Yes, it was a publicity stunt. But it’s also a fundraiser for the NRDC. Eco-rapper Dephree says he’ll donate half the profits from this song to the NRDC. Which is what, 50 cents? Kidding. I know it’s got to be hard to make it in the music biz. Here’s the video, including footage of him upon his release. Must be nice to have bail money on hand. FFWD to 4:20 to hear his message. But the video is worth watching for the cameos of some of LA’s many homeless people. I hope they at least got a free lunch out of their moment in the spotlight. Warning- this video is NSFW.
But if he really wants eco-cred, he’ll take that vintage caddy to Reverend Gadget at Left Coast EV to have him convert it to electric. You may recall Gadget from the film Revenge of the Electric Car. We interviewed him at the film’s premiere, covered here. Thanks to the hard work of people walking the walk, and not just talking the talk, electric vehicles have gone mainstream, especially in California. Thanks to government incentives like tax breaks and carpool lane access, it seems every other car in LA is a Tesla these days. What’s great is that these incentives are becoming less critical to the growth of the EV industry. As batteries become cheaper, and more cities ban polluting cars, more OEM’s are coming on board. Especially the ones facing the costs of Dieselgate. So if you’re concerned about the policies your government is enacting, Dephree, be part of the solution. Not part of the problem. Jumping off my electric motorcycle high horse now.