- 07 Aug 17
The debut album from rock-hip hop supergroup Prophets Of Rage is an incendiary state of the nation address.
The weekend before I interviewed ex-Cypress Hill man B-Real about his new agit-prop outfit Prophets Of Rage – a supergroup formed alongside Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello – I caught some of Prophets’ Download performance during Sky Arts’ coverage of the festival. In a blistering performance of Rage’s classic ‘Killing In The Name Of’, B-Real and Chuck’s tag-team act saw them change the verse to, “Some of those that burn crosses / Are the same that hold office”.
The symbolism of the PE icon delivering such a line could not be ignored, making for one of the most powerful live moments of the year.
“It feels like people are embracing it from what we’ve been seeing at the shows,” acknowledges B-Real, speaking down the line from LA. “In terms of the background to the band, I’ve been a fan of Rage Against The Machine for many years, and we’ve done tours together and so on. We’ve had a friendship for a long time and the same goes for Public Enemy. So coming in to do these particular songs feels very natural.”