DOWNLOAD: Angel Haze's New Mixtape, "Back to the Woods", is Next Level Amazing


No more waiting. The new Angel Haze project, Back to the Woods, is here.

Get it for free. Until midnight. Right now.

This "accidental masterpiece" is already blowing our minds. Angel Haze is elevating their game to a stratospheric level.

Following a string of increasingly dope releases, from Reservation and Classick to Haze's killer debut studio album, Dirty Gold, in 2013, Back to the Woods arrives at a time of tremendous emotional upheaval in their life, but one that inspired incredible development in haze's personal growth and creative expression.

In an interview with Billboard, Haze talks about what they're hoping listeners will take away from the project:

I listen to this record and I hear an exponential amount of growth. Not just as a person, but as an artist. I don't really know what people will take away from it, because I think interpretation is up to everybody. I just hope in some way, shape or form, they understand that I am who I am. I am just trying to feel my way through life. I'm not trying to take a form. I'm not trying to change any minds. I'm just expressing myself, and if you feel it, you feel it. If you don't, then they motherf—king don't, and that's just it.

Back to the Woods is a bombastic assault that rolls out over 11 tracks of Tk Kayembe-produced firepower. Rugged, raw, badass, and overflowing with strength and purpose—Angel Haze is taking rap out of this world and into the beyond.

Check the Back to the Woods album release party September 14th at Baby's Alright in Brooklyn, New York. The album is  available worldwide on iTunes, Spotify, and other music retailers.

DOWNLOAD: Angel Haze - Back to the Woods


Angel Haze Destroys Everyone in the Rap Game on "Babe Ruthless"


Shapeshifter and ever-hype emcee Angel Haze is taking no prisoners on her new track, "Babe Ruthless".

Ruthless is the word here. Raw, rugged, renegade rap monster Angel Haze annihilates all competition on the track—transforming into her Machiavellian alter ego and proceeding to kick some of the illest successions of syllables she's ever released.

If this is any indication of where her forthcoming Back to the Woods mixtape (due September 14th) is headed, the rest of the hip-hop world is right to be protecting their necks.

The Tsalagi MC is out for more than just revenge. She wants it all.

You've been warned.

STREAM: Angel Haze - "Babe Ruthless"

DOWNLOAD: Wake Self's "Different", featuring Equipto, Miles Bonny, and Raashan Ahmad


Wake Self returns with the killer posse cut, "Different".

Aztec/Apache/Cherokee hip-hop artist, Wake Self, has been holding it down for a minute, and we'll be the first to admit that we've been sleeping on this incredibly talented MC.

But that's all done now. We're officially on board.

Following a dope freestyle flip of Drake's "0 to 100" instrumental a few months back, the Albuquerque-based MC jumps back into action with his latest joint, "Different", a dynamic posse cut featuring Bay Area MC Equipto, Miles Bonny, and Oakland’s Crown City Rocker Raashan Ahmad.

Wake Self's voice is instantly recognizable and his flow is undeniable, plus he's thoughtful, clever, and intelligent. Over a head-nodding beat produced by MaulSkull, Wake Self and his comrades spit some serious bars about keeping it true to self, embracing your uniqueness, and the need to actively uncage your imagination.

If knowledge of self is one of hip-hop's foundational elements, it's also an essential part of the struggle for decolonization and self-liberation.

So let these talented MCs take you on a trip to the forefront of the Indigenous hip-hop movement. They're chasing a dream bigger than fame and money, and that's the path to self-love and acceptance—a more powerful form of wealth than any material gain could give.

Like the chorus tells it: "you might be different / but that don't make no difference / just do what you gotta do".


DOWNLOAD: Wake Self - "Different" feat. Equipto, Miles Bonny, and Raashan Ahmad


Wake Self's latest album, Good Things Happen to Those Who Wake, is available now at His new album, Malala, is set to be released this summer.

STREAM: Angel Haze - "GXMES"


Tsalagi/Cherokee artist Angel Haze releases her second new single, "GXMES", from her upcoming 3-track EP, In the Winter of Wet Years.

Opting for a hypnotic sung vocal line on this blazing new banger, Angel Haze sets the internet afire once again with her latest Troy NoKa-produced collaboration.

