The Snotty Nose Rez Kids (SNRK’s) have returned to release their EP, Born Deadly. The Haisla Hip-Hop duo of Young D and Yung Trybez are two rappers from Kitimat, British Columbia, who thrive on creating contemporary music, while representing their Indigenous people by highlighting the issues they face within their music. This new EP was inspired by the spirit and energy of their fans during their live shows. In this new EP, the guys experiment with new flows and rhythm, with each song embodying a blend of different beats and instrumentals. SNRK led 2019 with their third album, the critically acclaimed, Trapline. Exclaim! Named this album as one of the 50 Best Albums of the 2010’s and the Top 10 Hip Hop Album of 2019. Now, they are hoping to lead this year by entering the top charts with their new EP, Born Deadly.
So, why the title Born Deadly? SNRK’s explain how they like to “refer to things that are dope as real deadly.” When they wrote the track, “Real Deadly”, one of their most popular songs on the EP, the idea was to feel strong and confident about who they are as people and artists. They wanted this message to be passed onto their audience. They wanted them to feel positivity and courage when listening to their music. For example, “Cops With Guns Are The Worst!!!” was a response to the Wet’suwet’en pipeline protests that was occurring across Canada. These protests were focused on the police brutality and determination of Indigenous people. Many of SNRK’s songs were played and chanted during these protests, such as KKKanada, Johnny’s Teeth, Skoden and more. The SNRK’s also has a track named “Boujee Natives” which signifies Indigenous culture and identity, and was named one of the Top 50 Songs of the 2010’s.
Born Deadly will definitely be an exciting album that will continue to empower their listeners. In the words of the duo, “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.”
It is no surprise that the SNRK’s were named one of the 20 Canadian Artists to Watch in 2020 by Complex. They are an inspiring duo with a positive message to share amongst their fans. Their new EP, Born Deadly is set to release this Friday on April 3rd and will surely be one to look forward to.