I’m a hip-hop artist and kind of taught myself. I started doing this because I fell in love with music and hip-hop came naturally to me because I like writing and poetry. There certainly wasn’t much hip-hop in the NWT at that time! Even though this music style was a shock to a territory rich in traditional culture, it gelled well because of the youth and their connection to music.
My lyrics speak directly to my northern audience. I talk about experiences I have had or experiences other northerners have had that we all share. So, it comes from the roots and from my heart.
I love the recording process but performing is unlike any other experience, especially in our northern communities. The youth don’t see a lot of performances so it is a lot of fun for all of us. I aspire to do mentoring workshops with youth in our remote communities. I really enjoy that aspect of teaching the next generation of artists and inspiring them to follow their dreams.
Aaron “Godson” Hernandez has been a hip-hop artist in the Northwest Territories for over 20 years. He has released 11 albums & has performed in various parts of North America. Godson received a Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee award, was featured on CBC's hit show Dragons' Den & was a finalist for EMI's Record Deal competition. Godson was the only rapper ever to write for the show Canadian Idol, where he also performed & filmed a video that kicked off Season 4. Godson also performed at the 2010 Winter Olympics as part of the NWT contingent with a huge performance at BC Place as part of the medal ceremonies. Godson has 2 TV commercials that have aired for Drinking & Driving prevention for the Department of Transportation for the NWT on CBC & APTN. Godson can accommodate to any audience. Having no profanity in any of the songs he performs makes it easier to entertain any age.