War Party (band)

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War Party
Origin Hobbema, Alberta, Canada
Genres Canadian hip hop
First Nations music
Years active 1995 — 2004
Associated acts RezOfficial
Big Slim
Members Rex Smallboy
Big Stomp

War Party is an award-winning Cree hip-hop group from Hobbema, Alberta.[1] Its members are Rex Smallboy, his wife Cynthia, Karmen Omeosoo and Tom Crier.[2] The band's music combines rap rhythms with aboriginal themes and stories.[3]


War Party was founded in 1995 by Rex Smallboy and three friends.[4] The group won the Canadian Aboriginal Music Award for Best Rap Album in 2001, and was nominated again in 2002 and 2003.[5][6] As well, they were the first First Nations rap group to have a music video aired on Much Music.

War Party performed and recorded together for twelve years.[7] The group then disbanded; Hellnback and Big Stomp of the group went on to form RezOfficial.

In popular culture[edit]

The band's song "This Land Was Ours" is featured in Ari Gold's 2008 film Adventures of Power.


  1. ^ "So You Wanna Be a Rap Superstar?". Memewar Magazine, Issue 8, page 68. by Thor Polukoshko
  2. ^ "Aboriginal youth turning to hip hop". Brandon Sun, via Newspaper Archives. November 27, 2002 - Page 7
  3. ^ "Rap goes native". Medicine Hat News, via Newspaper Archives May 09, 1997 - Page 3
  4. ^ "Hip Hop to the Bop Rez Style". The Nation, August 24, 2001 • By Brian Brousseau
  5. ^ "Indigenous trailblazers who helped shape the Canadian music scene". Canadian Beats, By B Hartling on July 1, 2017
  6. ^ "Aboriginal Music Awards launch festival". Medicine Hat News, via Newspaper Archives. November 30, 2002 - Page 19
  7. ^ John W. Troutman (14 June 2013). Indian Blues: American Indians and the Politics of Music, 1879–1934. University of Oklahoma Press. pp. 253–. ISBN 978-0-8061-5002-4.