SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS CHANNEL THEIR INNER UNCLE RICO
Toronto, ON – July 23, 2021 – Vancouver hip-hop duo, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, celebrate all things summer with their extended family on Uncle Rico. The new song and video continue to tease their fourth full-length album, due later this year, as US tour dates and major hometown headline shows are on the horizon. The song explores the ego through the metaphor of a family member that is so fine tuned to their inner self, with an identity strengthened by the support of the community that surrounds them.
Listen to Uncle Rico and watch the video here.
Discussing the track and video, Yung Trybez and Young D noted, "Everybody has that uncle in the family that reminisces about the glory days, talks about himself in a big way and often boasts about what he used to be, coulda been or what he thinks he is, but the rest of the family don't necessarily see it that way. We wanted to make some subtle references to Uncle Rico from ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ in the video because the movie is dope and he is that personification of what we're talking about. The song is really about ego, and it's that inner ego that everyone holds within them."
The video, directed by Sterling Larose on 16mm film, features actor Cody Lightning (known for roles in Smoke Signals, Manic and Brick) starring as the duo’s own “Uncle Rico.” Filmed in North Vancouver, BC during one of the hottest days in west coast history, Snotty Nose Rez Kids celebrate who they are as they ride around the city and hang out at a pool party with friends.
“We started working last year with director Sterling Larose. He brought our concept to life! We were able to bring in Cody Lightning to play our Uncle Rico in the video. He was perfect and we've been long-time fans since his breakout role in Smoke Signals. We brought a real dope mix of artists and creatives to the video shoot and in 98-degree weather, shot it around North Vancouver, BC."
On the process, Sterling adds: “Our crew and extras went through hundreds of water bottles, freezies and things alike. It’s one of those shoot days you don’t forget, but the energy of Quinton and Darren and the whole group pushed everyone through. The look and feel of film is so tactile and raw and really lent itself to what we were trying to capture. You have to get it in 2-3 takes and move on. Luckily the guys are naturals. Cody lightning was great to work with. He was consistently inventive and always brought ideas to the table. He, Quinton and Darren even ate really hot hot wings 5+ times! True professionals. Our amazing Director of Photography, Kaayla Whachell, made everything look great, and our producers, Sophia and Luis, kept everyone safe and hydrated, while also keeping the show moving.”
Snotty Nose Rez Kids gathered some of their near and dear west coast creative pals, including Jenny Lea and Amine Bouzaher of I M U R (Vancouver-based group), Zuleyyma (Director/Photographer), and artists, Prado, Buckman Coe,Rosa (artist, member of NADUH and Off Topic), Mamarudegyal, Quanah Style, Nimkish, Lola Whyte (of Old Soul Rebel) and fashion designer, Hugo of RBRTH, who crafted a selection of the clothing pieces in the video.
Last month, the group honoured National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21) with single and video, Something Else. Drawing from the uproar following exclusion of the Indigenous population in last year’s US Election polling results – labeled as “something else” – the duo turns the term on its head to reclaim identity through sharp bars, new cadences, and fresh flows. The song emboldens recognition and pride that goes beyond definition and border, while the video celebrates some of the Indigenous community’s top creatives, influencers and changemakers. Listen to Something Else and watch Something Else.
Snotty Nose Rez Kids eagerly prepare for their return to the stage. This fall, they will rock a US tour, kicking off on October 25 in Boise, Idaho, to November 11 in Seattle, Washington, with Canadian dates to follow at Capitol Ballroom in Victoria, BC on November 12, and a special hometown show on December 30 at Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver.
Stay tuned for more Snotty Nose Rez Kids. For details on their upcoming tour, visit them online and find a list below.
Snotty Nose Rez Kids – Upcoming Tour Dates:
October 25 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
October 27 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
October 28 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
October 29 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
October 30 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
November 3 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation
November 4 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge
November 7 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Atrium
November 8 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
November 10 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
November 11 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
November 12 – Victoria, BC @Capitol Ballroom
December 30 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
About Snotty Nose Rez Kids
Snotty Nose Rez Kids is a Canadian Hip-Hop duo of Haisla (Indigenous) descent from Kitimat, BC, composed of rappers Yung Trybez and Young D. Formed in 2016, SNRK released their first self-titled album in January 2017, and followed up that same year with their second full-length, The Average Savage in September 2017. The latter went on to secure them Best Hip Hop Artist at the Western Canadian Music Awards, cemented them on 2018’s Top 10 list of the coveted Polaris Music Prize, and landed them a 2019 Juno Nomination for best Indigenous Music Album. The group toured heavily in Canada with appearances in New York City, Seattle and Darwin, Australia. They quickly gained notoriety for their energetic, inspiring and thought provoking performances.
SNRK led 2019 with the debut of their third album, TRAPLINE, which received stellar reviews from Exclaim!, Beatroute, Bandcamp, Hip Hop Canada, Now Magazine, Georgia Straight, and CBC Music, and picked up press support from Complex, The Hype Magazine, Okayplayer, Noisey, and the FADER. The duo embarked on a 60+ show tour of Canada, US, Mexico, UK and Australia receiving a groundswell of support for the album and for the tour show, scoring 9/9 on multiple Exclaim! show reviews. That same year, SNRK won Breakout Artist at the Western Canadian Music Awards and the album was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize, marking SNRK as one of only three artists to ever be shortlisted in back-to-back years. They rounded out the Year with TRAPLINE listed on numbers Best Album of the Year lists. TRAPLINE was named one of the 50 Best Albums of the 2010’s, Top 10 Hip Hop Album of the Year, and Top 50 Songs of the 2010’s for Boujee Natives by Exclaim!.
The duo had their sights set on a breakout year in 2020. COVID derailed their travel plans, stunted the release of their EP, Born Deadly, and kicked their summer festival touring into the unknown. Despite numerous highlights in between, both realized that an extended pause and increased isolation, especially after such a heavy year of opportunities and wins, had a significant impact on themselves, their work, and their communities.
Reflecting on these challenges, the group emerged from this insular period, returning to the studio as they moved through cathartic moments that would inspire their songwriting process. With faith restored as the world begins to open again, Snotty Nose Rez Kids continue to forge the path they walk on with renewed clarity for the journey ahead on their forthcoming album.