First Listen Fridays: Skyler
A big reason we launched First Listen Fridays was to share new music from Canada’s next wave of Indigenous artists. An even bigger reason was to share their stories.
This week, we introduce you to Skyler, an Ojibwe-German rapper from Sandy Bay, Manitoba. After his parents passed away, he bounced around in foster homes before settling in Canada at the age of 16. As he dealt with the culture shock and learned about the history of residential schools, hip hop became more than just music – it became a source of healing. At only 19, he already has four mixtapes under his belt and just dropped a new album featuring fellow Winnipegger Arrow-C.
On Episode 11 of First Listen Fridays, Skyler and Arrow-C talk about working with Grammy-nominated producer Fresh IE, how they got into hip hop and more. You’ll also hear the exclusive debut of their bangin’ new track, House of Pain. Enjoy!