A member of Moosomin First Nation, Stylez was moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan at an early age and raised by his single mother. His life in poverty and the oppression he faced plays a major role in his lyrics. He remains an important figure in the First Nations hip hop scene in western Canada. Stylez is known for his at-times outlandish fashions including colourful sunglasses, headbands, etc.
His debut album The Blackstar was released on November 23, 2009.The Blackstar was a great success earning Stylez a Juno Nomination and many other notable awards. His much anticipated follow up album titled "Feather and Rosary" is scheduled for release in early 2013.
The Halfbreed that was always the outcast.
Right from an early age, Joseph Laplante was attracted to music. Born in Saskatchewan, his first spoken language was Cree. As a child, Laplante always attended pow wows, joining in and singing with the older drum groups. His hunger to perform, and love for the spotlight was a clear foreshadow of his future endeavors. Raised in a low income, single-mothered family, Laplante faced the same adversities as many Aboriginal youth; exposed to violence, drugs, alcohol. As the eldest son of nine children, he had no value for life and was caught up in the viscous cycle which he knew best. However, after losing many family and friends, Laplante refused to become another tragic statistic. Music was the gateway to separate himself from the destructive path otherwise ahead. Laplante left home, moving from city to city to chase his dreams. Upon returning to his native land years later, Joseph was determined to bring mainstream attention to Native Americans. By creating a unique fashion, sound and look, Joey used his “stylez” to captivate a wide audience. With continued hard work, Stylez strives to destroy negative stereotypes, enlighten society of current misconceptions and empower Native Americans to reach their full potential.