Apr 22, 2016

Music Video Highlights Flint Water Crisis

Video calls for petition signatures encouraging Michigan Gov. create victim compensation fund

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Hip Hop Caucus, creator of People’s Climate Music, exclusively released “Trouble in the Water,” a cinematic music video starring Common on Facebook.

“Trouble in the Water” is a song on the album “HOME” (Heal Our Mother Earth), Executive-produced by five-time Grammy winning artist/producer and Hip Hop Caucus’ Director of Arts and Culture Malik Yusef. the video will call on viewers to sign a petition calling on Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to start a compensation fund for victims of the Flint water crisis.

Through People’s Climate Music, the Hip Hop Caucus organizes diverse and influential artists to create music that inspires action around the climate change crisis, with a goal of leading the way to a clean energy future. The video for “Trouble in the Water” also featuring Hip Hop Caucus’ Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., Kumasi, Choklate, Aaron Fresh & Laci Kay, is immediately available April 22, Earth Day. Additional behind the scenes footage is also available.

“‘Trouble in the Water’ links the global climate crisis to local environmental justice crises in poor communities and communities of color, including the ongoing water disaster in Flint, Mich.,” said Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., president and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus. “Common and the entire team who worked on ‘Trouble in the Water’ have used art to convey a message that affirms the value of life over polluters’ greed. The crisis in Flint has put politics and profit over the lives of people. Now it is time to reverse that horrific process and create a compensation fund for victims of the Flint water crisis.”

In the summer of 2014 People’s Climate Music produced “HOME”, an 11-track album released in partnership with The Private Plane. The music video can be seen on People’s Climate Music website and Facebook.