VICE's new docuseries explores Native hip-hop in Minnesota

Thomas X and Baby Shel

Thomas X and Baby Shel

As rapper Baby Shel mentioned in our recent profile, VICE Media has been shooting a documentary on the burgeoning hip-hop scene on Minnesota Indian reservations for its new docuseries "The Score."

Released Wednesday through Apple Music, the inaugural episode of the series gives some background on the despairing state of life on the Red Lake Reservation and how hip-hop helps the 2015 Are You Local? winner and his crew at Rez Rap Records uplift their people. The episode clocks in at 18 minutes, and you can watch a trailer for it below.

"I just wanna be the voice for the voiceless," Shel told City Pages in January. "Coming from where I'm from, none of my people had chances with something like that. If they see me doing it, maybe I can spark something on my rez."

Minneapolis-based Native rapper Tall Paul is also featured in the episode, but Shel and his Red Lake representatives are the focus of the first edition in the six-part series. No release dates for the other five episodes — which will explore unique music stories in Brazil, Iceland, and Vietnam — have been announced yet.

You can catch the fiery Baby Shel at his first-ever Soundset gig this May.