Location: Jonas 101
Description: Join us in the Center this Thursday for American Indian Studies for a talk with Supaman! Christian Parrish Takes the Gun
, known professionally as Supaman
is an Apsáalooke rapper and fancy dancer who was born in Seattle Washington and grew up in Crow Agency, Montana. The child of struggling alcoholics, he spent part of his childhood in foster care before being raised by his mother. He began DJing in the 90s after hearing a Litefoot song (with the two touring together in 1999), In the fourth grade, Christian began dancing at powwows. While in elementary school he began to write poetry and later began to rap. He related to rap music because he felt he was going through the same issues that most artists were rapping about. Taking the name 'Supaman' at the spur of the moment in a DJ competition. Supaman began rapping in a more original style until he had a spiritual encounter that told him to live a better lifestyle and rap about more meaningful and inspirational topics. In the spiritual encounter he had, Supaman said his creator " let [him] know [he] was to do everything on [his] own."
In 2003 he founded the Native American hip-hop group Rezawrecktion, whose first album (It's Time
) won a Native American Music Award in 2005. Since then, he has released four solo albums and received coverage and plaudits for the song Why?
(featuring Acosia Red Elk). In his hit track, Prayer Loop Song
, Supaman utilizes various instruments including the drum and the ute all while beatboxing, rapping, and remixing different Native tracks; His reasoning for the song and video was an audition tape for America's Got Talent.
Alongside rapping, he also tours schools, where he educates students about Native American history and culture. He performed live on MTV as part of a show featuring new artists. In 2013 his music and his fancy dancing skills were featured on a float for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. One thing Supaman is known for is performing his music while wearing his traditional fancy dance outfit. He started doing this by accident when he was forced to do his musical performance right after he had performed a fancy dance while at a show for a school. Supaman typically fuses spiritual concepts and ideas with his rap music. Supaman creates all of his albums by himself, doing everything from singing and writing the music to creating and designing the covers. Since releasing Gorilla
in 2013 he has been featured on different songs and is set to release “Illuminatives” which features songs available from his viral videos.