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The Jerry Cans Break New Ground with Nunavut’s First Independent Record Label ‘Aakuluk Music’

Iqaluit-based dynamos The Jerry Cans are bringing their alt-country/throat-singing/reggae sound out to the world in their own way, releasing their upcoming record Inuusiq/Life under their own label Aakuluk Music. The Jerry Cans’ Nancy Mike chats with RPM about starting Nunavut’s first independent record label and their exciting new work. …read more »

A Tribe Called Red’s DJ NDN Talks New Album, Collaboration, and Solidarity

It’s been a minute since A Tribe Called Red released their highly-acclaimed sophomore album, Nation II Nation in 2013. It goes without saying the release of their latest album, We Are The Halluci Nation, has been anticipated in a big way. We caught up with ATCR’s DJ NDN (Ian Campeau) to chat about the Halluci Nation, collaboration, and the importance of solidarity.
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Stuart James Releases New Track “#NoDAPL” in Solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation

The time of the seventh generation prophecy has arrived. The time has come for us to stand united with all our relations to defend the land and waters from destruction, and while immediate action takes place in Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline, artists like Stuart James are doing their part to generate awareness and motivate others to stay strong and protect our Mother Earth. RPM chats with Stuart about his track “#NoDAPL” and how we can support the movement wherever we are.

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Dio Ganhdih Claims Space for Queer Indigenous MCs

Finding space in the world to flourish has been always been an ongoing focus for LGBTQ people of colour. Thankfully, we have NYC-based Mohawk/Cherokee MC Dio Ganhdih dominating the hip-hop game and blazing the trail for the Queer Indigenous MCs of the future. Dio talks to RPM about her heritage, inspirations, responsibility, and her new EP, Do It Ourselves. …read more »

Iskwé Talks Collaboration and Artistic Growth With Her New Album “The Fight Within”

It’s been three years since Trip-Hop/R&B wonder Iskwé released her self-titled debut album, but with time comes the fine-tuning of artistic integrity – now she’s ready to share a stronger sound. Iskwé sat down with RPM to talk about her new fall album The Fight Within, and how collaboration has helped her grow as an artist.
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WHOOP-Szo Creates Space for Indigenous Alternative Art Rock Lovers

As Indigenous artists continue to strive to occupy space in a world where hip-hop and pop have taken over the mainstream music industry, it’s even trickier for Indigenous rock musicians and fans alike to find space where their identity is present in the alternative rock scene.
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MC Wake Self Talks Collab with Gift of Gab, Artistic Growth, and Upcoming Album “Malala”

Big things are happening for Albuquerque-based MC Wake Self. Currently touring through Europe after dropping his latest single, “Change the World” featuring Gift of Gab of the legendary hip-hop duo Blackalicious, Wake took some time out of his busy schedule (and lack of zzz’s) to give us the lowdown on his upcoming album Malala. …read more »

Saskatoon MC T-Rhyme Talks Indigenous Arts and New EP “Diary of a Mad Red Woman”

Earlier this month, Saskatoon’s Tara T-Rhyme Campbell released her new EP, Diary of a Mad Red Woman, just ahead her first performance at the Indigenous Arts Festival in Toronto. We caught up with Tara to talk about her “5 track compilation of short stories in poetry form, backed up by dope beats.”
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