Young rappers have the power and the cash

Former Timberline Secondary Students Andrew Baskin and Tanner Waller teamed up to write, perform and video their song "Energy Rap."

Two young rappers showed “the power” to win a $2,000 prize from B.C. Hydro.

Former Timberline Secondary Students Andrew Baskin and Tanner Waller teamed up to write, perform and video their song “Energy Rap.”

They entered it in Hydro’s “Invent the Future” contest, which called for songs, videos and essays on energy conservation, and won the $2,000 prize in the 16- to 19-year-old category.

Baskin and Waller submitted the humourous song/video last November.

“I plan to raise awareness about the importance of energy conservation with a video that makes people laugh, while giving them a strong clear message about energy,” Baskin wrote in his submission.

Entries were assessed by a panel of celebrity judges including actor Kristin Kreuk, Juno-nominated singer/songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen, Terry McBride of Nettwerk Music Group, Hal Wake from the Vancouver International Writers and Readers Festival, meteorologist Ann Luu, and environmental and community leader Ajay Puri.

Judges evaluated submissions on originality, innovation, creativity, scope and potential to change behaviour in B.C.In addition to the prize money, winners get the opportunity to further develop their creative skills by spending a week at the Gulf Islands Film and Television School.

Nearly 150 contest entries were received from every corner of the province and can be viewed at

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