Canada’s first ever Indigenous Reggae artist (Est. 2008). Hailing from the Plains Cree First Nation & South American bloodlines, Yellowsky (Born Roberto Andres Pooyak) is arguably one of the most prominent, important Indigenous rappers rocking in Canada right now. His flow to massive, bottom end-heavy beats pay homage to the grimy city life of the most classic of hip-hop music while his elastic, malleable delivery harken to the traditions of both classic Jamaican deejaying and more modern MC styles. There’s a real rebellious nature that fuels Yellowsky’s music. “I was raised by residential school survivors – my late mother and all my aunties. That’s where I get my rebel side,” remarks Yellowsky on his rebellious nature. So far, he has opened up for Reggae and Hip Hop artists such as Mike Love, Tony Matterhorn, Beenie Man, Hopsin, Madchild, Machine Gun Kelly, Riff Raff and his cousin, Joey Stylez.
On December 13th, 2017, The Lion released his first official album MIXED MEDICINE, independantly under Stressed Street Entertainment, Taking It Global & Skunk Funk. Cementing his artistic debut in both music and graphic design, he has managed to gain attention throughout North America, parts of Europe and South America while developing a strong conscious towards political, social and religious views. He continues to write and produce his music since the age of 13 which blends together his diverse background and ideologies. Where a lot of positive hip-hop starts to lose some of its sharpness, Yellow is making positive music that still retains an exhilarating edge. He has played the Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival in BC last year and returns to perform again this June. He’s a regular at Saskatoon’s Reggae & World Music Festival, playing it numerous times since 2011 and there’s no end in sight.
This year, The Rebel of the Plains is featured on Joey Stylez’ April 2018 album “The Star Chief” on the song “Do’s And Don’ts” alongside actor and rising pop artist Carsen Gray. As well as on the haunting tune “The Flock” featuring Benz and Bird. All in preparation for a nationwide tour. EXL Entertainment & the Recording Arts Institute of Saskatoon also released the mini-documentary “Yellowsky: Rise Of A Rebel” on February 21st at the Roxy Theatre in his hometown and on YouTube. And that’s only just the start. There’s truly no telling what the future holds, but one thing is for sure: The Lion IS here. And it looks like he’s going to stay.
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December 2016 Interview with Indigenous Times: Indigenous Times: Q&A: It’s All One Love With Reggae Artist Yellowsky
February 2018 Reggae City: https://www.reggae-city.com/reggae-news/category/yellowsky
June 2018 Victoria Ska Reggae Festival: http://victoriaskafest.ca/artist/704840/view
Indigenous Music Awards 2018: https://www.indigenousmusicawards.com/nominees/view,profile/2746