They say great protest songs never go out if style. As proof of that statement check out Public Enemy with the release of Fight The Power 2020. The final track from 1989’s Fear Of A Black Planet, was the ultimate ststement of purpose and is as relevant today as it was 31 years ago. The new video includes group founders Chuck D and Flavor Flav along with many images and scenes from recent Black Lives Matter protests, as well as guest verses or appearances from Nas, Rapsody, YG, Jahi and the Roots’ Black Thought and Questlove (see video below).
Nas’ lyric addressed both the current political and paid tribute to Public Enemy:
“Yo Chuck, I’m fighting the power right now/Thanks to you, Flav and PE putting it down/Putting your life on the line so I can rap now.”
The group, which announced last week that it has returned to Def Jam Recordings after more than 20 years and is releasing a new album next month, has officially released the video.
The song, originally featured in Spike Lee’s film “Do the Right Thing,” is the first single from the group’s forthcoming new studio album “What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down,” set for release via Def Jam on September 25.
While Fighting The Power its okay to protest the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Jacob Blake and too many others, we don;t to go that far because we have Black and Brown lives lost at the hands of the police in Westchester County like; Kenneth Chamberlain Sr (White Plains), MVPD Detective Christopher Ridley (White Plains), Raynette Turner (Mount Vernon), Dario Tena (Yonkers), Samuel Cruz (New Rochelle), Danroy ‘DJ’ Henry (Pleasantville, N.Y), Kamal Flowers (New Rochelle), Jonathan Maldonado (Greenburgh), Ramarley Graham (NE Bronx, 5 miles from Mount Vernon), Felix Kumi (Mount Vernon), just to name a few.
While we are out there Fighting The Power let us never forget the local lives lost at the hands of law enforcement!