Prophets Of Rage, the rap/rock supergroup featuring the instrumental members of Rage Against The Machine alongside Public Enemy‘s Chuck D and Cypress Hill‘s B-Real, has released its first studio recording. The track, titled “Prophets Of Rage,” is described as a “new original song” but reworks a significant portion of the lyrics from the Public Enemy tune of the same name that appeared on the 1988 album It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back.

  • The band tweeted a message about the song, saying, “In a year, we won’t soon forget, ‘Prophets Of Rage’ is a song/band for those who feel they no longer have a voice.”
  • Guitarist Tom Morello told us that in his view it isn’t enough to just vote: [“There’s still this kind of false belief that just by voting, that’s your only responsibility. And then you can say, ‘Well, I voted and so, you know, even though we’re in this immoral war, you know, I voted for the other guy, so it’s not really my fault.’ But it’s not merely through voting that they can change the world. They have to get out there and do it.”] SOUNDCUE (:18 OC: . . . and do it.)
  • The Prophets said that they had entered the studio recently to record a song called “The Party’s Over,” but that recording has yet to surface.
  • Meanwhile, Prophets Of Rage also played a series of shows across Cleveland on Monday (July 18th) in protest of the Republican National Convention, which also kicked off in the city on Monday.
  • One of their performances was a somewhat traditional set by the full band, while the other featured Chuck and B-Real performing to their own music from a boombox. The band is scheduled to perform again in Cleveland on Tuesday (July 19th).
  • Prophets Of Rage made their live debut in May in Los Angeles, playing numbers from all three acts. A full tour kicks off on August 19th.

CHECK IT OUT: Listen to “Prophets Of Rage”:

INTERNET COMMENTS at The PRPAlternative Nation and Blabbermouth — agree or not?

Brutus wrote: “Literally no one cares about this band. As was clear by them having to cancel tour dates because of REALLY poor ticket sales.”

Pink Taco wrote: “It’s s**t. These blokes are phoning it in. It’s cliche RATM, nothing original at all, and they had the cheesy siren. CRINGEY.”

Raj wrote: “Yeah, nothing creative or unique. Come on you guys could do a lot better, it sounds like a Rage song or similar to Bring the Noise but not as good.”

TonyClifton wrote: “Sounds good! Looking forward to next track.”

Jeremy Lynch wrote: “I guess I am in the minority, but I don’t mind it. If nothing else, it is nice to see some of RATM making new music and I am a long time fan of P.E., so Chuck’s presence pleases me.”

Kevin Medina wrote: “I love Chuck’s voice, it’s gotten even better w/ age, but when B-Real starts in, it sinks it. Other than that, it’s a SOP Rage song. If you hated them to begin with, this won’t convince you.”