SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS UNLEASH NEW TRACK SCREAMING INDIAN WITH SKINNY LOCAL
“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 – November 27, 2020 – Following their previously released single, Where They At, which dropped last month, Snotty Nose Rez Kids unleash their latest new track – Screaming Indian – out today (on Native American Heritage Day) via Vancouver-based Indian label, Snakes X Ladders. Born out of a jam session nearly two years ago between SNRK and Delhi 2 Dublin producer, Tarun Nayar, the duo later teamed up with BC-based South Asian trap wave producer, Skinny Local, who breathed new life into the song, creating a joyous and rowdy celebration of solidarity – something that feels timelier with each passing day. Listen here and check out the video here.
“To our knowledge there hasn’t been an Indian and ‘Indian’ (Indigenous) mash-up in Hip-Hop,” SNRK reflect on the inspiration behind Screaming Indian. “It seems like an obvious choice that Indigenous people and Indian people would collaborate, as their histories are intertwined in one colonial historical moment where, thinking he’d reached India, Columbus dubbed the people he sought to conquer and eradicate, ‘Indian.’”
Make no mistake, this is not a government sanctioned display of ‘multiculturalism.’ It is an in-your-face vision of what is happening right now in streets and neighbourhoods – a middle fingers-up to government-sanctioned racism, and an unabashed reclamation of voice, respect for Creator, and celebration of culture and identity. It's tongue-in-cheek moments like, “Imma run for prime minister and still won’t pay my taxes” that fly in the face of all the racism that Indigenous people have endured by colonialism, and shows that Snotty Nose Rez Kids are not afraid to shy away from deep subject matter with playfulness and jest. With unmistakable production that lends to the instrumentalism that defines Indian music, Screaming Indian is about claiming power and space for two marginalized groups of people through hip-hop.
Directed by Alfonso Chin (who previously worked with SNRK on their Creator Made an Animal video), the video for Screaming Indian features a blending of cultures that echoes the inspiration behind the song, with Indian garb representation and Garba dancers, along with Indigenous powwow dancers and hair braiders.
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.