Ben HarperŪs 'Black Rain' floods cyberspace

Published: 2005-09-19
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, a new Ben Harper single has leaked its way onto the internet and is trickling down to thousands of fans.

The new song "Black Rain" is edgy, controversial, and politically charged - an anthem reminiscent of Harper's earlier work. It opens with the lines "You left them swimming for their lives down in New Orleans/can't afford a gallon of gasoline." From there it paints a prophetic image of a revolution yet to come.

Though several prominent African-American musicians - such as Kanye West and KRS-One - have publicly denounced the Bush administration's slow response to Hurricane Katrina, Harper is one of the first artists to go beyond verbal slurs, recording a scathing single in the storm's aftermath.

Harper's official website makes no mention of the leaked single, but many users of the website's message forum have been trading the song amongst themselves for more than a week.

Harper and his band the Innocent Criminals are said to be working on a new studio album, so it's possible the track was slated to be on that release.

In the meantime, internet traffic is sure to encounter showers, as "Black Rain" is in the forecast for weeks to come.

To download the Ben Harper's latest single "Black Rain" visit

Writer: Greg Hoekstra



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Ben harper was just saying what every one else was feeling. But were to scared to put to music. This is nothing new becuase this is how all the best songs are made . I can not wait until Ben's new album drops because I feel like it is going to be really good.
Posted by: Anonymous on September 27, 2005
I'm a big fan of Ben but I think he's way off base with this song. I think it's time to stop blaming the President for every problem in the world. You guys act like President Bush flew down to New Orleans and blew those levies up himself. Hurricane Katrina was a terrible tragedy unlike anything I've ever seen. However, if you're looking for someone to blame you should look no further than the incompetence of Governor Kathleen Blanco and Mayor Ray Nagin.
As far as the album goes, I'm glad to hear Ben's been back in the studio. I saw him last year in Atlanta and he was awesome.
Posted by: Anonymous on February 03, 2006
i agree with all.
Posted by: Anonymous on March 11, 2006
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