Earlier in the week the website ProphetsOfRage.com popped up, carrying nothing but the hashtag/slogan #TakeThePowerBack and a countdown to May 31st. Those curious enough to enter their email address in the accompanying box received the not so ambiguous message “The Party’s Over Summer 2016. #TakethePowerBack”. Queue the torrent of Rage Against The Machine reunion rumours.
However, it’s now been revealed that this is not the reunion that some were hoping for. Instead Prophets of Rage signals the birth of (yet another) ‘Supergroup’, formed of Cypress Hill’s B-Real, Public Enemy’s Chuck-D and Rage Against The Machine members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk. Zach de la Rocha will not be involved. I repeat, Zach de la Rocha will not be involved.
There will be some disappointment and sense of anticlimax from Rage fans. After all, if you tease them with a hashtag like that, accompanied by a graphic of a closed fist held in the air, words and imagery synonymous with the band, only to reveal it’s all been for the launch of yet another ‘Supergroup’, some may huff with an Audioslave shaped indifference.
But there is hope, with the presence of Chuck-D, one of the most important figures in political and social conscious music (ever), Prophets of Rage could be something even more relevant and significant than just a RATM reunion. Especially considering the current political shit-storm happening in the US.
In the meantime, as we wait for the full details on just what the Prophets Of Rage have planned, here’s some Public Enemy (the clue is in the title).