Culture, Music, Race and Ethnicity

This Native American Indian Rapper Just Became the MTV Artist of the Week

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Have you hear about the Native American musical artist “Supaman”? This Apsáalooke Native American Indian comes from the Crow Nation Reservation near Billings, Montana. On March 21, the MTV Iggy blog named him Artist of the Week, selecting him over hundreds of competitors.

“Native Americans grasp that culture of hip-hop because of the struggle,” explains SupaMan.

“Hip-hop was talking about the ghetto life, poverty, crime, drugs, alcohol, teen pregnancy; all that crazy stuff that happens in the ghetto is similar to the reservation life. We can relate to that.”

Take a listen to the video below…

In the beginning, his influences from hip hop were negative, but he’s using music in a positive way, to change lives.

“It was just nonsense,” he said in an interview with NPR, back in 2011. “We would play the part, you know. We were wannabees, trying to be, like, these rappers on the rez. So we started doing the crime, robbing, went into houses and trade the merchandise and then get weed from the merchandise, and then started selling.”

“The way hip-hop influenced me in my earlier years is in a negative way,” he continued. “I mean, I hate to say that, but it’s true.”

Now he tries to impart understanding and pride in Native culture and identity in his music.

“I talk to a lot of kids — go to schools and everything — and I tell them, ‘Man, you don’t know who you are. You don’t know what you have. You can go to Europe, Japan and these people love you cuz you’re Native American. So you should value that. You should value that and know who you are!'”

(Article by M.B. David; image via YouTube)

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