Earlier this week a new website landed and set the internet into a frenzy. The site is called prophetsofrage.com and hinted towards a new project involving Rage Against The Machine and possible Public Enemy. The site simply features a countdown clock with the hashtag #takethepowerback and experienced server problems throughout its launch day due to huge amounts of traffic.
Now details have emerged that Prophets of Rage are actually a new super-group consisting of members from Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill. According to a report on Billboard Public Enemy's Chuck D and Cypress Hill's B-Real will join forces with Rage against the machine members Tom Morelly, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk to create the new mega-group Prophets of Rage.
The group will make their debut with appearance at Hollywood Palladium on June 3, notably, that's just 4 days before the California primary for this year’s presidential election. Given how outspoken many of the members of the group have been on political issues over the decades, the show is likely to be quite a firestorm.
They'll be performing RATM tracks alongside selections from the Public Enemy and Cypress Hill back catalogues. But it’s not the first time fans have had a chance to hear RATM’s Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk working with the rappers.
Chuck D worked with Tom Morello, Travis Barker and DJ Z-Trip on the LL Cool J track ‘Whaddup’ which they debuted during the 2013 Grammy Awards telecast. But has also worked with the full RATM crew back in the ’90s teaming up with the band on a live version of ‘Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos’ – a track that originally appeared on Public Enemy’s 1988 classic It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us alongside the song that has inspired the supergroup’s name, ‘Prophets of Rage’.
Back in 1993 Rage Against the Machine shared the bill with Cypress Hill on tour forming a close bond with the group. They later covered ‘How I Could Just Kill a Man’ on their Renegades record in 2000 with both B-Real and Sen Dog appearing on a live version of the track that appeared as a bonus track on the album.
We can't wait to see these outspoken and politically driven individuals coming together. We may well be in for a real treat!