MTV Blog Picks Supaman, Crow Dancer and Rapper, as Artist of the Week
Chris Parrish, aka Supaman, is an Apsaalooke (Crow) Nation indie rapper with pow wow fancy dancing skills that have garnered him championships. On March 21, he was named Artist of the Week by MTV's Iggy blog, a site that touts the best new music. Parrish bested hundreds of others competing for the top spot, and MTV Iggy's Suzy Exposito wrote that, "We love the way this Crow Nation rapper stands up for his community and doesn’t miss a beat. He integrates the fly vibes of '90s New York City hip hop, with a grit that can only be grown in the Great Plains. Soar on, Supaman."
ICTMN.com caught up with him to congratulate him and get his thoughts on his victory before he was going to do a storytelling presentation at the Denver March Pow Wow.
How did you get involved with the MTV Iggy nominations?
I got an email from the lady who was one of the editors at MTV, and she said, "We heard your music and saw some of your videos, and we'd like to feature some of your music on our weekly blog." I was just like, "Yeah, sure!" And I sent them a couple of pictures and stuff like that, and that was an honor in itself. I think out of hundreds of entries, they only select like five or six artists to compete in the artist of the week. The other artist who came in second place, she was fairly well-known and pretty famous and all of her videos have like hundreds of thousands of reviews on youtube. And me, I'm still like really underground and my videos don't have nearly as much as hers! After I started sharing to people that I was featured in the MTV blog as Artist of the Week, it really showed me the Native power and support they have for other Natives doing positive. People I didn't even know would contact me through social media messaging me, "Hey, it's really awesome that a Native is in this position to win, and we listened to your music, and that's the right song to vote for!" That kind of support is awesome. I was hoping to get more media support, but it was mostly grass roots so it was really humbling.
How did you get veteran New Jersey rapper Chino XL to collaborate with you on the "Hunger Pains" song?
Out of all MC's, he's my favorite. His use of wordplay and punchlines is just...beyond! A lot of people don't know who he is, but out of people really into lyricism and structured rhymes of rap – the craft – they know who Chino XL is. So I just hit him up to do a feature, and he was like right away, "Yup, let's do this! I've collaborated with a few Natives, and I'm all about The People."
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