Common’s new song, “Trouble in the Water,” connects the ongoing lead crisis in Flint, Mich., with global issues like climate change and ocean pollution. The song was released in conjunction with the civil rights group Hip Hop Caucus and features Malik Yusef.
The video asks viewers to sign a petition calling for Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to compensate victims of the crisis in Flint. “The crisis in Flint has put politics and profit over the lives of people,” Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., president and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, said in a statement. “Now it is time to reverse that horrific process and create a compensation fund for victims of the Flint water crisis.”
Three officials were charged in connection with the scandal Wednesday, nearly two years after Flint’s water source was contaminated.