Before performing a sold-out show Saturday night at the Ramada Hotel, as a part of Coldsnap Winter Music Festival, hip-hop duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids (SNRK) treated the kids of Prince George to a special concert.
The Juno Nominated First Nations hip-hop duo formed by rappers Darren’ Young D’ Metz and Quinton ‘Yung Trybez’ Nyce performed two interactive shows on Friday Jan.24 for students from School District No. 57 (SD57) at Vanier Hall.
The SD57 students got a preview that included songs from the duo’s self-titled 2017 debut album, as well as tunes from The Average Savage (2017) and TRAPLINE (2019). The Average Savage was shortlisted for the 2018 Polaris Music Prize and for the 2019 Juno Award for Indigenous Music Album of the Year.
“The Rez Kids easily connected with their young audience and, for one song, invited all students up onto the stage to sing and dance with them. The separation between musicians and fans was gone and it was a moment in time many of the kids will remember forever,” says the school district in a post on its Facebook Page.
“Between songs, Metz and Nyce took questions from the audience. In their answers, they spoke of their pride in their Haisla heritage, their love of family and community and their passion for their craft. Their words — like their songs — were powerful, inspirational and completely genuine.”
Originally from Kitamaat Village and now based in Vancouver, Yung Trybez and Young D, grew up together and naturally connected through their love of music, wrestling and pop culture.
In their bio, SNRK say growing up on the ‘Rez’ close to a predominantly white town the two-faced similar challenges, but ultimately found refuge in hip-hop and inspiration in each other’s talents.
SNRK was then born in 2016, forged from a life-long friendship between two emcees that used music to create, connect with their culture and language, and as an outlet to express themselves
Now SNRK say they are heading back in the studio writing new music, working on new collaborations with artists in multiple genres.
“A huge thanks to Snotty Nose Rez Kids. They gave SD57 kids a gift they can keep opening for years to come,” says the district.