Veni Vidi Vici is a song by the one and only scientifically peer reviewed rap artist I know of – Baba Brinkman. Baba wrote and performed this song for Threatened Species Day as a part of The Rap Guide to Wilderness.
Synopsis: Scientists recently proposed designating our current geological era as the Anthropocene, signifying the indelible scale of human impacts on the planet, from biodiversity right down to the chemical signatures in rocks. Baba Brinkman’s new song and video, Veni, Vidi, Vici (attributed to Julius Ceasar: “I came, I saw, I conquered”), is a lament and dirge for lost species, and a call for humanity to accept our global dominance as a responsibility as well as a privilege, especially in our stewardship of other living things. The IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) estimates that one quarter of all species globally are currently threatened with extinction, with designations ranging from “vulnerable” to “critically endangered”. And it was recently estimated that the total cost of protecting these species and their habitats would equal roughly one fifth of our total global expenditure on sugary soft drinks. Clearly something has to give. Check out Baba Brinkman’s video here:
Who is Baba Brinkman?
Baba Brinkman is a Canadian rap artist and former tree planter who personally planted more than 1 million trees in the Canadian wilderness before turning to hip-hop as a tool for enlightening and entertaining modern minds. His latest album, The Rap Guide to Climate Chaos, explores the science, politics, and economics of global warming: http://music.bababrinkman.com/album/the-rap-guide-to-climate-chaos