MAKING MUSIC MAKing CHANGE
Rex Smallboy is a sober award winning politically and socially conscious indigenous rap artist, DJ, songwriter, music producer and mentor.
Originally from Maskwacis, Alberta (Hobbema) now based out of Vancouver, BC Rex’s heart hitting music is a message of hope, solidarity, strength and healing to the indigenous community.
Rex helped bring mainstream attention to indigenous issues as the leader of the famed rap group War Party for their groundbreaking song Feelin’ Reserved (remix) as the first native rap music video to air nationally on Much Music Canada and Rap City. (era 1995 – 2005)
From being featured in the Understandings of Globalization Canadian school textbooks to working with Chuck D from Public Enemy Rex Smallboy holds quite an extensive and influential music career.
Rex received international exposure when War Party was chosen as one of the acts to represent Canada to perform at the World Expo in Nagoya, Japan and for a performance at the Smithsonian Museum for the First Americans Festival.
Rex’s music has been featured in the films Adventures of Power, Dreamkeeper, Stryker and the television series Blackstone.
In 2009 Rex recorded his first solo project, (unreleased) his song I got Heart was later produced into a music video for the APTN program First Tracks. Rex also helped to produce the Reztore Pride album with the Southern Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative (SOADI) to prevent diabetes in First Nations communities.
In 2013 Rex was asked to return to the stage for a War Party reunion for the Aboriginal Day Live celebration on APTN.
In 2017 Rex did a feature with Plex titled Lost in the Cycle which made it to number 1 on the Indigenous Music Charts in the United States
In 2019 Rex began to work as a music mentor with Nwe Jinan and continues to inspire confidence and empower youth through his love and passion for music.