Prophets of Rage
Formed in 2016 by la crème de la crème in American music history, The Prophets of Rage is a group that is determined to make some noise. Chuck D from Public Enemy at the mic; Tom Morello at the guitar, along with fellow Rage Against the Machine members, Brad Wilk at the drums, and Tim Commerford as vocalist and bassist; and to top it all off, Cypress Hill’s B Real: these are the five members of this super group that has taken America by storm.
It is not a coincidence that Prophets of Rage formed only recently. The year 2016 has been a very busy year politically speaking for the United States of America. Several candidates have run in the hopes of becoming the next President of the Free World, but all along it seemed clear to most that the real Presidential battle was fought by two unmatchable representatives: Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party, and Donald Trump as the presumptive nominee for the Good Ol’ Party (GOP), the Republicans.
Chuck D and his fellow band members have engaged exactly in what seems to be a campaign against Trump’s behavior and political views. In fact, according to Morello himself, the group is nothing more than “An elite task force of revolutionary musicians determined to confront this mountain of election year bullshit, and confront it head-on with Marshall stacks blazing.” However, Morello does also say that their music is not against one candidate in particular. Rather, he adds, “This music doesn’t have an ideological litmus test to listen to it. It’s for everybody — Republican, Democrat, independent and anarchist — who feels deep down that the system is messed up.”
Either way, it seems to be very clear that this politically charged group is out to rage against the Good Ol’ Party. In fact, soon after their formation was announced to the public, they also launched a tour, whose title clearly plays on Donald Trump’s campaign motto: Make America Great Again. Moreover, the band plans on opening their tour in Cleveland on July 19th, exactly during the Republican National Convention. To fans of Public Enemy and Rage Against the Machine, the political nature of Prophets of Rage does not come as a surprise. Rather, it might even have been predictable. Both groups are well known for being politically charged. After all, the Hip-Hop group Public Enemy rose to fame during a period of racial controversies in the US, during which black Americans felt as though white America was targeting them and making them the scapegoat of everything that was wrong within American society. With their album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988), the group, formed by Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff, DJ Lord, and Khari Wynn, went on to release hit singles, and politically-filled lyrics, Don’t Believe the Hype and Bring the Noise.
Rage Against the Machine was a group that was known for their leftist political views and that called for a revolution within the American political world. Their music was known for being a mix of Hip-Hop, rock, and heavy metal, a mix that proved to be a winning point and that has carried over in Prophets of Rage. With hits like Killing in the Name, the band was able to reach immediate success. Although they broke up in 2000, Rage Against the Machine has managed to still be very influential with other generations, who have always wished nothing more than being able to see the group perform live in concert.
The group is set to play hit songs from Public Enemy, Rage Against the Machine, and Cypress Hill, along with brand new songs of Prophets of Rage. Judging by fans’ response to surprise concerts that the group has held so far, the public has truly missed these artists, and judging by how much passion and effort the members of Prophets of Rage have been putting into this new group, the musicians has missed their fans just as much.