The original kids of Rap Duo Snotty Nose Rez move on to the grief of the past on the new life of the LP after
When Quinton Ness and Darren Metz met on the basketball court in Kitamat, British Columbia Al-Hayla nationThey weren’t even 6 years old.
Metz was a starting goalkeeper – booked off the field, but he was a threat when the game started. He studied the dribbling moves of mixed hoops and practiced his handles in his kitchen. Nyce, a few years older, played on the wing and preferred to drive to the edge with ambition. They were “kind of like yin and yang,” according to Nice.
Two decades later, lifelong friends go on to complement each other in the rap duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids. their fourth album, life afterNow, the couple prepares to embark on their first US tour, including a stop at The Rebel Lounge in Phoenix on Friday, October 29.
Like their previous three albums, life after Showcase Snotty Nose Rez Kids’ great pride in their culture. Yung Trybez (Nyce) and Young D (Metz) follow in the footsteps of other indigenous Canadian rappers such as Joey Stylez, Team Rezofficial and Mob Bounce.
“I know there were people who came before us and built the foundation so we could stand on it and thrive,” says Nice. “And I just want to keep passing the torch on and make it easier for people to come after us.”
life afterThe sound marries the tenacity of live artists’ most unusual trap (Ski Mask the Slump God, XXXTentacion, etc.) with the experimental production palette of artists like Baby Keem and Brockhampton. The majority of the album was produced by Metz and California-based producer Kyrigo.
Despite the album’s upbeat sound for the majority of playtime, life after In the end it comes from a place of grief and dispensation, a theme inspired by experiences in the pandemic. The group has lost many loved ones over the past two years, and the concept for this album is about overcoming life’s painful obstacles.
employment life afterThe eighth song, “Change,” the rap, “I’ve seen more funerals than proms or weddings.”
“We come from a lot of traumatic backgrounds, particularly Aboriginal people here in Canada,” says Ness. And we just want to let people know that there is life after traumatic experiences; There is life after you go through hell, you know. There is always more life to live.”
The album cover shows Nyce and Metz diving into a music pit. The focus of this album on live performance is purposeful. After more than a year of underperformance due to Canada’s strict Covid-19 guidelines, the duo wanted a record-breaking focused on what comes next once the pandemic subsides, especially for audiences from their Aboriginal communities. When Nyce sees crowds during their main performances, “typically 80 percent are First Nations.”
“When you compose music for a body of very underrepresented people … our broadcast numbers are not going to be, say, through the roof, because we’re making music for them,” says Nice. “So our numbers are not going to be crazy. But wherever we go, there is a lot of love towards us.”
“We try to make it as a safe space for Indigenous people to celebrate themselves – that’s why we make music.”
On their Rebel Lounge show, you can bet that Metz and Nyce will showcase their high energy and vibrant yin and yang.
“We built a lot of chemistry together just by playing basketball, and I feel like we bring the same kind of energy to the tracks and onto the stage,” says Nice. “Darren is the kind of guy who would be very conservative and himself and introverted. But once he hits the stage, it feels like a silly animal comes out.”
Snooze Knows Reese’s Kids. With Lex Lisous. 8 p.m. on Friday, October 29. Rebel Lounge, 2303 East Indian School Road. Tickets $15 plus fees.