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Acclaimed hip-hop group putting on workshop exclusively for Vancouver Islanders


Calling all hip-hop enthusiasts! 

The Snotty Nose Rez Kids are an acclaimed rap duo from Kitamaat Village, right here in BC.

They have teamed up with the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) to give hip-hop enthusiasts on Vancouver Island the chance to work with and learn writing and production skills from the duo. 

The rappers are proudly from the Haisla First Nation. Darren “Young D” Metz and Quinton “Yung Trybez” Nyce have made the Polaris Prize’s shortlist in 2019 for their album, TRAPLINE and performed at the Juno awards. 

They performed this summer to a nearly sold out crowd at ‘Tilt!’, which was part of this summer’s Phillips Brewery backyard concert series. 

Their music has been featured in shows such as Shoresy, Reservation Dogs, Resident Alien, Trickster, Biggstown and Burden of Truth. 

In addition, the rap duo’s song Boujee Natives achieved over 1.7 million streams on Spotify and its music video has over 2.7 million views on YouTube.

Metz and Nyce are putting on a workshop on Thursday, November 17th for those aged 30-years-old and under. 

Registrants can sign up for a live virtual interactive workshop, Q and A, and pre-recorded performance clips on Zoom with Snotty Nose Rez Kids’ two emcees.

One of the main goals of this collaboration is to amplify young Indigenous voices and encourage  intergenerational learning and cultural pride. 

“Having SNRK share their insights and experiences about making hip-hop music in Canada is such a win for VIRL,” says VIRL Librarian and event organizer, Dalia Levy. 

“I am sure many youths out there are surprised to see us partnering with the hip-hop community, but as a library system, we are always trying to attract new and younger library users and connecting with the arts is something we have always done.” 

“Libraries connect people to new ideas, opportunities, and each other, which is exactly what this workshop is primed to do.”

“With SNRK’s popularity, we hope there’s a lot of interest, especially from Indigenous youth, in taking part in this exciting opportunity. I, for one, am counting down the days.” 

Space in the workshop is limited and the VIRL encourages prompt registration for the event.

Snotty Nose Rez Kids feat. Vancouver Island Regional Library

  • Where: Online via Vancouver Island Regional Library
  • When: November 17th from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
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