Fight the Power – Public Enemy


With riots happening all across the United States due to the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer there has never been a more fitting song to capsulize the moment.

Public Enemy released the song Fight The Power in the summer of 1989 after the song was written at the request of Spike Lee who was looking for a title song for his film Do The Right Thing.

The movie Do The Right Thing explores a Brooklyn neighborhood’s simmering racial tension, which culminates in violence and a death on a hot summer day. Sound familiar?

With everything that is happening in the world it makes you wonder what ever happened to rap music being a voice for the people? Where are the rappers calling for social and political change through their music?

The majority of today’s rappers are content with letting the world know about how many cars they have and how many women they’ve conquered but few if any these days have the courage to deliver a message in the same manner of Pubic Enemy, N.W.A, Ice T and many more did during the late 80’s and early 90’s.


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