Drezus

Jeremiah Manitopyes, also known as Drezus began rapping at a young age. Turning poetry into rhymes that fit the beat, he caught on quickly. His first recording session was with the pioneering native hip hop group Warparty. Living in Saskatoon at the time, he began releasing tracks and mix tapes helping to form Stressed Street Records with label owner Joey Stylez who had launched his own successful career, as well.

While “Dro” was living in Saskatoon, Stomp formerly of Warparty created his own production group with Jaymak called Rezofficial. “Dro” would soon become Drezus under the new Team Rezofficial imprint. They released 2 critically acclaimed albums under EMI distribution, were nominated for a Juno in 2009 and racked up multiple aboriginal awards, appearing on tv specials, radios spots. Earning themselves a trip to number one on Much Music’s Rap City Top Ten Countdown with their single “Lonely”. Team Rezofficial made a huge impact on the Canadian music scene. The group would part ways mutually for various reasons, but this did not stop Drezus from becoming a solo force.

He released 2 mixtapes, Drezus Walks (2011), Big Baby Dreez (2012) and in 2013, he released the award winning album “Redwinter”. The lead single “Redwinter” became the anthem for the First Nation’s grassroots movement “Idle No More”. Drezus also picked up the Best Hip Hop Award at the 2013 Aboriginal Peoples Choice awards for “Redwinter” and has been creating an enormous online buzz including coverage by APTN, Mic.com,  VICE and Hip Hop Canada.  In September 2015, Drezus took home 4 out of 4 awards at the 2015 Indigenous Music Awards including Indigenous Entertainer of the Year, Best Hip Hop CD, Best Music Video and Best Producer. Creating new fans all over the world and gathering press from countless online publications, he attributes his recent success to his reconnection with the First Nations culture and traditions. Fusing hip-hop knowledge and braggadocio with ancient wisdom handed down from his ancestors, Drezus finds himself in a lane he can call his own. His latest release, Indian Summer, has been getting rave reviews with the powerhouse single leading the “Warpath.”