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For a song about the consequences of car use, “Go Green” sure doesn’t make it any easier for you to hop on your bike instead. With a slick guitar slide providing the perfect in, Buddy Peace’s wonderful summer-cool drum loop gives Prolyphic a great platform to make you feel guilty for wanting to play his song through rolled-down windows. First, he attacks himself for damaging the world with his car and electronics. Second, he attacks the corporations that try, under the guise of a supposed moral backbone, to make a tidy profit from cleaning up the messes they’d previously made. But though the usual chip on Prolyphic’s shoulder should be the draw, it’s Buddy’s breezy and revitalizing beat that gives the track its pull.

Check out Prolyphic and Buddy Peace’s collaborative album ‘The Working Man’, released earlier this year through Strange Famous Records. (Better yet, check out Buddy Peace’s 2008 mixtape masterpiece ‘Wolf Diesel Mountain’, released through 2600 recordings.)





Minus The Flair
08.02.13
really i just wanted to give this album some more publicity because buddy peace.

Irving
08.03.13
I work for an oil and gas company.

I already feel horrible.

=/

Minus The Flair
08.03.13
i should drive all the way to malaysia and give you a piece of my mind. so i'll need you to keep up the good work until i arrive.

that's what annoys me about some of these corp-bashing green kids. the issue lies as much with the consumer as with the provider.

Irving
08.03.13
You know, that's an interesting point that you're making. Until very recently, I didn't even drive a car, which sort of suggests that those corp-bashers were probably consuming way more petrol than I was (also worth mentioning that developed countries, where activism is generally at its strongest, are typically the biggest consumers of energy derived from fossil fuels, but that's another story and where it all gets really weird).

Also, don't drive here Matt. Use a bike. Haha ;)

But seriously though some of these companies could really do a lot more environmentally.

Minus The Flair
08.03.13
i was actually living in kuala lumpur from november to march and holy shit i wouldn't dare try driving those roads. i'd probably only last ten minutes on my bike too.

i don't drive either. i have my licence, but ever since i got i've never needed to use it. i cycle everywhere - my brother and i are travelling through europe in september but it's on bikes.

you're right that some of these companies could do a lot more. but there are other companies who do a lot. whether that's because they really care or because they're just trying to gain profits doesn't matter. of course they'll try to gain profits, they're a business, and they have shareholders who will sue them if they lose money from flagrantly bad financial decisions (even if those decisions are ethically sound). boycotting the companies who are trying to clean up their messes (as prolyphic does above), regardless of motive, is dumb. if we all start using slightly pricier greener companies, their profiits will jump up and the non-green companies profits will fall. their shareholders will be happy for them to make the move to green as it would now mean greater profits. so the onus is on the consumer to start using green companies in the first place.

the other problem, like you say, is that of consumption. i saw a tagline of a book which i'm meaning to read. i thought it was quite smart: "we don't have an energy crisis, we have a consumption crisis".

Electric City
08.11.13
buddy peace

Electric City
08.11.13
looks like john green

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