After several water crises hit the world — including the poisonous drinking water that’s plagued the citizens of Flint, Mich. — Common and Yusef are bringing awareness to their environmental cause.
In the Manny Reel-directed video, Common spits some lyrics about the politics of water. “Sound waves, Chi-town graves dug deep / Water dirty like the police that flood the streets,” he raps. Malik Yusef also adds some cautionary rhymes as he tells listeners that the “ocean ain’t your motherf—ing trash can.”
The video’s caption goes on to further emphasize their point. “Imagine life with no clean water!” starts off the stark caption. “This is what more and more communities are facing with climate change and pollution.” It also states that the two rhymers are showing “a world where people are literally fighting for existence.”
This is just one of many attempts to aid the victims of Flint. Back in January, Meek Mill, Big Sean, Eminem, Wiz Khalifa and Diddy donated to the victims of the crisis. Then, a month later, Beyonce launched an effort to help those in the Michigan city.
“Trouble in the Water” isn’t the first hip-hop song dedicated to highlighting water crises though. Back in 1999, Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) dropped “New World Water” off of his album, Black on Both Sides.