First Play Live: Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Trapline
The Haisla rappers perform tracks off their third LP.
Snotty Nose Rez Kids were born out of Darren "Young D" Metz's passion for hip hop and his childhood dream to make a mixtape. The only rapper he knew at the time in Vancouver, where Young D was attending a music engineering school, was Quinton "Yung Trybez" Nyce. Together, the two wanted to give voice to the voiceless.
Now, three albums in with one Polaris Prize short list credit and a Juno nomination for Indigenous music album of the year, Young D and Yung Trybez's voices are reaching a larger audience, and they have refined their ability to speak truth to power while keeping an irreverent and cheeky sense of humour.
"Trapline is about identity and land," says Yung Trybez, describing the duo's third album, which came out May 10. "Because when you talk about First Nations people, you can't talk about one without the other — they go hand in hand."
Trapline builds on the success of Snotty Nose Rez Kids' second LP, The Average Savage, and aims to speak to a wider audience.
"With the platform that we have now, we did make this music for ourselves and we make it for our people, but ... on this next album you'll notice that we have a lot more features and a lot more non-Indigenous features and we're showing the bridges, the connections that we share and the similarities between us and different cultures," explains Yung Trybez.
Watch as Snotty Nose Rez Kids perform tracks off Trapline and play some older favourites.