When Disaster Strikes

By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 30, 2012



There's no telling how many natural disasters it will take for hip-hop to stomp Big Energy. However, countless rappers have grazed the enemy, or at least stood up for Mother Earth on occasion. Here are five acts who prove it's possible to skewer hazardous environmental evils without sounding like a PSA.

Artist Ill Bill
Track "American History X"
Gem The older generation's no better/Matter of fact they worse, they ought to know better/These greedy motherfuckers trade blood for oil/An American graveyard on another man's soil/Makes no sense/The Roman Empire in the present tense/Murder for corporations that they represent

Artist Soul Khan
Track "Wellstone"
Gem Oh, you just be hating Soul/'Cause they're too cold like that H2O/Where the glaciers float/Wait, wait, where'd the glaciers go?

Artist Dead Prez
Track "Be Healthy"
Gem They say you are what you eat, so I strive to be healthy/My goal in life is not to be rich or wealthy/'Cause true wealth comes from good health, and wise ways/We got to start taking better care of ourselves

Artist Shea
Track "Do the Math"
Gem 20 years 100 million dead from dirty energy/So ask yourself who's the real public enemy

Artist KRS-One
Track "Get Up"
Gem I went to the temple and opened my mental/I learned that I'm the cause of all that I been through/Your whole environment is really within you / Reach inside your heart and write a new menu


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