But don't let the 'baby I know' hook fool you. After a few rounds of melodic teasing, Haze drops into her trademark impassioned lyricism part way into the track—and proceeds to call out her competition and gleefully boast about how well rested she is after taking a year off, and how she's "best in the game / they best put me in Guinness".

Following her "CANDLXS" drop earlier this month, Angel Haze is definitely back—and stronger than ever. Watch out, haters. No telling what, or who's, next.

STREAM: ANGEL HAZE - "GXMES" here. Or you can try to grab it from SoundCloud, but it wasn't working for us.

#Gxmes just got this, crazy track @angxlhxze

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New Music: Angel Haze - "CANDLXS"


Cherokee/Tsalagi MC and singer, Angel Haze, returns with the anthemic new single, "CANDLXS".

If you're following Angel Haze on Twitter and Instagram, you know she's been teasing fans with the promise of new music for the past few weeks.

Last night she dropped the first taste of what she's been working on: the Troy Nōka-produced burner, "CANDLXS".

The tune kicks off with a quick showcase of her rap skills and verbal dexterity, before dropping into an electric guitar and Indian flute-sampling hypnotic rhythm over which Haze sings out a plaintive call to her lover to the let the candles burn slow.

If this is where the follow up to Dirty Gold (which made our Best Indigenous Music of 2014) is headed, we can't wait to hear what's next.

UPDATE: Haze dropped the forthcoming album's title on Twitter this morning. The new record will be called, "TFABN - the flowers are blooming now".


STREAM: Angel Haze - "CANDLXS"

The 15 Best Indigenous Music Videos of 2014


Indigenous artists continued their takeover of popular culture in 2014. Here are the best Indigenous music videos of the year.

First things first, if you missed our epic selections of the Best Indigenous Music of 2014, you should go read and listen to what we picked. Also check out the Most Slept-On Indigenous Album of the year.

And as though our top albums, EPs, singles and our Best of 2014 Remixtape weren't enough to satiate your hunger for Native artistry, we've also compiled our favourite Indigenous music videos of 2014.

There were many amazing, cinema-sonic moments put on tape this year, but these were the videos that made the deepest, most engaging, and even funniest, impressions on us.

15. Jayli Wolf - "I Don't Remember"

Part of the fifth season of APTN's First Tracks, this is a sibylline dreamscape for a haunting and deceptively simple song by Jayli Wolf  (Métis). Directed by Michelle Latimer, we love getting lost in the video's black and white layering of starry, underwater, earthy and mesmerizing images.

14. Scatter Their Own- "Taste the Time"

"We are only as clean as our water" says Oglala Lakota duo Scatter Their Own. Want to know why Indigenous people are rising up against pipelines through our territories? This is why. An ominous and of things to come. That is, unless we change course.

13. Princess Nokia - "Nokia"

Cyber-supernatural 90s vibes abound in this neon and glittery ode to anime, BFFs, Nickelodeon, robotic dogs, and Nokia ringtones, among assorted other shimmering oddities. Flashbackward to bedazzled future beats in this trippy slice of this Taino Princess' world. You'll be hypnotized just like we were.

12. Mic Jordan - "Modern Day Warrior (ft. Real Truth)"

Youthful, exuberant, dedicated to the struggle and dropping hip-hop gems, up-and-comer Mic Jordan holds it down rapping directly about what it means to thrive and survive as a modern day warrior for his people, the Turtle Mountain Chippewa. Now that's what's up. This clip comes from Jordan's slept on album, Sometime After 83, which he dropped earlier this year (and which you should go download for free right now). The struggle lives and breathes in the artistry of talented Native MCs like Mic Jordan. "And damn right / I was built to fight". Tell it!

11. Kinnie Starr ft. Ja$E El Niño - "Save Our Waters"

Mohawk artist Kinnie Starr's not one to be shy in speaking her mind and this ode to protecting coastal waters from intrusive pipeline development finds a perfect counterpart in this collab with Haidawood—a stop motion animation video that works perfectly for the track that CBC called "part indictment, part wake-up call". We are in need of both at this point, and this is a creative and playful way to get the message out. Now let it compel action.

10. Drezus - "Warpath"

Although we're not exactly sold on's framing of Indigenous hip-hop as "the most authentic rap we have today" (what is authentic? who is we?), we get what they were trying to say. No one else is bringing together raw talent, creativity and firepower like Native artists. Plains Cree/Saulteaux artist Drezus doesn't mix words or mess around and on this Stuey Kubrick-directed clip, he reps for the people—painted up, fire burning, singers around the drum, wild horses running slow mo, and surrounded by his fam and relations. That's power. Watch it all the way to the end for a special appearance by Beau Dick, master carver and hereditary chief of the Namgis First Nation, making that west coast warrior connect.

