Hip-Hop Literary Devices (1 period)
Why Hip-Hop? (1 period)
Essential question: Why is hip-hop such a popular art form among native people?
- Supaman: Rapping on the Reservation (NPR)
- Tania Willard, Medicine Beats and Ancestral Rhymes (BeatNation)
Rapping as Language Revitalization (1 period)
We focus on Miss Christie Lee, a Vancouver-area artist who raps in the Halkomelem language.
- Experience by Miss Christie Lee
- Short documentary about Miss Christie Lee
- Ancient Mussqueam language revived through hip-hop
we are going to make a rap video, by making our own lyrics and video.
Tracks & Resources
“The Lights Go Out”
Rapsure Risin is a Sto:lo duo from British Columbia. In “The Lights Go Out,” Carrielynn Victor (Numinous) and Theresa Point (Apt Exact) spend a night in a haunted residential school building.
A Tribe Called Red
Based in Ottawa, A Tribe Called Red is one of Canada’s hottest electronic/hip-hop groups. Listen to see why.
War Party feat. Flying G.
War Party is a Cree hip-hop group from Alberta. In “Feelin Reserved!”, Rex & Cynthia Smallboy and Flying G. rhyme about colonialism, cultural losses, social problems, and their determination to make things better for future generations.
“La Paix des Braves”
Samian feat. Loco Lacass
Rapping in both French and Algonquian, Samian and Loco Lacass call for a new “Great Peace” between the French and native people in Quebec.
“Prayer Loop Song”
Supaman is a member of the Apsaalooke nation in Wyoming. This track is an excellent example of how many indigenous hip-hop artists blend cultures, traditions, and influences to produce innovative work – often with an implicitly political message.
“Rise to the Top”
Vision Quest is from our very own Whitehorse. This is is a song they wrote as part of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada contest.
Resources & Further Reading
Beat Nation: Hip-Hop as Indigenous Culture includes mainly Coast Salish artists.
nativehiphop.net includes a wide variety of artists from Canada and the United States.