Public Enemy has stormed back with a new song and video, “State of the Union (STFU),” a fiery return to the frontlines as they take on Donald Trump, his regime and racists, and fascists everywhere. PE is giving away the track to fans for free at www.publicenemy.com starting today. It will also be available to stream on all major DSPs worldwide. “State of the Union (STFU)” was produced by DJ Premier.
Enemy Radio, the throwback Hip-Hop group comprised of Chuck D and essential members of Public Enemy, have surprise dropped a new album. Introducing the new album Loud is Not Enough with a new single ‘Food As a Machine Gun’, billed as by Enemy Radio Featuring Public Enemy! The track features all of the Enemy Radio crew, Chuck D, DJ Lord, Jahi and the S1Ws, and Flavor Flav! The group announced that the shocking dismissal of Flav from the group was part of an elaborate hoax created by the group to teach and the importance of how easily the media is manipulated (full story below). Enemy Radio performed in Los Angeles on March 1st, at a rally for United States Presidential Candidate, Bernie Sanders. Watch the lyric video for ‘Food As a Machine Gun’, the track highlighting the dangers of an industrial food system that adds chemicals and preservatives to grocery store products at the cost of nutrition, resulting in devastating changes to brains and bodies. The concept was inspired by advocate and author Kristin Lawless.’!
Chuck D comments:
“I had watched Orson Welles’ ‘War Of The Worlds’ from 1938 when he pulled the wool over the public’s eyes as they put 100% belief in the technology of radio,” explains Chuck D. “Most people followed like a Pavlovic dog just like they do now. Flav doesn’t do benefits and stays away from political events – we been cool and always agreed about that. Enemy Radio was built for that reason, to be a DJ+MC auxiliary unit of Public Enemy, a no-slack homage tossback to DJ+MC roots. It is DJ Lord, myself and Jahi with the S1Ws. Hearing the confused mush of political talk while under the bowels of Trumpotus made me use a presidential stage as my platform. Out of this storm came a plan between Flav and me to remind people that what’s important should have as much, if not more, value than just what’s popular. Thus came the HOAX, our ‘War Of The Worlds.’ Believe half of what you hear and NONE of what you see.”
He also used the hoax to illustrate how the media disproportionately covers bad news over good news when it comes to hip hop. While Public Enemy has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, received a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award and toured the world for over 30 years including performances at Coachella and Glastonbury, it was the conflict between the group’s frontmen that made Chuck D a trending topic on social media and garnered global media attention. Read Chuck D’s full statement on the HOAX here.
“So it’s April 1, 2020 and as we hoard food and empty store shelves, Chuck D and Flavor Flav hijack it as April ‘FlavChuck’ Day to end the HOAX with Enemy Radio’s new song, ‘FOOD AS A MACHINE GUN.’ ‘Don’t Believe The Hype’ 2020 style” says Chuck D. “That’s right, this is Enemy Radio featuring Public Enemy, with more around the corner: Enemy Radio’s debut album, ‘LOUD IS NOT ENOUGH,’ is here. ‘FOOD AS A MACHINE GUN’ is the first taste, an attack on the food industrial machine that opens minds to the direct need, dependency and necessity – yet killer – of our current lives, taking inspiration from Kristin Lawless and her book, ‘Formerly Known As Food.'”
“The industrial world food machine rolls like gangbangers in the 21st century of chaos. Who protects us from the weapon formerly known as food?” asks Chuck.
“The cracks in our food system have busted wide open,” explains Lawless. “The way we produce our food has helped to create this pandemic and the poor-quality products we consume leave us vulnerable to infection. Radical change around food production is required now if we want to prevent future pandemics, protect our planet and save our lives.”
“Does it take doing crazy shit or catastrophe to wake people up? Obviously so, even when paying attention is the cheapest price to pay,” he continues. “So if you got that in your wallet, Enemy Radio is serving up ‘FOOD AS A MACHINE GUN.'”
Public Enemy formally fired legendary rapper and hypeman Flavor Flav after he issued a cease and desist letter to attempt to prevent Public Enemy, currently calling themselves “Public Enemy Radio ” a.k.a. “Public Enemy -FTP (Fight The Power) on some of their social media, from performing at a Los Angeles rally for United States Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. The group, fronted by co-founder and sole owner of the rights to the group, Chuck D., did, in fact, perform at the rally Sunday. This comes just one day after all the parties squared off on social media , with Chuck D. saying he would give Flav “one year to get it together” or be kicked out. Public Enemy can be seen taking the stage, followed by their performance at the 1:57.00 mark of the video. Continue reading
As new spreads around the globe of the passing of drumming and Progressive Music Giant Neil Peart, reactions have been swift and the outpouring deep. Beginning with a statement from Rush band members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, many icons of the music world themselves, including many great Canadians, commented on the profound impact Peart had on us all. Fans have joined in the world over with their tributes as well. We’ll have more information about this tragic and terrible loss for the music world as it develops. Continue reading
With the news of the reunion of Rage Against the Machine, Prophets of Rage’s chapter as a band carrying on that legacy is now over. That supergroup included Tom Morello (guitar), Brad Wilk (drums) and Tim Commerford of RATM along with HipHop legends Chuck D of Public Enemy and B-Real of Cypress Hill. Just after the RATM reunion was announced for a series of shows in 2020, including an appearance at next year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Chuck and B-Real each posted to social media confirming their band is done.
As we reported yesterday, hip-hop and rock supergroup Prophets of Rage have finished their next album, due later in 2018. Hear the explosive first single now, “Heart Afire” Continue reading
Once in a while, the art that society needs to help it pull through collective dark times comes along right at the precise time. In another life, that album would have been a new album from a reunited Rage Against The Machine, the legendary rap-rock band. However, what we’ve got instead is the début full-length album from Prophets of Rage, the supergroup with members of Rage, Public Enemy, and Cypress Hill added in for good measure. After an EP and a slew of singles telegraphing the powder keg of potential greatness to come had dropped, the full meal real deal thing is here. Forget about the quarter of the album already released, and the hype train pulling into the station. Prophets of Rage, may not save the world, but they coming out swinging, making damn sure they will try. Continue reading
Hip-Hop/Metal supergroup Prophets Of Rage featuring members of Public Enemy, Cypress Hill, and Rage Against The Machine have dropped a new video for their new track ‘Unfuck The World’. Directed by Michael Moore, you can watch the video below. Continue reading
Record Store Day continues to help lend support to small businesses and local music stores that keep the experience of artist discovery alive every April and November.Today’s Record Store Day Black Friday event will see releases from across rock, metal, punk, indie and pop music this year. More details and a full shopping list for the discerning fan can be found below: Continue reading
Prophets Of Rage wrapped up their “Make America Rage Again Tour” last month, and they’ve just shared one more live clip from the historic trek online. Continue reading