Prophets of Rage is a new supergroup bringing together Chuck D from Public Enemy, Cypress Hill’s B-Real, and Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford from Rage Against the Machine (RATM). It has presumably been formed to encourage US citizens to hit the streets ahead of the US elections later this year.
RATM frontman Zack de la Rocha chose not to reunite with the group for this year’s tour, but has given his blessing to the project. At the same time, Chuck D insists that the Prophets of Rage are not an attempt to replace Zack, and that he will just “keep the seat warm for whenever Zack de la Rocha wants to come in”.
The best thing about the project is probably that alternative politics are being thrust into the public debate yet again. Guitarist Tom Morello, for example, has appeared on TV in recent weeks critiquing the exploitation at the heart of capitalism and insisting that change will only come from below – not by hoping that Bernie Sanders will somehow solve all of the USA’s problems.
See more of Morello’s comments here:
And see one of the first Prophets of Rage performances here: