“Fight the Power”
The defiant rap group first recorded what is perhaps their best-known song for the Spike Lee movie Do the Right Thing. Built on multiple layers of samples beginning with the agitated bass pattern from "Hot Pants Road" by James Brown's backing group the J.B.'s, the song was a provocative call to arms for would-be revolutionaries. Frontman Chuck D once called the song the group's "most important record . . . It was written to be an anthem, at a particular time that needed an anthem."