led 2019 with their thrid album, TRAPLINE, which received stellar reviews and press from Exclaim!, Noisey, Beatroute, Hip Hop Canada, CBCMusic, Complex, Hype Magazine, Okayplayer, & FADER. The duo embarked on a 60+ show tour in Canada, US, Mexico, UK & Australia receiving a groundswell of support for their live show and scoring 9/9 on multiple Exclaim! show reviews. That same year, SNRK won Breakout Artist at the WCMA's & the album was Shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize, marking SNRK as one of only three artists to ever be shortlisted back-to-back years. They wrapped up 2019 with TRAPLINE listed on numerous Best Album of the Year lists. Exclaim! named TRAPLINE one of the 50 Best Albums of the 2010’s, Top 10 Hip Hop Album of the Year, & Top 50 Songs of the 2010’s for Boujee Natives.
They opened 2020 with their first EP release, Born Deadly, to promote their first headline US tour. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the tour was postponed to 2021. SNRK are currently working on their next full-length album set for release mid-2021 and will be rounding out the end of 2020 with a series of collaborative singles. Recently, SNRK had their music placed in TIFF premiering doc, Inconvenient Indian, CBC’s TV series, Trickster, and Vancouver Intl. Film Fest premiering film, Monkey Beach.
Drezus gained international attention with his first release, War Path, in 2014. He spent the next two years developing his audience. In 2017, he won an MTV VMA for his song with Taboo (Black Eyed Peas) for ‘Stand Up/Stand N Rock.’ Drezus made his US television debut in 2019 on Paramount Network’s ‘Yellowstone’ TV series, playing himself. Back to the drawing board, Drezus is hard at work on his next full alength album, set for release in 2021.