HBO sure picked the perfect time to air their environmentally focused documentary, Saving My Tomorrow. The Da Rich Kidzz track that was featured in the film, "Weird Weather," took on added significance in a week that saw temperatures in the Twin Cities go from 50 degrees to 10 degrees in a matter of a day.
The young north Minneapolis hip-hop group -- featuring members of Y.N.RichKids of "Hot Cheetos & Takis" fame -- augmented a segment on how a warming Earth will generate more extreme weather events with a two-minute track that illuminates just how harsh and unpredictable the weather can be here in Minnesota.
The documentary also featured contributions from Tina Fey, Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields, Willie Nelson, They Might Be Giants, Jeffrey Wright, Ziggy Marley, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Susan Sarandon, and a host of young activists who are concerned about the Earth and fed up with the lack of action coming from older generations regarding climate change and environmental issues.
While the language and tone of the documentary are kept relatively light and simple to help educate the youth of today and draw more kids to the cause, the issues that are discussed are real, scientifically supported problems that are causing the Earth to change in a drastic way -- just enough to frighten anyone who is actually paying attention.
Just where do Da Rich Kidzz fit in all of this? Kids performed musical numbers throughout the documentary that were inspired by scientific-related segments about the lasting effects of climate change. The talented young MCs did a great job, delivering their informative rhymes from a roller rink while also playing around in short skits shot in front of stormy images that augmented their lyrics.
Glen, Freeman, Nasir, Antwon, Jasiona, and Glentrel all took turns with brief verses in the under two-minute track, trading rhymes that were all centered on just how messed up the weather can be not only around Minnesota but the entire country. They're just doing their part to make sure that the Earth is still inhabitable for future generations.
"In the Twin Cities, there's a lot of weird weather/Snowing in May, it's supposed to be summer. Rain, rain, go away, come back bro another day/All this weird weather, I can't go outside and play. They say the planet's getting warmer and it's messing with the weather/The greenhouse effect is stronger so the summers are getting hotter."
It remains to be seen if the educational track has the same breakout viral appeal of "Hot Cheetos & Takis," but the musical segment was potentially seen by the millions of HBO subscribers around the globe.
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