Snotty Nose Rez Kids Detail New Album 'Life After,' Share New Single

Hear "Wild Boy" with BC hip-hop artist Polo Brian now

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Aug 27, 2021

On the heels of their recent singles "Something Else" and "Uncle Rico," Snotty Nose Rez Kids have dropped another hot track and unveiled the details of their forthcoming album Life After — the Indigenous hip-hop duo's fourth full-length, incoming October 22. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has proved to be a difficult time for most of us, and Yung Trybez and Young D are no exception. The duo's landmark 2019 included releasing their third album, Trapline, and playing no fewer than 100 shows, alongside wracking up multiple award nominations and wins. It was tough to transition from its heavy activity into the stasis of 2020, which derailed their first headlining U.S. tour, stunted their EP release and losing their friend and DJ Kookum's brother Taran Kootenhayoo by suicide.

Amidst all of the trauma, Snotty Nose Rez Kids went for months without working on music. Eventually, they decided to set aside another concept album project that had been in the works for two years and just write about what they'd gone through over the last 18 months. The duo decided on the theme of Life After and are invigorated to get onto exactly that.

The new single from the resulting effort is "Wild Boy," which features fellow BC hip-hop artist Polo Brian.

Yung Trybez said of the collaboration:

One of our homies put us onto Polo Brian at our homie's memorial. We were sitting down, having a couple of drinks and talking hip-hop. Polo was brought into the conversation and his music was put on the system. It was hard to turn off — he's got a different sound. When D showed me what he'd come up with for "Wild Boy," I thought of Polo immediately.

Its title was inspired by the Kwakwaka'wakw Nation term Bukwus, which translates into "Wild Man of the Woods."

"The word kept coming to me, so I took it as a sign," Young D said of the track, noting that he and Yung Trybez had always wanted to write something inspired by the supernatural stories of their Haisla First Nation culture.

Hear "Wild Boy (ft. Polo Brian)" below.

Life After made Exclaim!'s! list of the 29 most anticipated Canadian albums of 2021. Young D and Yung Trybez also recently spoke about industry upheaval with a panel of Canadian artists.

Pre-order Life After.

Life After follows their 2019 album Trapline — which landed on Exclaim!'s list of the 10 best hip-hop albums that year —and the 2020 EP Born Deadly.

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