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Tying tradition to today: Red Lake hip-hop artist's new song involves local youth


August 24, 2020

Red Lake hip-hop artist Thomas X stands in front of a Red Lake Boys and Girls club mural in a screenshot from his new music video for his song, "I'm Anishinaabe." (Submitted photo)

RED LAKE -- Some Red Lake Boys and Girls Club youth who had been working on traditional dances for now-canceled powwows were recently given a unique opportunity to show off their skills.

Red Lake hip-hop artist Thomas Barrett, who goes by the stage name Thomas X, gave the 9 to 14-year-old's a virtual stage in his new music video. "All of these kids would take any opportunity to get in their regalia," he said.

His recently released song, "I'm Anishinaabe," blends contemporary powwow singing with modern hip-hop and lyrics about Ojibwe culture.


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