Christian Parrish Takes the Gun, who performs as Supaman, has been called one of the most influential indigenous hip hop artists worldwide. On this episode of Resounds, the Apsáalooke musician, poet, and dancer discusses his newest album, Medicine Bundle, and his excitement to return to live performance after a year being grounded due to COVID.
Supaman has been the recipient of the 2017 MTV VMA award for “Best Fight Against the System." He is also a Nammy “Native American Music Award” winner and a “North American Indigenous Image Award” winner. With millions of views on his YouTube and social media channels, the artist is in high demand and tours extensively throughout the U.S.A and internationally.
Takes the Gun started performing as Supaman nearly 20 years ago, and he's been touring for most of that time. In his music, Takes the Gun creates layered hip hop, building upon voice and Native drumming while incorporating his insightful, often humorous but biting lyrics informed by his life growing up on the reservation. Takes the Gun built his career on hip hop songs of hope and commentary on Native American issues within the tribe and across the country while incorporating "fancy dance" into his performances. His Apsáalooke name means Good Fortune on Mother Earth, and he’s a powerhouse of talents, from DJ to MC to producer, motivational speaker to comedian to flutist.
Supaman’s seventh album, Medicine Bundle, was released on May 21, a follow-up to his 2018 self-released, Illuminatives.