A Tribe Called Red are a force to be reckoned with.
The Canadian hip-hop crew draw inspiration from their Indigenous heritage - Bear Witness, 2oolman, and DJ NDN are all members of the First Nations communities - but they continually look to the future, to the possibilities that lie ahead.
New album 'We Are The Halluci Nation' is an international, intra-continental blast of electronic futurism, backed by ferocious, socially conscious rhymes and some stellar guests.
A Tribe Called Red explain: "The Halluci Nation has no barriers, it sees no borders and their operatives are everywhere."
Deeply conceptual in tone, the new album aims outward, embracing new ideas, new allies in their quest. "For me, Halluci Nation means an inclusive mindset where people see that the way the system is currently set up is completely flawed and recognize we need progressive change," explains DJ NDN. "The message more than anything is about solidarity with like-minded people. Understanding oppression and how to collectively dismantle oppression. Believing in true equality and understanding that nobody is better than the other. Discussing true reconciliation and what that looks like."
Drawing on their Indigenous heritage, A Tribe Called Red seem to recognise the cultural and histories and exist underneath colonial states, tapping into ancient pathways to produce some extremely modern.
"We had a chance to work with other Indigenous people from across the world including Sweden with the Sami people, to Australia with the indigenous people there," says 2oolman.
A dense, complex work, 'We Are The Halluci Nation' is nonetheless completely visceral and totally immediate. Released on September 16th, you can check it out first below.