The rap/hip-hop duo won two awards at the 2020 Western Canadian Music Awards held virtually Friday (Sept. 25) evening. (Submitted/Black Press File photo).

The rap/hip-hop duo won two awards at the 2020 Western Canadian Music Awards held virtually Friday (Sept. 25) evening. (Submitted/Black Press File photo).

Kitamaat’s ‘Snotty Nose Rez Kids’ win big at 2020 Western Canadian Music Awards

The duo won Indigenous Artist of the Year and Rap & Hip Hop Artist of the Year

Snotty Nose Rez Kids (SNRK), the Haisla duo made up of Quinton “Yung Trybez” Nyce and Darren “Young D” Metz, has won big again at the annual Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA) held virtually on Friday (Sept. 25) evening.

“You know it’s cool to have your work seen. It’s like, the heart and soul that we put into our music and to have that be recognized by events, like the Western Canadian Music Awards, it’s amazing,” Nyce said.

This year, the duo won the award in both categories they were nominated for: Indigenous Artist of the Year and Rap & Hip Hop Artist of the Year.

This isn’t the first time SNRK has won an award from the WCMAs. In 2019, they won Breakout Artist of the Year and they previously won Rap & Hip Hop Artist of the Year in 2018, as well.

Metz said, currently, his favourite song to perform is ‘Cops With Guns Are The Worst!!!’ because of the high energy level and crowd involvement it brings forth at live shows.

“It’s just like, it’s an aggressive song, and if you’ve ever been to a Snotty Nose Rez Kids show, you know that, like, they’re really high energy, lots of crowd involvement, and ‘Cops With Guns Are The Worst!!!’ is pretty much just that. It gets the crowd involved, it gets people, like, hyped, it gets people going, and for us, that’s what our shows are all about,” Metz said.

Nyce said his current favourite is ‘Real Deadly’ for similar reasons.

“Looking back, the last show, ‘Real Deadly’ was another good one. Same thing, like, it’s all about energy curves with our shows, right?” Nyce said. “Our favourite songs, like, the big ones are everything that gets the crowd going.”

The duo said they’ve been working on some new things for their upcoming album, which is scheduled to come out at the beginning of March 2021, but may change depending on how the process goes.

“We had a whole concept for a new album that we’d been working on for the last, like, year and a half and we kind of just, like, squashed it and just went right back to the drawing board, due to, like, certain circumstances and things we’re both going through,” Metz said. “And we came up with a new concept for our new album and we’ve been working on it for the last few months, now.”

SNRK said that, for them, their music is about having pride in oneself and helping heal people, themselves included, through their lyrics and their performances.

“It’s just, like, to have pride, you know? Have pride in who you are, have pride in where you come from, have pride in what you do. You know, we’re just telling our story, you know?” Metz said.

“We continue to grow everyday, not just as artists, but as individuals, as human beings. And we want to help heal people, you know? And it’s like, we’re healing ourselves in the process with this music,” Metz added. “So, whenever you hear a Snotty Nose Rez Kids’ record, it’s always going to be energy. Energy and emotion. Whatever we’re feeling, our goal is to help you understand that feeling.”



clare.rayment@northernsentinel.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Collision at the Haisla/Kuldo Blvds. intersection Tuesday (Jan. 26). (Clare Rayment/Kitimat Northern Sentinel)
Collision at Haisla and Kuldo Boulevards

Five people taken to hospital with minor injuries

Angie Mindus photo
Clare’s Corner: A place for everything — and I mean everything

It’s amazing to see how much ‘stuff’ one can accumulate in their house over several months

(Jacqueline Sweet photo)
Jacqueline Sweet, right, at her graduation from the Bachelor of Arts at Simon Fraser University with her friend and fellow graduate, Laura Taylor.
In Our Valley: Jacqueline Sweet

Sweet said her career can feel isolating in the North, but she loves that she’s able to help people

(Cara Webb photo)
Cara Webb’s dog, Millie, who bolted during New Year’s Eve fireworks and was missing for almost a week. She was eventually found by Webb’s neighbour.
Good News, Kitimat!

Bringing some local good news to your week

Kitimat’s Gordon Wilson, who recently won $150,000 on a scratch & win ticket he bought at City Centre Mall. (BCLC photo)
Kitimat man wins $150,000 on scratch & win ticket

Gordon Wilson bought the ticket at City Centre Mall

Dr. Penny Ballem, a former deputy health minister, discusses her role in leading B.C.’s COVID-19 vaccination program, at the B.C. legislature, Jan. 22, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C. holds steady with 407 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday

14 deaths, no new outbreaks in the health care system

A Cessna 170 airplane similar to the one pictured above is reported to be missing off the waters between Victoria and Washington State. Twitter photo/USCG
Canadian, American rescue crews searching for missing aircraft in waters near Victoria

The search is centered around the waters northeast of Port Angeles

Jonathon Muzychka and Dean Reber are wanted on Canada-wide warrants. (Courtesy of Victoria Police Department)
Convicted killer, robber at large after failing to return to facility: Victoria police

Dean Reber, 60, and Jonathon Muzychka, 43, may be together

B.C. Premier John Horgan listens during a postelection news conference in Vancouver on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
30% of B.C. recovery benefit applications held up in manual review

The province says 150 staff have been reassigned to help with manually reviewing applications

Adam Dergazarian, bottom center, pays his respect for Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, in front of a mural painted by artist Louie Sloe Palsino, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Kobe Bryant’s presence remains strong a year after his death

Tuesday marks the grim anniversary of the crash that took their lives

Surrey RCMP are investigating after a pedestrian was struck and killed at 183 Street and Highway 10 Friday night. (File photo)
Modelling of predicted transmission growth from the B117 COVID-19 variant in British Columbia. (Simon Fraser University)
COVID-19 variant predicted to cause ‘unmanageable’ case spike in B.C: report

SFU researchers predict a doubling of COVID-19 cases every two weeks if the variant spreads

The Brucejack mine is 65 km north of Stewart in northwestern B.C. (Pretivm Photo)
B.C. mine executives see bright gleam in post-COVID future

Low carbon drives demand for copper, steelmaking coal

In this Dec. 18, 2020 photo, pipes to be used for the Keystone XL pipeline are stored in a field near Dorchester, Neb.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Chris Machian /Omaha World-Herald via AP
Canadians divided over Keystone pipeline, despite U.S. president’s permit pullback

Two-thirds of Canadians think Biden’s decision was a “bad thing” for Alberta

Most Read