You can catch parts one and two of “Reservation Rap” on Apple Music.
By Sameer Rao
Colorlines, March 29, 2016 —
Check out the trailer at www.vice.com/video/reservation-rap (Warning: strong language).
“Everybody’s living the same struggles. Especially being Native American, it’s the struggle of being heard. That’s hip-hop, man. Hip-hop is struggle.”
That’s Baby Shel, one of several Native rappers featured in VICE and Apple Music’s new short two-part documentary “Reservation Rap.” The doc, which focuses on rappers from the Ojibwe tribe in Minnesota, is the first episode in VICE and Apple Music’s new collaborative music-focused series, “The Score.”
The MCs talk about making music relevant to their communities; why rap is important to Native youth growing up in the legacy of American imperialism, which includes crushing poverty, police harassment, and substance and mental health issues; and the rappers’ goal of uplifting their people through music.
For those with Apple Music subscriptions, you can watch “Reservation Rap” on iTunes.