The Bar Loves Supaman

In southeast Montana, thousands of miles from the birthplace of hip-hop, a man with the given name Christian Parrish Takes the Gun has been rapping to young people on the Crow Nation reservation. He calls himself Supaman, and he's been merging inner-city music with more local concerns for more than a dozen years.

"Native Americans grasp that culture of hip-hop because of the struggle," he says. "Hip-hop was talking about the ghetto life, poverty, crime, drugs, alcohol, teen pregnancy; all that crazy stuff that happens in the ghetto is similar to the reservation life. We can relate to that."

Supaman says he saw that crazy stuff as a kid. He says his parents were alcoholics and he spent lots of time in foster care before moving in with his grandfather. And for as long as he can remember hip-hop was playing in the background, like a soundtrack. When he was 24, Supaman decided it was time to make his own music.


  1. I watched Prayer Loop Song the other day. Very impressed.

  2. I love his sense of humor. And I'm gonna have to do a profile on Emcee One next because they've both seriously survived some shit.

  3. These days rappers don't have a definitive message behind their lyrics, but Supaman seems to get it. I'm glad that he relates ghetto life to that of some NA reservations. If only he would have came out in the early 80's.This is what good true rap is all about.


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