Public Enemy Expect No Sympathy From The Devil In These Trying Times (Video)
Public Enemy’s just-released Man Plans, GOD Laughs is a zeitgeist album—politically, socially, and sonically. Chuck D recently told Rolling Stone, “With the situation of unrest in society, and the police brutality issue and what happened in Baltimore, don’t expect no sympathy from the government on the people, especially in the United States.” Notably, the Long Island, New York MC added that he does not hold President Obama accountable. Rather, the Rap Station founder anticipates a culture of apathy (the opposite of sympathy) coming after the next election.
For the visual complement to “No Sympathy From The Devil,” P.E. uses mixed media to go through the annals of history, from the board room to the jail cell in a grim reality known as now. The song’s title reworks the Rolling Stones’ (who P.E. sampled with permission on the album) 1968 hit, with a Nine Inch Nails-sounding presentation, courtesy of Gary G-Wiz.
Like they did so well in the late ’80s, is Public Enemy prosing what the world is posing?