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Straight outta Canada, not straight outta Compton
I got into rap from lovin’ the lyrics but never from limited options
The only limited option I could see when rippin' a dope beat
Was reppin' the streets, or becomin’ a OG
Who me? I went to university, studied poetry
And planted a million trees at a summer job while learnin' to MC
I could've continued on to get a PhD, but I dropped out 
After I finished a masters to put some intelligent hip-hop out
Invented a new style that's fact-checked and peer-reviewed
Packin' ridiculous levels of information into a lyrical groove
What should I do? I've got options, what should I rap about?
I think I could rap about anything, except what the rest of them rap about
So what about climate change? Yeah, I love a good challenge
That's about as unsexy a topic as anything I could imagine
Plus it happens to be a massive threat to human survival
So nothin’ less than savin' the planet with rap is my goal

So get your head noddin’
We’re solvin’ some problems
Get your head noddin’
‘Cause we still got options

Tree-huggin’ Canadian, we don’t know what to make of him
People heard me rap and always thought I was an alien
Until the day I played Aesop the Living Legend some of my music
And he said “That’s the kind of rap white people should be doin’”
Watch me find my groove and chase it, rhymes and music makin’
The world a better place with science communication
So do me a favour and check your feelings while you listen to me rhyme
Your reaction is like the weather, whatever it’s like outside
But the feelings of everybody listenin’ combined
That’s like the climate, the average weather over time
It’s simply not sufficient for you to check your intuitions
Check ‘em against evidence and statistics
If reality contradicts an individual's worldview
It takes persistence for the message to get through
And that's what I'm here to do, this is not your basic rhymin’
It’s designed to penetrate your confirmation bias

Well it’s now official, NOAA and NASA have now concluded that 2015 was the warmest year on record globally…

So get your head noddin’
We’re solvin’ some problems
Get your head noddin’
‘Cause we still got options

We got options, I’m talkin’ ‘bout choices and consequences
Believin’ in superstitions or the scientific method
Twenty fifteen, officially hottest year on record
But one cold day is all it takes to forget it
I’m beginnin’ to feel like this particular problem was designed
To evade the innate architecture of the mind
Ask a scientist, they'll tell you the climate is in crisis
But people on the street see a bigger threat in ISIS
Cognitive biases, I really don't give a puff
Of CO2 whether you drive a ridiculous SUV
Or eat tofu, just try to remain conscious
Of how you influence other people’s options
Rappers comin’ out of Compton, the Bronx and Brooklyn
Introduced me to this music, and this is where I took it
So nod your head to the beat
Climate change is real, nod affirmatively

So get your head noddin’
We’re solvin’ some problems
Get your head noddin’
‘Cause we still got options

If anybody still wants to dispute the science around climate change, have at it. You will be pretty lonely, ‘cause you’ll be debating our military, most of America’s business leaders, the majority of American people, almost the entire scientific community, and two hundred nations around the world who agree it’s a problem and intend to solve it.


from The Rap Guide to Climate Chaos, released September 30, 2016
Written by D. Brinkman, D. Moross and A.Ross
Produced by Soulful Spider
Additional Production and Mix by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Guitar by Tom Van Deursen
Additional Vocals by Aaron Nazrul


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Science rapper and inventor of several novel hip-hop variants. Canadian transplant to New York. Pathological optimist.

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