A Tribe Called Red has released a video for “The Virus” from their critically acclaimed third album We Are The Halluci Nation via Pirates Blend.
The latest single from the Ottawa, Ontario-based outfit features activist/poet/rapper, Saul Willams, and First Nations drum group, Chippewa Travellers. The video video was directed by Tunkasila, written by Sol Guy, Ezra Miller, and Tribe’s own Bear Witness.
“When the first question arose it took the form of a virus,” said Williams in a release.
“The virus was a hallucinogen. Walking on water wasn’t built in a day. If plagiarism is a thing what do you call it on land? What does it mean to be true to your word? What does it mean to stand your ground? What does it mean to protect and serve? What does it mean when corporate interests encroach upon communal resources? What does it mean when we let the oligarchs of industry dig up the graves of First Nations to suck the blood beneath the bones and boil the profits in contaminated water?
“We are the seventh generation. We are the protectors of this land, the protectors of water. We are not a conquered people. We will issue no warning. It will come thinly veiled or not veiled at all. The drum will beat. And you will hear it. There is no question.”
We Are The Halluci Nation was released on September 16 and features appearances from Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def), Saul Williams, Tanya Tagaq, Shad, Lido Pimienta, Leonard Sumner, John Trudell, Northern Voice, The Chippewa Travellers, and more.