Prophets of Rage – the supergroup/“elite task force of revolutionary musicians” featuring members of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill – explore Western culture’s damning stereotypes on their thunderous new track “Radical Eyes.”
Frontmen Chuck D and B-Real alternate rhymes on the song, anchored by a bluesy groove that at times recalls the explosiveness of Rage Against the Machine’s 1996 anthem “Bulls on Parade.” “They say we’re radicalized/ See our radical eyes,” the rappers declare over Tim Commerford’s funky fuzz bass and Tom Morello’s spacey guitar effects.
“The Western world has created biased structures and stereotypes,” Chuck D said of the track in a statement. “Opposing viewpoints and movements are seen as radical rather than diversity. ‘Radical Eyes’ is the lens everything is viewed through, any life movement in opposition is considered radicalized.”
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“Radical Eyes” highlights Prophets of Rage’s upcoming self-titled debut LP, out September 15th. The album also features previously issued cuts “Unfuck the World” and “Living on the 101,” the latter of which paired with a video examining the homeless crisis along the titular Los Angeles highway.
The band will celebrate the album release with a tour launching September 7th in Boston. The trek – which includes several festival dates, including Riot Fest in Chicago and Voodoo Music & Arts Experience in New Orleans – currently concludes with a November 4th slot at Ozzfest in San Bernardino, California, though additional dates are expected to be announced.