Chuck D, Tom Morello & B-Real Are Raging Against The Republican Convention (Video)
Last month, via a cryptic announcement that took on an incredible groundswell, Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello, Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Cypress Hill’s B-Real announced they were forming a super group called the Prophets Of Rage. As we reported, given the political nature of much of the respective members’ material, it was likely no coincidence that the group’s first shows were staged in Los Angeles, adjacent to the California Presidential primaries. Now, footage of those shows has been released, as well as an interview with POR which leaves no doubt about why they formed and what their mission is.
The report from Bloomberg Politics includes footage from the Prophets’ Los Angeles show at The Whisky, as well as an interview with the members. When asked why they formed the group, Tom Morello forcefully says “the times demand a band like Prophets Of Rage rise.” Chuck D expands, saying “what we want to present with Prophets Of Rage is songs that are timeless. They’re even beyond us as individuals, and there’s an atmosphere that we want to confront.” Of the three, B-Real has arguably the most impassioned response. “Our nation and the world is on the brink of electoral insanity at home, environmental insanity around the globe. There’s no music that speaks to what’s going on right now. Nothing with substance,” he exhorts.
When asked about the current state of the union, Morello replies “Martin Luther King famously said ‘There’s no hotter place in hell than for people who remain neutral in times of moral conflict.’ This is a time of moral conflict. So, we are escaping a hot pit of hell by bringing some Rock & Roll/Hip-Hop fury.”
In speaking about some of the new music the group has written together, B-Real says of the song “The Party’s Over,” “the message conveys that we’re done with the lies that are told to us for our votes. The party’s over. We’re standing up and we’re making our voices known.” Chuck D candidly adds “the two party system has been over a long time ago, so we have to come up with something that looks forward into the 21st century that makes sense to these new generations that have come into the voting marketplace.”
After discussing their takes on the leading candidates Donald Trump, Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, things get really interesting. Morello reveals the group’s subversive plans for July. “Well, there’s a thing called the Republican National Convention in July, and that’ll be a perfect place for a band like Prophets Of Rage to cause a ruckus, and we will be there on the streets, in the field and in the consciousness…We have a venue and maybe there will be spontaneous venues,” he hints surreptitiously. “We’ll be rocking furiously in and around the RNC,” he assures.
The revolution may not be televised, but it will be blasted loudly enough for the world to hear.