9. Angel Haze - "A Tribe Called Red"

Two of our favourite artists joined forces this year and the results exceeded our expectations. Although a lyric video for this tune was released a while back, this official video for Cherokee singer/MC Angel Haze's collab with A Tribe Called Red brings that ultra-crisp, black and white, leather-clad, dialed aesthetic we were hoping for. You want some more? Good luck competing with Angel Haze's "deity swag and omnipotent style".

8. Radical Son - "Human Behaviour"

When minimalism works, it really works. Keeping with that vibe, Kamilaroi artist Radical Son's video for his soulful tune "Human Behaviour" works with opaque spaces, blending deep, dark blacks and fading whites and greys, and using its stripped down visual spectrum to pull the gravity of the song's deep reggae groove out from the depths. Dope.

7. Sacramento Knoxx ft. DJ Dez - "The Trees Will Grow Again"

Community organizer, activist, MC, hip-hop producer and micro-documentary maker, Anishinaabe/Xicano artist Sacramento Knoxx is a man of many talents. This joint brings it all together with a dope visual delivery of rugged anti-imperialist politics, BDS empowerment, and raw hip-hop talent. That, plus the proceeds of the track go to benefiting youth and community. Knoxx is elevating the game and bringing power back to the people. The RaizUp is right. Represent.

6. Cree Nation Artists (Chisasibi Community) - "I Believe"

Ok, this one is pretty amazing. Hip-hop artist/producer and educator David Hodges has been working with the Cree Nation Government on a community-based music project called "N'we Jinan". Travelling throughout Cree communities in Quebec, Hodges set up a mobile studio, created music with youth and, in the process, produced a 19-song album that just went to Number 1 on iTunes in Canada. "I Believe" is the first single from the album—and it's an inspiring showcase of rising youth talent and empowerment. Raise it up for the next generation celebrating "culture, language and love". These are the voices we'll be listening for.

5. Greg Grey Cloud Storms the U.S. Senate with Honor Song After Keystone XL Vote

When the U.S. Senate votes to reject the Keystone XL pipeline by one vote, ONE VOTE, what else are you going to do but sing an honour song until they kick you out of there? Well, that's exactly what Crow Creek Sioux member Greg Grey Cloud did. You want to restore order Elizabeth Warren? Join Greg in "honouring the leaders who stood up for the people". Respect!

4. A Tribe Called Red - "Sisters (ft. Northern Voice)"

It's hard not to get behind a video that features a song we love, made by a crew the entire Native community loves, featuring Natives we recognize, and basically depicting exactly how it feels to get down to Mohawk/Cayuga/Anishinaabe crew A Tribe Called Red's music. Of course it's a party. Of course we're dancing in our bedrooms, in the convenience store, at the club, and in the car. Oh and course we have fireworks, colour smoke bomb things, and a Mohawk Warrior flag flying as we roll down a winter highway with the sunroof rolled back, the windows rolled down, and ATCR on blast in the system. You know we're all headed to the same Electric Powwow night anyways. See you on the dancefloor, relations.

3. Supaman - "Prayer Loop Song" 

Just another day in the life of your average beatboxing, freestyling, regalia wearing, powwow and b-boy fancy dancing, flute playing, drum beating, record scratching, loop-making, Crow Nation hip-hop SUPAMAN. They don't call him that for nothing, you know. Mad mad skills. Watch and learn.

2. Rebel Music - "Native America"

When we found out Rebel Music were debuting their Season 2 premiere, "Native America", as a Facebook-only video stream, we were all "Really guys? Facebook only?". But then we remembered how much NDNs lovvvvvvve Facebook—and how amazing the "Native America" episode is—and we realized this was actually a pretty brilliant strategy. The episode became a rallying cry for Native people across Turtle Island: it was viewed more than 2 million times in its first week (at last count it was approaching 4.5 Million views and still climbing). Needless to say, many tears of joy and shouts of Native Pride were shared (check the FB comments) as we watched ourselves and our community being represented for how we really are: vibrant, creative, alive and thriving in the midst of all the insanity! So special shout outs to Frank Waln, Inez Jasper, Nataanii Means and Mike Cliff for representing their nations—and all of our people—in a good way. Rebel Music: Native America reminded us that everyday is a great day to be Indigenous.

