Fight the Power 2020: Public Enemy drop controversial hip-hop remix 31 years later

Public Enemy released new track/LUCAS JACKSON, REUTERS

Fight the Power returns in 2020.

Blog King, Mass Appeal

NEW YORK — Public Enemy released a new video for the remix of its 1989 single “Fight the Power” on Friday and, unfortunately, racism is just as rampant now as it was 31 years ago. The video “Fight the Power 2020” shows group proprietors Chuck D, 60, and Flavor Flav, 61, spittin’ lyrics in succor of “Black Lives Matter” protesters and victims of police brutality. They also resumed their verbal assault on the “King of Rock and Roll,” Elvis Presley, and “The Duke,” John Wayne. “Elvis was a hero to most but he never meant sh*t to me. You see, he’s straight up racist that sucker was simple and plain,” Chuck rapped.

“Mother f*ck him and John Wayne!” Flav added.

The song also features guest verses from Nas, Rapsody, Black Thought, Jahi, YG and QuestLove. Last week, Public Enemy recommenced its alliance with Def Jam Recordings following a 20-year lacuna. The group’s new album “What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down” is scheduled for release September 25th. “Public Enemy songs are forever sonic prints in the sands of time,” Chuck explained. “And it’s time – it’s necessary – to bring the noise again from a place called home. Def Jam. Fight the Power 2020.”

Watch the new video.

Share your thoughts.

47 comments

  1. 2020 song of the year!

  2. Brandon Garlock

    Chuck is a beast

  3. reggie d rock reg

    This video really shows that even if you try to get the young artists involved on this kind of project the majority of the youth don’t care about the struggle
    They just don’t care.
    If they cared this video would go viral the next day of its release
    Smh

  4. 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

  5. Fight The Power ✊🏾🙏🏾

  6. Never before has the world needed PE more than now.

  7. Dope af, get Ice Cube, Scarface and Willie D on this and remix it again! 💯

  8. Don’t forget to go vote people everybody GO VOTE another way we fight the power.

  9. Mr. Chatman, Jr

    Rapsody! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

  10. Keeping the Elvis line 👍👍👍

  11. It’s about time .I was wondering when . public enemy.was gonna say something ..❤️🖤💚✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾👍🏾

  12. Phillip Wilson

    Damn, that was good!

  13. THE REAL KING KOBRA C DENIRO

    MOST OF MY HEROES DON’T APPEAR ON NO STAMP ‼🖤

  14. Antwan Mcphaul

    Respect ✌🏿✊🏿

  15. Kevin Robinson Sr

    The greatest rap song ever back in 1989. PE was ahead of it’s time.

  16. Sad that this is still relevant, but great to hear it again, with some extra hot sauce!

  17. Rap flow ….real stuff…🌬👍

  18. Dope.💣💣💣💣

  19. They should have brought Sister Soulja back👀 ” we are at war”

  20. Go heaaaad CHUCK!😎😎😎😎😎😎

  21. Man these guys were the first to impress social and positive awareness upon me. P E for life man

  22. Seems clear that we’ll always have to fight the power. Keep it up!!

  23. Black Hole Rainbow

    I’m an old school hardcore/metal head and damn, this feels so fucking good! Rightous rage!

  24. Straight FIRE! Instant Classic!

  25. Still my #1 ❤❤❤❤❤

  26. Nothing but love & respect for PE 👊🏻💯
    ✊🏻

  27. 👀👀👀

  28. Clifton Thomas

    Love It!!!! 1989. 2020….

  29. This old ass beat shoulda been updated

  30. See this is the type of stuff a good chunk of today’s rapper WON’T do and that’s go against the grain. They to busy worrying about their money flow instead of there self respect.

  31. Chucks verse about Elvis and John Wayne still gives me chills!!!

  32. Righteous Shadows Dojo

    You won’t hear this on the radio.

  33. I’m all for them, fight the power from back in the day. Love nas, hes on my list at 2, Rakim at 1 on my list. But this BLM right here is trash. Those looters dont even like your music but yet you fighting for them. Actually you know what, they hate your music, because it’s too lyrical for them. But fuck it, do whatever

  34. I’m am in full support of this movement! But as a latina first generation sista who trump would derogatorily call an “anchor baby” i would love to see more black and brown power messages together. We are fighting the same battles and together can be so much more powerful 👊

  35. Wow… now we’re talking 👍👍 we need more of this, PE in effect… Yeah boy…. 🎶🎵🎶🎵👍🥊🥊

  36. Very cool song. But to keep it real, a lot of these conscious Black Power Militant Rappers like CHUCK D, NAS, KRS 1, BLACK THOUGHT , DEAD PREZ and a few more do not be out there on the front line at protest, marches or any other kind of physical movement, they just rap about the struggle , then go back into their Million Dollar Homes safe and sound. Lol…….. Much respect to NICK CANNON and the rapper MYSONNE, them 2 be out there literally on the FRONT LINE attending many Marches and protests, Mysonne was even arrested a few Times for the movement.

  37. Aury Odilon Sabushimike

    Black Anthem of the year🙌🏿👑👑👑🙏🏿

  38. SymboltheRapperMusic

    Rapsody killed it

  39. Can we get a “stop the violence” and “we all in the same gang” for 2020?

  40. Chuck D is so underrated having that strong voice & consciousness of an elder back in his 20’s make 20 year ol’s today look sad. Chuck D was literally in his early mid 20’s back in the late 80’s let that sink in.

  41. Crowned Prince

    BROWN LIVES MATTER..!!!
    💪😎💨💨🔥🔥🔥

  42. where is Ice Cube and Big Daddy Kane?

  43. That’s my anthem for 2020👊🏾💪🏾💯🙏🏾❤️🇺🇸👀☝🏾 it’s time to cut the check…….WeComing!

  44. Song was garbage. This will never hold up to the original. They shouldn’t have touched a classic with a bullsh*t remix just for views and likes.

  45. Romple Clatterbart

    white, black, yellow, red, brown. WE ALL HAVE TO FIGHT THE POWER

  46. What’s funny is they burn down black business and black children are murdered they say NOTHING!

  47. DJ Shawty Swag

    Lit 🔥 AsF 🔥🔥🔥💯💯💯

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