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by DJ Cavem Moetavation

The first USDA certified organic plant-based, zero-waste, environmental hip hop album that you can actually plant composed of lyrics discussing culinary climate action, composting, recycling, soil regeneration, and water conservation topics.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. 1 for the Hood
3:16 $2.99
2. Water
3:24 $2.99
3. Breakground
2:34 $2.99
4. Ready 2 Grow
3:37 $2.99
5. Keep It 100
3:23 $2.99
6. Sprout That Life
3:11 $2.99
7. Turn It up Like Farmers
4:10 $2.99
8. Model X (Bonus Track)
3:12 album only
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"The first USDA certified organic plant-based, zero-waste, environmental hip hop album that you can actually plant composed of lyrics discussing culinary climate action, composting, recycling, soil regeneration, and water conservation topics" - Alkemia Earth

"We are excited to harmonise with DJ Cavem to help spread his message of eco-friendly gardening and culinary wellness. So when asked, Botanical Interests was happy to help with these unique, organic seed packets and get more organic vegetables into the gardens, and hands, of kids!" - Botanical Interests

"This 'Eco Hip-Hop' Pioneer Wants to Bring Healthy Eating to the 'Harlem of the West" - VICE

"Over the years, many hip-hop stars have died far too young from health causes: Phife Dawg aka “the funky diabetic” from Type 1 diabetes; Big Pun from a heart attack; and Craig Mack from heart failure. According to studies, Black Americans are almost twice as likely to get diabetes as non-Hispanic whites. And while there are countless structural reasons why health outcomes might differ across racial lines, Dr Ietef “DJ Cavem” Vita is a rapper, chef, and gardener trying to make a dent in them. Vita makes what he calls eco hip-hop, which addresses sustainability, food justice, and climate change through a hip-hop lens. To him, “it's no different to being a gangster—we just repping the hood a different way.”

DJ Cavem continues to tour the world educating the public using eco hip-hop and hosting Recipes for Resistance workshops, where they teach families how to use local, sustainable food. During International Compost Week (May 5–11), Vita will release his latest EP (titled BIOMIMICZ) as an album/seed pack. “I'm dropping the EP on packs of seeds, so people can grow food all year long, and then they're going to have the recipes that come with those at the end of the year...I have kale, arugula, and beets and I'm working with Botanical Interest to be able to do my packaging and production.” He’s planning to release the full-length album—along with recipes for the produce grown from the EP’s pack of seeds—by this year’s harvest moon on September 14th.

Though he’s proud to have accomplished all that he has so far known he can’t do it alone. Vita encourages the hip-hop community to join him. “Everybody was wearing a hat backwards when a rapper did it. So how many rappers will get in the garden with me so we can get these kids growing? That's what I want to know.” - VICE. MUNCHIES By Deana Morton. Apr 5 2019

When DJ Cavem coined the term eco-hip hop in 2007, he didn't know it would sprout into a global movement. His mission to rap about climate change, food justice and plant-based foods spread far beyond his Denver hometown. Having performed at the Obama White House and been featured in Oprah Magazine and on the Rachael Ray Show, Dr. Ietef "DJ Cavem" Vita became known as more than just a rapper -- but an activist, educator and vegan chef. Now, several years after the release of The Produce Section, his award-winning album that fused hip hop with lessons on eco-friendliness, Cavem has shifted his focus to new material. His latest project BIOMIMICZ is being released as an album/seed pack to get people involved and spur listeners into action.
"I wanted this album to become an experience," he explained. "I want people to understand that one of the best ways to make an impact on the environment is being more conscious of what we eat and understanding that our everyday food choices impact the environment in a positive or negative way."

From an early age Cavem has had a deep connection to environmental activism and food justice. Raised in Denver's Five Points district, often referred to as the Harlem of the West, his interest for gardening and hip hop helped him resist the snares of gang lifestyle. Becoming vegan at age 14, he said he felt a calling to speak about these issues in his songs, "especially since most of the neighborhoods considered food deserts were people of color." His 2007 debut single "Wheatgrass" with rapper Stic.Man of Dead Prez hit top ten on the charts in Spain and introduced him to the public as an OG (Organic Gardener). It led to his 2010 debut album The Teacher's Lounge, followed by 2012's The Produce Section, which featured collaborations with Speech from Arrested Development, Drummi Zeb from The Wailers, and Sa-Roc. Part album, part curriculum, The Produce Section offered lessons on organic gardening, plant-based recipes and alternate uses of energy.

Since then Cavem has traveled the world as both a performing artist and an educator. He's shared the stage with Nick Jonas, Public Enemy, 2 Chains, Questlove, Wyclef Jean, among others. Offstage he's involved with numerous organizations and projects dedicated to promoting wellness, eating healthy and environmental awareness. With his wife and collaborator Arasia "Alkemia" Earth, the pair inspire and educate around the world including communities in countries such as Azerbaijan through workshops and speaking engagements. They formed a non-profit organization called the Vita Earth Foundation, which hosts health and wellness summer camps, Culinary Concerts, and their Recipes for Resistance workshops, which focuses on culinary climate action.
Traveling the globe has given Cavem a fresh perspective with BIOMIMICZ. Released during International Compost Week, the EP is a precursor to a full-length album. It's being issued as a seed pack -- kale, arugula and beets -- to be planted right away. Come harvest, the full-length album will be packed with recipes on how to prepare meals with those vegetables. According to Cavem, BIOMIMICZ is about getting back to basics with a sense of urgency.

"Factory farms have destroyed the Amazon rainforest. Pesticides and herbicides have destroyed our soil and microorganisms and contaminated our water. Our oceans are becoming acidic and we are losing the coral reefs. I hope my lyrics will inspire and educate. And I hope the seeds will be planted, literally."



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