Snotty Nose Rez Kids return with some serious firepower for their second release of 2017.
SNRK are on a mission to educate and uplift, while still keeping the party live.
Over a mix of old racist film and cartoon samples and head-knocking beats, the Snotty Nose Rez Kids‘ latest mixtape definitively proves that they’re a force to be reckoned with in the Indigenous hip-hop scene. The Average Savage comes just a few months after the duo dropped their debut S/T album. This release finds them still proudly repping the Haisla Nation and the minay movement, while elevating ideas of native kinship into a new space of collectivity, where rap is just a conduit to their wider vision of rebuilding power and reimagining community.
To do that, they employ next level lyrical skills, NDN humour, and combative anti-colonial resistance raps.
“We wanted to flip stereotypes about our people that have been around for generations.” – Young D
“When you look at old movies and cartoons, the main word to describe us was ‘Savages’, says rapper Young D, “So instead of letting that get to us, we used it to our advantage. That propelled our message and the whole project. The Average Savage is a series of raw, unapologetic emotions that tell our story not only as individuals, but as First Nations peoples.”
One of the things that jumps out at you right away is SNRK’s easy ability to flip between politics and party music. Enlisting heavyweight guest appearances from the likes of Drezus, Mob Bounce, Wellspoke, Hellnback, and the soulful singing of Salia Joseph, SNRK has their mask-clad hands on the pulse of the Indigenous next wave and they’re dancing in the face of oppression.
Lyrically, they’ve levelled up. On tracks like “Savages” and “Redskin Cowboys”, SNRK trade verses with guest emcees calling out colonial perceptions, cultural appropriation, and centuries of misrepresentation, only to chop, flip, and destroy whatever outmoded and ignorant things you thought you knew about NDNs in the 21st century.
“This mixtape is a reminder to our brothers and sisters of the strength they carry, whether they realize it or not”, Yung Trybez says. “It’s a reminder to our people to know their worth no matter what they are told. They wanted us to hate ourselves because of the land we occupy, the values we hold, and the energy we carry. But we put a middle finger up to that ideology, while claiming their slurs like they claimed our land and branding it our own!”
The Snotty Nose Rez Kids rep rez life to the world, while making sure the world knows that the rez is comin’.
This is next level Native hip-hop for the next generations rising.