The propagandists at the Alliance for Climate Education, who roam the country lobbying school boards and educrats to allow them to deliver 45-minute talks at high school assemblies, are promoting two hip-hop artists to their teen audience. From ACE’s blog:
Just in time for the longest day of the year – this glorious summer solstice – EARTH AMPLIFIED, the new full-length album by ACE Educator AshEl Seasunz + J. Bless is out now…!
This seminal Green Hip Hop album features lyrics that touch on many of the environmental and socio-political issues of the day, covering topics from food and water security, climate change, poverty and prisons, to the potential for social transformation. Lead by Oakland-based frontman Seasunz and produced by Brooklyn-based J.Bless and multi-instrumentalist Golden Horns, the organic sound of Earth Amplified’s heavy, layered beats blend influences ranging from afrobeat, dancehall, funk and old school soul with the jazz vibes of Golden Era Hip Hop.
Students curious about J. Bless’s artistry can visit his MySpace music page, where they will discover his top-listed song “F—.” And Seasunz collaborated with other eco-minded rappers on “Drill, Baby…Still,” in response to the Gulf oil disaster:
We all complicit in this illicit game
Drinking up oil and feeling no pain
Gotta sober up and break the addiction
Stop believing in twisted up fiction
Stop living on a mental vacation
A nation of fools dropping bills at the station
Blowing smoke in the air until the end of creation
Burning up the earth in a pit of damnation
And for two of the songs on “Earth Amplified” — “Global Warning” and “Food Fight” — the duo invited the climate conscious stic.man of the band dead prez (“Revolutionary But Gangsta”) to join in the vocals. Here’s how dead prez describes their music on their Facebook page:
Dead Prez is an American underground political hip hop duo composed of stic.man and M-1. They are known for their confrontational style combined with socialist and pan-Africanist lyrics. These lyrics tend to focus on revolution, veganism, institutional racism, critical pedagogy, police, capitalism, education, prison systems, religion, activism against governmental repression, and corporate control over the media, especially hip-hop record labels.
Just some of the messaging kids in public schools are getting out of class to hear in student assemblies, as ACE recruits its army of thousands. Here’s a refresher: