Riding high on their debut album For Women By Women, this hip hop duo offers occasionally frank, almost always empowering messages of survival and triumph as Indigenous women in a genre — and world — that often doesn’t hear these voices. Eekwol, a scene veteran boasting a discography dating back over a decade, has been steeped in Prairie Cree music since her youth, translating that passion into a long career. Tara Campbell, aka T-Rhyme, grew up in Northern Saskatchewan, far removed from the urban centres that were home to the decidedly old school hip hop she now embraces. Both women strike revolutionary stances, aiming to motivate and mobilize the next generation of Indigenous artists, especially young women, with their realistic, pull-no-punches lyrics, and through continuing to build bridges within the burgeoning Indigenous hip hop scene, collaborating with festival alumni A Tribe Called Red, among many others.
Biography by Derek McEwen