Kaleb releases rap single to raise awareness of farming struggles
19th January 2024
Farmer and celebrity known from Clarkson’s Farm, Kaleb Cooper, is launching a music single to raise awareness of the struggles facing farmers and the farming community. All the profits will be donated to the RABI farming charity.
I Can’t Stand Sheep! is a rap, described as more country rap than urban rap, which includes a tongue-in-cheek reflection of Kaleb’s well-known dislike of sheep, set to the iconic The Floral Dance. On a more serious note, the rap also carries a poignant message to farming people who may be struggling or feel isolated, in what is increasingly becoming a pressurised profession.
RABI’s 24/7 helpline number (0800 188 4444) is included as part of the rap lyrics to raise awareness of the charity, which provides practical, financial and emotional support services to farming people across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Kaleb, a self-made agricultural entrepreneur and farm contractor, has been working in and around farms since he was a schoolboy and is an avid supporter of UK agriculture. He became a more recognisable face of farming since appearing on the popular Prime Video series, Clarkson’s Farm.
His commitment to the farming industry has seen him recently launch a bursary to offer opportunities for young people looking to launch a career in agriculture.
Kaleb said: “Never did I think I’d be saying these words that I’m releasing a record! When you listen to it, you’ll realise why I didn’t every think it was possible – my singing voice isn’t a match for my farming skills by any stretch. I had a lot of fun recording it and I hope that people like it – but there is also a serious side to it.
“As a community, farmers are only too aware of how pressurised the industry has become, the farming way of life can feel lonely at times. I wanted to make sure that if people are struggling, they have somewhere to reach out to. The RABI offers incredible support to the farming community in a range of different ways, and this felt like the perfect solution to get that message out – make the helpline number part of the lyrics!
“All profits will go towards helping fund the valuable work they do – so please download the single now and help contribute!”
The UK tour
The single was released on all platforms on Thursday, 18th January, to coincide with Kaleb’s UK-wide theatre tour, which starts on 25th January at the Cheltenham Everyman Theatre. As part of the show, Kaleb will be performing the single live to entertain audiences across the country, along with an exclusive preview of the music video.