"Prophets of Rage" New Sounds of the Revolution
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New Sounds of Revolution
Prophets of Rage is an American supergroup. Formed in 2016, the group consists of Rage Against the Machine's bassist and backing vocalist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello, and drummer Brad Wilk, with Public Enemy's Chuck D and DJ Lord and Cypress Hill's B-Real. Prophets of Rage says "We can no longer stand on the sidelines of history. Dangerous times demand dangerous songs. It's time to take the power back."
The band's name derives from the title of the Public Enemy song "Prophets of Rage" from their 1988 album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back.
#ProphetsOfRage: Inside New RATM, Public Enemy, Cypress Hill Supergroup https://t.co/E5gBOdNmHZ @RollingStone #ECOWR pic.twitter.com/Tyq3qknwLT— EcoworldReactor (@EcoworldReactor) July 19, 2016
Tom Morello declared to Rolling Stone: "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."
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Rap metal funk metal hip hop
Years active 2016–present
Associated acts Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy & Cypress Hill
Tom Morello - Chuck D - B-Real - Brad Wilk - Tim Commerford - DJ Lord
“From the mind of Tom Morello, who I strongly agree with, I think this was a thing that is rooted in the Rage Against the Machine tradition,” reflects Chuck D. “We want to be able to take protest culture and put it into some kind of consciousness. What better place to be, and what better time than now?”
Tom Morello recently quoted Martin Luther King, Jr. in an interview with Bloomberg Politics, remarking, “There’s no hotter place in hell than for people who remain neutral in times of moral conflict.”
Take the Power Back: Prophets of Rage Descend on the Republican National Convention https://t.co/LAwcgQcBMz #music— Allison de Jollie (@summer_girlie) July 18, 2016
“Every convention that goes by that we’re not a part,” he continues, “I’m always like, ‘God, we should be there kicking this convention in the nuts!’ So here we are at the convention for Donald Trump, a guy I gotta say is Hitler. He doesn’t like women. He doesn’t like Mexican people. He doesn’t like Muslims. He doesn’t like gays and lesbians. And he’s rallied up a bunch of backwards, racist people to show up at the polls and vote. We need to rally up like-minded people to throw a wrench in his face!”
"We can no longer stand on the sidelines of history. Dangerous times demand dangerous songs. It's time to take the power back."
Hear Prophets of Rage's fiery new song, titled "Prophets of Rage" https://t.co/Uno0Jpx2Ef pic.twitter.com/VIjInX0osL— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) July 18, 2016
Watch Prophets of Rage perform at Cleveland rallies near RNC https://t.co/0QhcoGE6n8— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) July 19, 2016
“We have a really fucked-up system,” Commerford agrees. “The electoral college is something I’ve never understood. It doesn’t make any sense to me and seems like a way to prevent America from getting the person they really want to be president. At the end of the day, you have these swing states that are ultimately going to decide who’s going to be president. I just think it’s fucked up. It needs to be smashed, and I love trying to use music to do that.”
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