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Public Enemy, 'Fight the Power'

Writers: Chuck D, Eric Sadler, Hank Shocklee, Keith Shocklee
Producers: Sadler, Hank Shocklee
Released: June '89, Def Jam
Did not chart

The opening credits of Spike Lee’s 1989 Do the Right Thing feature a masterpiece from the Bomb Squad production team: a dissonant call to revolution, with a title borrowed from an Isley Brothers funk hit and a groove lifted from the 1972 B side "Hot Pants Road" by the J.B.’s. Public Enemy direct their rage at Elvis Presley, John Wayne and, er, Bobby McFerrin.

Appears on: Fear of a Black Planet (Def Jam)

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