Rapper and activist Taboo has released ‘Stand Up/Stand N Rock’ to celebrate indigenous people and encourage others to stand up for what they believe in as the fight continues over construction of the Dakota Access pipeline on Native American land.
Taboo’s track is an upbeat anthem, dedicated to Native people fighting for their right to have clean water on their land; a right which would be taken away should the Dakota Access pipeline be completed on its route through tribal land.
‘Stand Up/Stand N Rock’ is a true collaboration between Taboo (himself a Shoshone tribe member) and many of his fellow Native American musicians, including Emcee One, Drezus, Spencer Battiest and Doc Battiest among many others. Actor and prominent anti-Dakota Access pipeline activist Shailene Woodley joins them on the track, reading an inspirational spoken word poem as the song’s introduction.
For eight months, thousands of people have been camping out at Cannon Ball, North Dakota on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, where Sioux Natives worry that the pipeline would be destructive to their land and ruin their water supply should it burst.
After the release of ‘Stand Up/Stand N Rock’ it was announced that the pipeline would be rerouted as the US Army blocked engineers from entering Standing Rock, in a huge victory for all those involved. The battle is only half-won though, as the alternative route for the pipeline may still be dangerous and disrespectful. No doubt Taboo and his fellow activists will stay vigilant.
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