1. 1491s - "Cherokee"

There's no way this wasn't making the cut. Let's face it. With what we're up against, collectively, we all need more humour in our lives. And, according to the Dine/Dakota/Osage/Seminole/Creek comedy crew the 1491s, we all need more Europe in our lives too. The band, that is, not the continent. The 1491s have made a lot of amazing videos over the years, but this one is such an incredible parody of the 1986 hit, there's just no way the original can compete anymore. And that's saying something, because have you seen the original?? All we can say is MOAR. More of this please. More Turdle Island, more NAMMY GOLD, more HBC blanket antics, more decolonizing Europe, and more of whatever the hell Ryan Red Corn is doing. A newly indigenized modern hair metal classic. Aho!

Listen to Bastille's "Weapon" (vs. Angel Haze vs. F*U*G*Z vs. Braque)


Cherokee hip-hop artist Angel Haze spits pure fire over Bastille's massive tune, "Weapon" (vs. F*U*G*Z vs. Braque).

There is a strong roster of rapid fire, hypertalented female MCs currently vying for centre stage in the crowded space of contemporary music—among them, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj, and Nitty Scott—but none spits flames with the pure firepower of Angel Haze.

Haze snarls, roars and generally destroys this huge remix of Bastille's "Weapon" with her signature brand of polymath vocab and inimitable lyrical delivery.

If this is a taste of where she's headed, Angel Haze is proving in dextrous form that her voice is, with question, a weapon.


Listen to Bastille - "Weapon" (vs. Angel Haze vs. F*U*G*Z vs. Braque)


"Weapon" will be released as part of Bastille's VS. (Other People's Heartache, Pt. III) remix record, due out in December 2014.

Angel Haze Reveals 'Dirty Gold' Details: Debut Album Featuring A Tribe Called Red


Cherokee MC, spitfire rap sensation, and rising hip-hop star, Angel Haze, has revealed details about her upcoming debut album, Dirty Gold, that will feature her collaboration with Indigenous DJ/production crew A Tribe Called Red.  

The 12-track album, Dirty Gold, drops March 3 on Island Records and is set to include her massive track "A Tribe Called Red"—the banging ATCR collab that we recently featured in  The #NationHood Mixtape.

Now the track has a full album version, new artwork, and a brand new lyric video that you can check below.

Get it in the flow and submit to the blazing fury of Angel Haze.

Full Dirty Gold Track list after the video.

Angel Haze - Dirty Gold Track list

1. "Sing About Me"

2. "Echelon (It's My Way)"

3. "A Tribe Called Red"

4. "Deep Sea Diver"

5. "Synagogue"

6. "Angel + Airwaves"

7. "April's Fools"

8. "White Lillies / White Lies"

9. "Battle Cry"

10. "Black Dahlia"

11. "Planes Fly"

12. "Dirty Gold"

Read more at Spin: Angel Haze Finally Reveals 'Dirty Gold' Album Release With 'A Tribe Called Red' 

DOWNLOAD: Honey Dawn Karima - "Beautiful Warriors"


Dr. Honey Dawn Karima  is a prolific Creek/Cherokee recording artist, novelist, poet, fiction writer, journalist, filmmaker, playwright and radio host - ie an artist and creator regardless of the medium. Check out this track Beautiful Warriors, featuring Cloudwalker.

Honey Dawn Karima's achievements in her many pursuits are remarkable. Among them is her music and her latest album The Desire of Nations which features a mix of her unwavering, serene and pitch perfect vocas soaring over beats with rhymes from numerous guest hip-hop, alternative and dance artists. Through her music, Honey aims to honour her culture, language and traditions, while also inspiring dance, reflection and joy.

DOWNLOAD: Honey Dawn Karima - "Beautiful Warriors"

DOWNLOAD: Sayani - "Sayani"


Mother Jorie and daughter Christie West make up the duo Sayani (meaning Zion). Together, their heartfelt and spiritual music shares their family stories of the past and present.

NAMMY winners in 2010 for Best Gospel/Inspirational Album, they are Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Irish and English and their work reflects their cultural blend, with a strong traditional Native influence. That blend is featured in this track with both the hand drum and sampled percussion under their rich, building and beautiful vocal harmonies. Close your eyes and listen.

