With tensions dangerously high during this election year, Public Enemy release a reinvigorated edition of their classic “Fight The Power” complete with appropriate visual.
The new version of the group’s iconic 1989 song was used as the opening track for the 2020 BET Awards along with group founders Chuck D and Flavor Flav, a myriad of images from recent Black Lives Matter protests, and guest verses and/or appearances from Nas, Rapsody, YG, Jahi and the Roots’ Black Thought and Questlove. Just last week Chuck and Flav announced their return to Def Jam Recordings after more than 20 years, and to celebrate, they dropped the “Fight The Power” visual.
“Cultural Institutions are important. Being an integral part of one is an honor bestowed and to uphold,” says the group’s Chuck D. “Public Enemy songs are forever sonic prints in the sands of time. And it’s time – it’s necessary – to bring the noise again from a place called home. Def Jam. Fight the Power 2020.”
The song, originally featured in Spike Lee’s film “Do the Right Thing,” is the first single from the group’s forthcoming new studio album What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down, set for release via Def Jam on September 25th.