‘Nowhere to Run’: A Rap Song with a Pro-Atheist Message

Last year, hip-hop singer Toby Ganger released an EP full of pro-atheist themes called “Evolutionary.”

More recently, Ganger released a sequel, aptly titled “Evolutionary 2,” and since I didn’t share it when it came out, I wanted to share one of the tracks with you now. The song “Nowhere to Run” is all about breaking the bonds religion and challenging religious ideas openly:

don’t have to respect your beliefs
if it does harm then expect me to speak
shouldn’t let it get in between
my respect for you cause they’re separate things
your beliefs you’re entitled to
but when it feeds your actions the line gets moved
cause it happens in my world too
and that virus of the mind stays alive through you
and those ideas feed the soil
that we grow in so then the seeds get spoiled
cause if you tolerate disease you can plant a million trees
but the weeds destroy them
if you have a thought, defend it
no one has the right not to be offended

You can listen to the other songs on the EP right here. Consider purchasing the album if you want to support this kind of music!

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • Rain

    Yay! +1 (Although the sounds are clashing with each other. Should be mixed a little better. Darn it should be super duper great like the big time artists.) Love it though.

    • Toby

      unfortunately something in the compression of the video altered the mix and we didn’t notice it until too late… at http://www.listentotoby.com and on the actual record the mix sound correct…thank you for listening!

      • Rain

        The strings seem a little overwhelming like they should be notched out in a couple places with the “EQ”. I’m probably a random idiot anyway. So don’t worry! Brilliant song, everyone in the tube comments loves it too. +1

        • Toby

          You’re definitely right about the EQ…something went weird in the video compression….do you hear the same thing on the actual recording at http://www.listentotoby.com ?

          • Rain

            The strings still seem slightly overwhelming to me. Maybe it’s just me. I tend to compare that type of song with Linkin Park. Their strings are back a little more and the leads and vocals more up front. I could be completely full of baloney for all I know. :D

  • WallofSleep

    Though I do love the idea of young folk recording music that speaks out against mythology and speaks up for atheism, reason, and logic, I think I’ll stick with the old school, and nearly antiquated SLAYER!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KS8O6qds0w0

    Still, best of luck to Toby with his musical career.

  • allein

    I just wanted to mention that when I started the video, my little pop-up ad was for the Flying Spaghetti Monster. :)

  • CanuckAmuck

    Good on those who can enjoy it, but for myself, I don’t care how pro-atheist the song is if I can’t stand the type of music.


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