Hip-Hop Artist

Dallas has developed a unique singing and songwriting style, indigenous hip-hop'. He performs under the name Kray‹Z›Kree, inspired by the nickname his grandfather gave him as a boy.

In early 2007, Dallas will release his first solo Hip-Hop CD, titled "REZalationzzz...". One of the songs "Pow-Wow Trailz" was featured on Snag Records' compilation, "Rhymes From The 49 Vol. #1".

Dallas was a finalist in a National singing contest called Aboriginal Icon in Winnipeg, which featured Canada's best singers, songwriters, and performers.

The following is a quote from an article in the fall 2007 issue of Legacy Magazine, by Bill Rankin:

Dallas' style of rap is as original as his hoop dancing. He wants it to motivate positive change in Native youth, especially, not to imitate other cultural models that too often promote bad models of behavior and values.

"A lot of rap today is negative. A lot of young Native people want to be rappers like 50 Cent and Eminem. But that's not who we are as Native people. The true meaning of hip hop was to represent your culture. I always thought our people were misrepresenting themselves in the hip hop area."

One of his tunes, "The Message," comes out of his personal experience walking the streets of Edmonton as a wayward youth. "I grew up in the rough parts of Edmonton. I saw Native people on the streets. They were always stereotyped as being drunks, 'stealing Indians', 'bad Indians', 'wagon burners', and I wasn't that. I wanted people to know that. Also in my life, there was a lack of role models, so I wrote this song called The Message. It's a message to all those people who are lost."

Find out more about Kray‹Z›Kree.

Red Road Tour 2007

In 2007, Kray‹Z›Kree will venture out into various Aboriginal communities across Canada to do interactive workshops with the youth and community members, as well as a high energy two hour performance themed with Aboriginal fusion music and dance.

In our performances and workshops, Kray‹Z›Kree aims to empower the youth and community to be connected with their culture and to be proud of their heritage.

The Red Road Tour is a collaboration of Aboriginal Contemporary and Traditional Entertainment, ranging from live musical performances with acoustic instruments to traditional and contemporary dance styles.

Find out more about the Red Road Tour.

 

 

 

 

"...in my life, there was a lack of role models, so I wrote this song called The Message. It's a message to all those people who are lost."