DOWNLOAD: Sayani - "Sayani"

New Indigenous Music Releases - March 2012


There's new music being made every moment, and here are the three newest releases from Indigenous artists for the month of March!

The debut full-length album from A Tribe Called Red has been long awaited and much anticipated to say the least. Released this week as a free download, the purveyors of "pow wow step" flex their creativity through the diverse musical landscapes of hip-hop, dancehall, moombahton and electronic styles. If you don't have it already, get their self-titled album here:


This month saw another debut from newcomer Ali Baby - who RPM profiled last month in DJ DoezIt and Ali Baby: Native Rap in High School Hallways. As Mixed Breed, Ali Baby with Chino, Annalex and Lil Shugz, have released The Beginning a mix of rap, r&b, hip-hop, rock and country. It is also a free download! Go get it here:

Last but not least, a very exciting release from Delmore Recordings is a recently unearthed recording by Karen Dalton. 1966  features Karen solo on banjo and guitar, plus four duets with Richard Tucker. The recordings are intimate, unfiltered and stirring. You can get 1966 digitally, on CD or vinyl at

Listen to Reason to Believe, by Karen Dalton from 1966:

Oklahoma Siren Karen Dalton


Greenwich Village's little known Cherokee folk singer the late Karen Dalton brought a soulful honesty from Enid, Oklahoma.

Well known to those apart of the Greenwich Village folk scene in the 60's, Karen Dalton was an inspiration to many musicians at that time. Bob Dylan states in his autobiography that after arriving in New York in 1961 " My favorite singer in the place was Karen Dalton. Karen had a voice like Billie Holiday and played guitar like Jimmy Reed... I sang with her a couple of times" Although she was never broadly well known, probably due to her aversion to recording and that she often chose to cover songs, her aching, blues-soaked, and tender voice affected many of those that had the opportunity to see her live.

Dalton was born Karen J.Cariker in Enid Oklahoma on July 19, 1937. Her Cherokee mother, Evelyn, used to sleep on a brass bed in the backyard. In the early 60's she took her 12 string guitar and banjo, left her husband behind, and moved to Greenwich Village, New York where she began playing at small live venues. Lacy J Dalton (who took Karen's last name as a tribute) rented Dalton and her boyfriend a room. Lacy learned from Dalton to soften her voice and to speak her lyrics. She remembers Dalton as having "a certain gentle warmth, in her best moments, a sort of cleanness that you don't see often in this world. She was a wonderful cook, and she could make anything grow. She was magical."

Although very talented, Karen Dalton battled heavy drink and drug use. After separating from her husband, she eventually became estranged from her children and dealt with her pain by self medicating. Like so many artistic spirits she had a heightened sensitivity to what was happening in the world and chose to live whim by whim and would often disappear with no notice.


“Karen’s mother was full Cherokee, and told her that if your vibrations were right, plants would grow into your room, as Karen had grown onto the Village folk scene. She had the Beat spirit as well, the existential angst which felt life was dark, perpetually in pain, and that was how you became your art, if you were a real artist." - Lenny Kaye of the the Patti Smith Group

Nik Venet recorded all of Dalton's first album Its So Hard to Tell Who's Going to Love You The Best (Capitol, 1969) in one session and many of the tracks were done in one take. Her second album In My Own Time (Just Sunshine Records, 1971) was a combination of traditional folk tunes, blues, covers of soul hits and tracks by singer-songwriters. In My Own Time was recorded at Bearsville Studio near Woodstock in upstate New York. Apparently in preparation to record, Dalton returned to Oklahoma to fetch her two teenage children, her dog and her horse in order to feel at ease.

Despite the stellar musical support lent to her by producer Harvey Brooks and all of the musicians featured on the album, it flopped commercially and nobody offered to front the money for another. Dalton drifted farther out of the music scene and deeper into her self destructive tendencies. By the early 90's she was living on the streets of New York, after an unsuccessful stint at rehab she passed away from AIDS and drug use complications in 1993. She spent the last few months of her life in the care of guitarist Peter Walker in upstate New York.

Keep an ear out for a tribute featuring a track sung by Samantha Crain. Her albums are available on Light in the Attic Records.

Here is Something On Your Mind off of In My Own Time by Karen Dalton: