City Natives Form Like Voltron, Listen to Their Rugged New Single, “Ruler”

Stream “Ruler”, the lead single from City Natives’ new album, Voltron.

Voltron is not just the title of City Natives‘ latest album, it’s also an apt metaphor for the crew’s collective power.

Energized by Indigenous camaraderie and lyrical skill, the New Brunswick and Nova Scotia-based quartet of MCs and producers—Beaatz, IllFundz, Gearl, and BnE—has consistently delivered some of the dopest hip-hop coming out of Indian Country.

Last year’s Red City was one of 2014’s finest releases, and this year the group returns with their latest effort, Voltron, the crew’s third LP. Continuing to build on the strength of their established sonic palette—rugged rhymes paired with head-knocking production—the crew’s consistency trumps all else; and they’re becoming increasingly adept at interweaving the dextrous flows and intricate wordplay between each MC. Every track on Voltron bumps like a long lost classic posse cut unearthed from the dusty crates of hip-hop’s bedrock foundations.

On “Ruler”, the crew declares their supremacy as “natural born lyricists” committed to maintaining hip-hop’s ethos of self-determination and self-made success. There’s no denying their claim to a rightful place in hip-hop’s pantheon of greatness—but as an Indigenous crew, they’re harnessing a uniquely native set of superpowers that makes their collective form all the more compelling and dynamic in what it represents for the people.

And, not that we can take the credit, but all the way back in 2013, we hailed their imminent ascendance as “a young Native rap Voltron” poised for break out success. Looks like it’s taken City Natives a couple years to grow into the title. But they’ve earned it.

Tour dates and album purchase info below.

STREAM: City Natives – “Ruler”


June 24th – Kingsclear, NB @ Jedi
June 26th – Halifax, NS @ Multicultural Festival
June 30th – Elsipogtog, NB @ CC’s Bar
July 3rd – Eskasoni, NS @ Pow Wow
July 12th – Antigonish, NS @ Evolve Festival
July 19th – Fredericton, NB @ The Capital Complex
July 31st – Fredericton, NB @ The Capital Complex
August 1st – Listuguj, QC – @ Real Bar
August 8th – Toronto, ON @ Planet Indigenous
August 19th – Millbrook, NS @ Summer Games
August 30th – Charlottetown, PEI @ Babas Lounge

City Natives’ Voltron is available now on iTunes. Stream the full album on Spotify below:

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  1. Brandy Baker

    I am so proud of City Natives. I live in North Carolina, USA. And I have been following City Natives since the beginning. They are one of my favorite indigenous bands. In the USA, the indigenous bands are predominantly in the West. I live on the East Coast, and I have been asking where all the East Coast natives is at? But anyway, I am 1/4 Tuscaroran. And even though I do not live on the reservation, I can & do relate to the struggles. I have written a few rap/hip-hop songs of my own. I do not have enough money to get started on my own musical work, but maybe one day. Great job City Natives!!!