Vice and their newly launched TV channel Viceland have been hitting the road as of late documenting the every day life of artists from all over the country. From the Bompton series with Kendrick Lamar to Chicago to hang with Chief Keef, Vic Mensa and artists alike. Today Vice has teamed up with Apple Music to showcase a hidden pocket of talent from Minnesota. While most will think instantly of Minneapolis and their current streak of heat from artists like Allan Kingdom and Lizzo, Vice chose a different route and went North for “Reservation Rap,” a segment of their series The Score.
Following Native American artists Baby Shel, Tall Paul, Thomas X and Left Field from the Ojibwe tribe, this two part documentary takes you inside the tribe and shows the viewer what’s it’s like to live on the reservation. Surrounded by heavy drug use and violence, these young emcee’s have transferred their feelings and upbringing to the pen to craft hard hitting, transparent raps.
Relating to subject matter from Biggie tracks and feeling the pain in records from Tupac, these emcee’s are putting in work day in and day out to have their unique voice and story reach the entire country.
We had the pleasure to hear Baby Shel and Tall Paul spit bars last year during our live broadcast from Soundset Festival (see below). You can watch the trailer above and head HERE to watch both episodes via Apple Music.
Baby Shel blesses the mic at 4:50 of the first video and Tall Paul kicks his verse at 4:30 of the second video below. Baby Shel will also be performing at this year’s Soundset Festival which Sway and Heather B will be hosting.