Taboo’s #NoDAPL Anthem Scores MTV VMA Nomination
At the height of the #NoDAPL movement, Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas took it upon himself to support the stand against the $3.8 billion, 1,172-mile Dakota Access Pipeline the best way he knew how – with music.
“It was just important to acknowledge the originators of this land,” Taboo told Noisey at the time. “We don’t really have many songs that can cross into international waters … because I’m a Black Eyed Pea, I’m able to speak to Germany and Japan and Mexico. They’ll now ask [about] what’s going on.”
Taboo, who has Shoshone heritage, teamed up with Plains Cree MC Drezus, Crow hip-hop artist Supaman, Navajo vocalist Kahara Hodges, Seminole singer Spencer Battiest and Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara Nation flutist Tony Duncan, for a track called Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL. Actor Shailene Woodley, who was a vocal advocate throughout the #NoDAPL movement (and was even arrested at a demonstration), also helped out with the project. The accompanying video brought hope to protectors across the nation and racked up more than half a million views.
This week, that very video has been nominated for a MTV VMA in the “Best Fight Against The System” category. It’s up against videos from Logic f. Damian Lemar Hudson (Black SpiderMan), The Hamilton Mixtape (Immigrants/We Get the Job Done), Big Sean (Light), Canadian Alessia Cara (Scars To Your Beautiful), and John Legend (Surefire). The awards air Aug. 27.