WHAT I’M LISTENING TO NOW: PROPHETS OF RAGE

September 26th, 2017

I learned of Chuck D’s and Tom Morello’s project—Prophets of Rage (from Prophets of Rage, 1988/2011)—in an interview by David Greene. I immediately ordered the CD and I’m listening to it this evening.

The music is powerful. MARA: Make America Rage Again.

Dorian Lynskey, in Prophets of Rage: ‘We’re the soundtrack to the resistance!’ for The Guardian, writes:

It started with a tweet. On 12 April last year, Tom Morello was watching CNN when he saw the news: “Trump rages against the GOP machine.” Rage Against the Machine, the pioneering LA rap-metal band that Morello formed in 1991, may have been the most radically leftwing group ever to headline arenas but a name that catchy is bound to be commandeered for other kinds of rage against different machines. Morello took a screenshot and tweeted it with the words: “This isn’t exactly what we were thinking.”

Clearly the gods of protest music were telling him to do something. Less than two months later, Morello had formed the supergroup Prophets of Rage, a kind of rap-rock Avengers featuring Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford from Rage, Chuck D and DJ Lord from Public Enemy and B-Real from Cypress Hill. “This was a five-alarm fire,” Morello says. “Raise your hand if you want to save the country!”

Not since Rebel Diaz’s cover of Florence Reece’s Which Side Are You On have I heard protest music this strong. Buy the CD, buy the LP. Listen. Repeat.

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