Haisla Nation hip-hop duo, Snotty Nose Rez Kids,today announced a new EP, Born Deadly, set for release April 3. Fans also received a taste of the new EP with a video for the lead single, Real Deadly – premiering today via Complex. SNRK will perform at SXSW in Austin, TX before heading out on their first ever U.S. headlining tour, kicking off April 12 in Portland, OR and wrapping June 13 in Detroit, MI (all dates below).
Discussing the lead single, Real Deadly, Quinton “Yung Trybez” Nyce and Darren “Young D” Metz state, “We like to refer to things that are dope as real deadly. We wrote this song about feeling strong and confident in who we are as people and artists and want that to transfer to the listener. Much in the way that our track, Boujee Natives, spoke to the richness of indigenous fashion, style, culture, and identity, we want Real Deadly to be a positive affirming song. A lot of the music we wrote for this EP was inspired by the energy we feel at our shows. The tracks are ‘turn up’ tracks and we intended for fans to not only hear them on record, but at our live shows too.”
Regarding the video, they add, “It was great working with Producer, Ben Knechtel (Carly Rae Jepsen, Scott Helman), and his team again for the video. Director Travis Didluk really came through and we cultivated a nice little story line where both of us are basement-dwelling scientists developing a real-deadly substance that infects us with power and confidence. You’ll see by the end that we snap out of it and it’s all for fun, and we wanted to show people that we don’t take ourselves too seriously.”
Hailing from Kitimat, BC, SNRK formed in 2016 and released back-to-back albums in 2017 – their self-titled debut in January, and The Average Savage in September. The latter earned the duo Best Hip Hop Artist at the Western Canadian Music Awards, landed them on the 2018 Polaris Music Prize Short List and earned them a 2019 JUNO Award nomination for Best Indigenous Music Album. The group toured heavily in Canada with select appearances in the U.S. and Australia. They quickly gained notoriety for their energetic, inspiring and thought-provoking shows.
In 2019 SNRK released their 3rd album, Trapline, garnering praise from Exclaim!, Bandcamp, CBC Music, Complex, Hype Magazine, Noisey, Okayplayer, and The Fader, among others. The duo embarked on a 60+ show tour of Canada, U.S., Mexico, UK and Australia, receiving a groundswell of support. SNRK won Breakout Artist at the Western Canadian Music Awards that year, and the album was once again shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize, marking SNRK as one of only three artists to ever make the Short List in back-to-back years. They wrapped 2019 with Trapline landing on numerous Best Album of the Year lists. Exclaim!named Trapline one of the 50 Best Albums of the 2010s, Top 10 Hip Hop Albums of the Year, and Top 50 Songs of the 2010s for Boujee Natives.