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March 27, 2014

Apsáalooke Hip Hop Artist Takes the Gun & Makes Rad Music.

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Christian Parrish Takes the Gun is from the Crow Nation Reservation outside of Billings, MT—not far from where I live.

He raps in his native language. He goes by the name SupaMan.

In a PolicyMic interview with SupaMan, he talks about being able to relate to things that hip hop artists and rappers talk about in their work: Poverty, drinking, drugs, crime. He bridges the gap between hip hop’s ghetto life and his own reservation life by explaining the parallels between the two; his work draws upon his indigenous beliefs and hip hop influences. He’s been interviewed by NPR and named MTV’s Artist of the Week.

Not bad, considering that he hails from the middle-of-nowhere, MT.

To me, it seems like Christian Parrish Takes the Gun has harnessed a great way to keep a culture alive—in a positive way that is really fun to listen to.

Listen to Christian Parrish Takes the Gun:

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Jenna Penielle Lyons was born in Portales, New Mexico among sage and sand. Raised in Pocatello, Idaho among the black rock and juniper, she grew up wandering in cowboy boots, running, riding bikes, skiing, climbing, painting, and studying classical ballet. She is a scholar of English Literature, a poet, painter, photographer, musician, and outdoorswoman. She winters in Missoula and spends the summer working for Snake River Hotshots. She is a lover of mountain bluebirds & elephants, tea & good coffee, Carl Jung, Salvador Dali, skiing, climbing in the desert, yoga, harp music, and sagebrush. Her favorite foods are borscht and any combination of chocolate and cayenne pepper. Check out her work and follow her adventures at her website.