If you’re wondering when the next socially and politically conscious music would debut, rocking the eardrums of millions nationwide and around the globe, your desires have been answered. Gods of Funk Metal and Hip Hop have aligned to compose melodies that could potentially tame the savage beast. Yes, members of Rage, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill have come together to form what feels like a tsunami brewing in the distant sea. This much anticipate album is set to drop this September, a month which carries the burden of heightened social consciousness and mourning.
‘We’re not a supergroup,’ says Tom Morello. ‘We’re 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.’
The first single, ‘Unfuck the World’, is as heavy as the title suggests. As the opening sirens and drum beats hit, you find yourself suddenly holding your breath while your heart skip a beat as this familiar Rage flows through your veins. Acclaimed director, filmmaker, and activist Michael Moore, assembled the music video which opens up with post-industrial era images and slogan reading ‘Responsibilities of American Citizenship’, this before the world was introduced, for the first time, to “The Prophets of Rage”. Front and center stands two tall Hip Hop Gods, Chuck-D, and self-made King of Cannabis Breal. Behind and next to the two hip-hop legends stood, lead guitarist and dragon slayer – Tom Morello and Rage Against the Machine bandmates Tim Commerford on Bass, and Brad Wilk on the drums. Coming from a generation where conscious lyrics were a constant, the five legends stand overlooking the masses while holding their fists in the air.
Rise-up and make way for the supreme duo on the mic, Chuck-D & Breal, and neither of these original gansta’s be bluffin. ‘It all happened pretty organically’ says Tom, who says he called Chuck-D and texted Breal to discuss the collaboration. ‘Actually, Tom talked to my wife first. She’s very deep into the politics of Latinos, Blacks, inequalities and stuff like that. They had a great conversation. For years I heard the rumor that Zack isn’t going to perform with Rage and they’ll need someone to fill in.’ said Chuck-D, later explaining that he spoke directly to Tom and said ‘Sure’.
‘Everywhere I go, people ask, “What are you guys going to do?” People are frustrated that this music has not been out in the world to fight for them; music without compromise or apology.’ said Tom.
‘We’d (Tom) always talked about working together’ said Breal. Tom helped Breal produce two songs on the Cypress Hill album Rise Up. ‘What he said to me was along the lines of, “The people need a voice right now. People need to hear these songs; a message.” I was all about that. I’m not necessarily known for being in the political realm outside of legalization and whatnot. But I do have my beliefs. I think he valued that and decided to give me a call. I agreed that people need a voice right now. If we can serve that, I’m all for it.’ said Breal.
For now, the enlightened disciples have not announced plans for an official tour. With that said, The Prophets of Rage have already made their world debut on May 31st, 2017 at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles and Brooklyn’s Warsaw center before that, and made some real fucking waves when they performed for those incarcerated in Norco Penitentiary, those homeless in Los Angeles's Skid Row district, and at the protest rally show outside of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Rise-up.