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Hear debut single from Rage Against the Machine supergroup Prophets of Rage

by Stephen Charlton2016/07/18

Rap metal super group Prophets of Rage just revealed their debut single “Prophets of Rage”. The band features all members of Rage Against the Machine except frontman Zack de la Rocha. On the mic is Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Cypress Hill’s B-Real. This may not be a full Rage Against the Machine reunion but damn it’s good to hear some new music from the group in their original style. Tom Morello’s projects in recent years haven’t quite cut it compared to this.

New single covers Public Enemy’s “Prophets of Rage”

The new single is a cover of Public Enemy’s “Prophets of Rage“, which was cut from their 1988 album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. The song now features a verse from B-Real and of course it got a rap-rock workover. The new music sounds like Rage Against the Machine’s debut album mixed with some of the guitar experimentation of The Battle of Los Angeles, their third album. The latter isn’t surprising as the production was handled by Brendan O’Brien, who also produced Evil Empire and The Battle Of Los Angeles.

“Prophets of Rage” will be available as a digital download and will hit streaming services later in the day. It will also be featured on the debut EP, which is due for release later in the year. Next Monday the band will perform the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

The band made the following statement on their Twitter:

“In a year we won’t soon forget, “Prophets of Rage” is a song/band for those who feel they no longer have a voice.”

Prophets of Rage protest Republican National Convention with pop-up shows

The band are about to kick of the 31-date Make American Rage Again US tour today at The Agora in Cleveland. Prophets of Rage promised to “cause a ruckus” in the city, which is currently hosting the 2016 Republican National Convention. In addition to the show at The Agora, the band will do a free show today at The End Poverty Now! rally and additional pop-up gigs. The band is yet to announce where yet so they can stay ahead of law enforcement shutdowns.

Last Friday the group did a free warm-up show on a rooftop in Los Angeles’ Skid Row. The area has one of the largest populations of homeless people in the US.

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Stephen Charlton
Stephen Charlton is a musician and journalist based in Melbourne, Australia.

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