By now, we all know that climate change is a serious global issue that we cannot afford to ignore anymore. The humanitarian crisis has not been a popular subject within hip hop, or at least mainstream hip hop anyway. However, the Hip Hop Caucus seeks to change this. Rev. Lennox Yearword Jr., President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, has partnered with hip hop artists and other entertainers to help educate and mobilize young people to action on various social justice issues. In support of the growing climate change movement, the caucus brought together a group of artists and musicians on the album, HOME, which is an acronym for "Heal Our Mother Earth."
One of the leading singles from the album is the hip hop track "Trouble in the Water." The collaborative song features Common and Malik Yusef, his former label mate at G.O.O.D Music , as well as artists Kamasi, Aaron Fresh, Choklate and Laci Kay. The song is a solid track with a marching beat that brings on the alarming message about the world's water supply. Although Common and company are not dropping any science per se about what is really going on with the water crisis, "Trouble in the Water" is a good catalyst for conversation about it in the hip hop community.
Other artists are also contributing to this project, such as Elle Varner, Ne-Yo, Crystal Waters and Raheem DeVaughn. If you are interested in hearing HOME, the album will be available for purchase on iTunes starting on December 2nd. However, an EP with selected songs will also be available this week on iTunes for free.
Listen to "Trouble in the Water" right here, and to learn more about the album and the call to action for climate change, head over to People's Climate Music.