Marlaina Buch, aka Hunter Rapper, is high-kicking her claim to both the male-centric musical genre and outdoor sport: hip hop and hunting. In keeping with rapper heritage, Buch uses her own life as her lyrical subject. And this Northern Ontario raised white girl came of age where “partridge hunting was as common as a snowbank in January.” Buch, fittingly pronounced buck, interrogates gender expectations and culturally contested food politics, all to her own pro-meat, self-made beats.
Imagine the compelling parts of The Omnivore’s Dilemma confrontationally rhymed by a woman wearing a pastel, foam-core salmon-shaped helmet. Boom. Meet the Leslie Hall of the North. But Buch doesn’t rap solely about pastoral locavorism—although her fondness for all things wild is clear, she manages to keep it real by popping Pringles tubes and shaking cans of Pam throughout her debut EP, Gittin Cosmic Bout Death (follow the link for a free download). Check out her feminist biodynamic rhymes:
I’m not picky I’m pro-protein
Heart, brains, lungs, tongue, liver and spleen
Tripe and beans
Parts are just parts
They’re not unclean
There’s more waste in a pack of tofu
Than the carcass of the deer I brought you
Ask me if its life mattered
Before its fat fried and beer battered
Shaky, shaky shake them death rattles
Watch your shoes get splattered
When I cut the moose bladder
Apples from Cali, figs from Peru
Barrels of oil makin food for you
Frogs killed by tractors, Snakes run over too!
We’re all psycho killers when the day is through
“I don’t eat eggs, I don’t eat cheese” Please!
Your cell phone is killin off all them killer bees
Carrots aint holy
That’s what I’ve deduced
And everything suffers when it’s mass “pro-duced”
Give props to the trappers and Rednex
Cause it all makes sense in context
Art school educated, Buch is no hunter-poser. Currently packing a fishing licence, she grew up shooting clay pigeons off the back deck of the family home in northern Ontario, hanging out at the rifle range, and digesting freshly killed game and fish. Currently living in Victoria, BC, Buch does most of her hunting at the library, reading about animals, cookery and the outdoors, entertaining fantasizes about moving to interior British Columbia where property’s cheap and the trucker hats a-plenty.
Currently, Hunter Rapper is working with London, ON rapper Phonecard on a 7” entitled “You’re So WestJet”, absorbed in the BBC cooking show Two Fat Ladies, and taking dance choreography at the YMCA in Greater Victoria. Keep an eye out for her live show at a BBQ near you.