By Brad Bellegarde

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Drezus backstage with one of his four awards on the night, Best Producer/Engineer, from the 2015 Indigenous Music Awards held in Winnipeg. Photo credit: Brad Bellegarde.

(Winnipeg, Manitoba) Jeremy Manitopyes, better known as Drezus in the hip hop world, made a statement last night at the Indigenous Music Awards by winning four awards, including the coveted Indigenous Entertainer of the Year for his album “Indian Summer”.

After cleaning up the IMAs last night, it’s safe to say the Muskowekwan First Nation artist is becoming a major player in the world of Indigenous music and the North American hip hop scene.

I caught up with Drezus after winning his first two awards, Best Music Video and Best Producer/Engineer, “Thank you to the fans for voting,” said Drezus. “And thank you to the 306 for having my back, always!” he added. He later went on to win Best Hip Hop Album and Indigenous Entertainer of the Year.

I asked Drezus what is on his plate for 2016, “ Where do I start?” he said. “New album’s coming out, we’re working on a new video right now but that will be out before 2016,” he added. “New album (is) called ‘Public Enemy’, you heard it here first,” said Drezus.

Drezus also won the 2013 award for Best Hip Hop Album for his release “Red Winter”.

Other big winners throughout the evening included Armand Duck Chief with two awards: Best Indigenous Songwriter and Best Country CD, and City Natives also grabbed two awards for Best Duo or Group and Single of the Year for their song “Straight Chief’n”.

Newcomer to the awards Joshua Deperry, better known as Classic Roots, who is from Thunder Bay, Ontario, took home the Best Pop CD.

“Such an experience,” said Roots. “(This is) a great opportunity, I feel honoured (and) I feel home,” he added.

This year marks the 10th year of the IMAs, formerly named the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards.

 

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