When we heard that Snotty Nose Rez Kids were back in the studio working on new material, we couldn’t resist naming them one of our Artists to Watch in 2020. And while we’re still only a couple of months into the year, we don’t have to wait any longer for new heat from the Haisla Nation duo made up of Young D and Yung Trybez: Today we are premiering the video for “Real Deadly,” the latest single from their forthcoming EP Born Deadly, which is out on April 3.
"We like to refer to things that are dope as 'Real Deadly,’” the duo explains. “We wrote a song about feeling strong and confident in who we are as people and artists.” The track was produced by Atlanta-based Kato, who produced cuts like “Rebirth” and “Lost Tribe” on SNRK’s previous release Trapline, and who is also noted for his work with Joyner Lucas and Tory Lanez. “Kato gave us the beat and we soared with it,” they say of the playful, stuttering beat. “He always comes through for us.”
The track arrives with an accompanying visual masterminded by Ben Knechtel, who was previously tapped by SNRK to bring "I Can't Remember My Name" to life. The duo reflect on their repeat collab: “It was great working with Ben and his team again. Director Travis Didluk really came through and we cultivated a nice little story (where we are) basement-dwelling scientists and we develop a real deadly substance that infects us with power and confidence. You’ll see by the end that it’s all for fun, and we wanted to show people that we don’t take ourselves too seriously."
Having spent much of 2019 on the road performing across the world, the Rez Kids wanted to capture that energy for the songs on Born Deadly. “A lot of the music we wrote for this EP was inspired by the energy we feel at our shows. The tracks are 'turn up' tracks and we intended for fans to not only hear them on record, but at our live shows too,” they explain. “‘Real Deadly’ is the first of many tracks that we can’t wait to adapt for live performance. Much in the way that our track ‘Boujee Natives’ celebrated indigenous fashion, style, culture, and identity, we want ‘Real Deadly’ to be a positive affirming song.”
In addition to dropping Born Deadly, Snotty Nose Rez Kids are about to embark on their first headlining U.S. tour—a 23-show run that runs in two sections between April and June—and will also perform at SXSW this year in March.