A Tribe Called Red, Electronic DJ Collective
Bio by Matt Collar of allmusic.com
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Canada’s A Tribe Called Red are an acclaimed electronic DJ collective known for their genre-bending mix of hip-hop, reggae, dubstep and First Nations musical traditions. Formed in 2007, A Tribe Called Red showcases the talents of DJs Ian “DJ NDN” Campeau of the Nipissing First Nation, Bear Witness of the Cayuga First Nation, and Tim “2oolman” Hill, Mohawk, of the Six Nations of the Grand River (who replaced Dan “DJ Shub” General, Mohawk, of the Six Nations of the Grand River in 2014).
After recording several EPs, the group officially debuted in 2012 with their full-length self-titled album, which found the trio longlisted for the Polaris Music Prize. Their sophomore effort, 2013’s Nation II Nation, also made it onto the Polaris shortlist, finishing in the final ten. That same year, A Tribe Called Red took home Best Group and Best Album at the Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards. The following year, they garnered even more attention after taking home the Juno Award for Breakthrough Album of the Year. In 2016, A Tribe Called Red returned with their third full-length album, We Are the Halluci Nation, featuring guest appearances from rapper Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), indigenous Canadian drum group Black Bear, Australia’s OKA, and others.