Rez Life


Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021


Log in or register now!

Released on YouTube for National Native American Heritage Month, "Rez Life" is a precursor to Above Boy, a documentary film from Believe Media premiering in 2022. The song was written and performed by Opijata Okanko Chipps (Opi), the son of Godfrey Benjamin Chipps, a fourth-generation descendant of Horn Chipp – the Medicine Man for legendary Indian chief, Crazy Horse. While filming at the Chipps' home in Wanblee, South Dakota, documentary filmmakers Sebastian Funke, Jan Vogel, and Lucy Martens discovered Opi's interest in hip-hop music and songwriting. The video is a glimpse into the consequences of forced destabilization of Indigenous culture and ruggedness of life on the reservation.

About Above Boy
"Above Boy" is a documentary short, set to release in 2022, about the the Chipps family, members of the Oglala Lakota Nation on the Pineridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Spotlighting the spiritual foundation of Godfrey Benjamin Chipps “Above Boy,” the film takes a deep dive into the modern realities of the reservation through the experiences of his wife (Beverly Red Elk), sons and daughters.

Visit for more information.


"Rez Life”
Lyrics by: Opijata Okanko Chipps
Written by: Opijata Okanko Chipps
Producer: Prolific the Rapper

Music Video

Production Co: Believe Media
Directors: Sebastian Funke, Jan Vogel, & Lucy Martens
Executive Producers: Luke Thronton & Liz Silver
Producer: Godfrey Chipps, Liz Silver & Sebastian Funke

Contact Name: 
Jenne Dixon
Log in or register now!
Log in or register now!

Recent SPW Releases

Thursday, Sep. 28, 2023

Founded in 2010 by Hungarian / American filmmaker Nicholas Simon (CEO/EP...

Thursday, Sep. 28, 2023

Executive Producer David Perry and his colleagues from commercial...

Wednesday, Sep. 27, 2023

Pass the spiked eggnog, get cozy and listen up: the holidays are fast...

Wednesday, Sep. 27, 2023

As the U.S. surpasses 240 school shootings in 2023 , setting the stage for...

Wednesday, Sep. 27, 2023

Each year, the Cannes Lions score the global branded communications and...

Tuesday, Sep. 26, 2023

SMPTE Hollywood Section will explore best practices for HDR/SDR workflows...

MySHOOT Company Profiles