SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS – “FOREVER SICK”
THE AVERAGE SAVAGE (2017)
June 29, 2018 – Road to Polaris
Spill Magazine’s first featured artist on our “Road To Polaris” Track Of The Day series are coming at you with an unapologetic assault of hip hop crafted beats, political in-your-face-ness, and I-don’t-give-a-fuck-ality. There ain’t nothing average about these kids. They are all growed up — so take notice. Snotty Nose Rez Kids have a well earned place on the 2018 Polaris Music Prize Long List, so enjoy this track from their nominated album The Average Savage.
Snotty Nose Rez Kids (SNRK) are an Indigenous hip hop duo currently based out of Vancouver, BC. Proudly hailing from the Haisla Nation, SNRK creates music that pays homage to their upbringing on the Rez in Kitimaat Village while also touching upon larger themes related to Indigenous identity, politics and resistance in ways that engage a diverse audience.
“We call ourselves savages, red skins, and indians. Some people hear this and underestimate us. They don’t think we understand the origin and weight of these words. We have reclaimed these words, and stripped away the harm they were intended to carry, the hate and ignorance they thought we didn’t notice. When we say Average Savage, you better believe that means that we are the most brave indigenous warriors out there and there’s nothing average about us. Our people are survivors by force. We’ve injected clips of movies, cartoons, and media into our track list to point out how this racist shit is engraved into our minds as kids – how normalized it was for us to hear ‘Stupid Indian’ and ‘Kill the savages’.
When we interact with these slurs, we are confronting them, deconstructing them and regurgitating them to create our own impressions that exemplify us as the strong, creative, and intelligent Savages we know ourselves to be.”
Bio courtesy facebook.com and bandcamp.com.
Road to Polaris
The “Road to Polaris” Track of the Day series will highlight daily a selection from one of the 40 exceptional albums nominated to the 2018 Polaris Music Prize Long List. On July 17, the list of ten finalists comprising the 2018 Polaris Music Prize Short List will be revealed, with the winner of the 2018 Polaris Music Prize being announced at the Gala on September 17. Congratulations to all 40 artists whose albums have been nominated this year for your contribution to Canadian Music. For more information on the Polaris Music Prize read our feature “Behind Closed Doors – What’s Behind The Polaris Music Prize Grand Jury“.