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First Play Live: Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Trapline

The Haisla rappers perform tracks off their third LP.

The Haisla rappers perform tracks off their third LP.

Snotty Nose Rez Kids relax before their First Play Live session for Trapline. (A.J. Leitch)

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, one-half of Snotty Nose Rez Kids. (CBC Music)

"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.

Snotty Nose Rez Kids performs 'Redskin Cowboys' for CBC Music's First Play Live. 3:17
Snotty Nose Rez Kids performs 'M.I.N.A.Y' for CBC Music's First Play Live. 3:28
Snotty Nose Rez Kids perform 'Dead Chiefs' for CBC Music's First Play Live. 1:36
Snotty Nose Rez Kids perform 'OG Power' for CBC Music's First Play Live. 1:55
Snotty Nose Rez Kids perform 'Rick Flair Drip' for CBC Music's First Play Live. 1:28
Snotty Nose Rez Kids perform 'Forever Sick' for CBC Music's First Play Live. 1:56
Snotty Nose Rez Kids perform 'Long Don't Care' for CBC Music's First Play Live. 1:26
Snotty Nose Rez Kids perform 'Crazy' for CBC Music's First Play Live. 1:19
Snotty Nose Rez Kids perform 'Skoden' for CBC Music's First Play Live. 4:40
Snotty Nose Rez Kids perform 'Creator Made an Animal' for CBC Music's First Play Live. 3:29
Snotty Nose Rez Kids performs 'Hooligans' for CBC Music's First Play Live. 2:29
Snotty Nose Rez Kids performs 'Lost Tribe' for CBC Music's First Play Live. 2:09
Snotty Nose Rez Kids perform "I Can't Remember My Name" for CBC Music's First Play Live. 3:12
Snotty Nose Rez Kids performs 'Hunger Games' for CBC Music's First Play Live. 3:15
Snotty Nose Rez Kids performs 'Yuck Sue Yaach' for CBC Music's First Play Live. 3:06