Snotty Nose Rez Kids – the Polaris Prize shortlisted and JUNO Award nominated indigenous hip-hop duo of Young D and Yung Trybez – are thrilled to share their new LP, I’M GOOD, HBU?. The group recently released the single “DAMN RIGHT,” which was featured on Passion of the Weiss who wrote “It’s turning out to be a pretty good year for the Snotty Nose Rez Kids… Riding a wave of critical success and exceedingly larger award recognition, the two are starting to come into their own.”
Continuing their campaign of confidence coming out of the pandemic, with over 80 shows under their belt for 2022, and in celebration of the album’s release, Snotty Nose Rez Kids will be taking over The Purgatory in Brooklyn, NY on December 7th and on December 10th, in Toronto, ON at Velvet Underground.
The vision for I’M GOOD, HBU? was born out of a significant change in the mental well-being of Yung Trybez and Young D. After releasing the album Life After in 2021, this year saw a huge shift in productivity. They were able to tour throughout North America, completing the dates that had originally been planned for 2020.
The collection of tracks on the new album spawned from a few recording sessions in May 2022, in between legs of their tour. Energized from the momentum, they were riding off the high off a JUNO nomination and performing at the award ceremony in Toronto, winning ‘Album of the Year’ at the Indie Awards, being short-listed for the Polaris Music Prize, and receiving three wins at the Western Canadian Music Awards.
I’M GOOD, HBU? is about Trybez and D letting their fans know that, despite the darkness that they dove into to heal from the past two years of Life After, they’re good. They’ve weathered the storm. The “HBU?” part of the album title is SNRK checking in on their fans. Even though they’ve made it through darker times and come out with an incredible year, they want to know how the fans are doing and to check in on them as well.
The album touches on subjects like climate change issues and the state of activism, showing respect for the planet, navigating the music industry with no co-signs, no massive financial support, no label to this point, and being proud of their achievements, building their own squad of Indigenous creatives and bringing the youth up with them. The skits bookending the album poke fun at many interviews the guys have participated in where the interviewer has done no research on the band and fumbles through talking with them about their band name and Indigenous issues.