According to The Pulse Of Radio, PROPHETS OF RAGE, the supergroup featuring members of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, PUBLIC ENEMY and CYPRESS HILL, salute peaceful protest and slam gun culture in a new video for the song “Strength in Numbers”. The clip touches on the ongoing debate over Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players taking a knee before games during the national anthem to protest police brutality, alternating that with clips of actors in black face and people at gun shows.
The video concludes with a shot of Mike Pence standing during the national anthem at an Indianapolis Colts game earlier this month — a game he then left in a staged photo op when players knelt during the song.
In a statement about the clip, PROPHETS OF RAGE MC Chuck D wrote: “ALMOST anything can be built or toppled with a collective force. A movement is never about an individual. On the opposition of Colin Kaepernick in today’s sports world, we ask ‘is it the KNEE or is it The NEGRO’?”
The Pulse Of Radio asked guitarist Tom Morello if PROPHETS experienced a lot of backlash to their political message. “Of course there is political backlash to what we’re saying, and backlash to the music that we’re playing,” he said. “But if you have ideas that no one complains about and you’re making music that no one complains about, then you probably have pretty shitty ideas and shitty music.”
“Strength in Numbers” appears on PROPHETS OF RAGE‘s self-titled debut LP, which they issued last month.
The group, which plays songs from RAGE, PUBLIC ENEMY and CYPRESS in addition to original material, made its live debut in May 2016 in Los Angeles. They next play at the Voodoo Music Experience festival in New Orleans at the end of this month.