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Public Enemy at BottleRock 2015: 'We're In a Situation of Domestic Terror'

Before helping launch the opening day of BottleRock 2015 on Friday, May 29, Public Enemy's Chuck D and PE 2.0's Jahi visited Billboard backstage to discuss the current state of affairs in America.

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"It would be nice to say we're in a peaceful state but we're not. We're in a situation of domestic terror, especially as it relates to black men, so our music speaks to that," Jahi says, referencing the PE 2.0 song "People Get Ready." 

Chuck D agreed, noting that he'd like to see government take a smaller role in people's lives.

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"There's still fear of people coming together," Chuck D says. "I would like to see the music and the culture continue to be liberating and I would like to see government step back from their control. Governments have increased their control. They don't want human beings to move around the planet earth."

Public Enemy will be releasing a new album this summer titled Man Plans God Laughs, he added. The legendary hip-hop group performed on Friday at Napa Valley's BottleRock, where they made it clear that they'd like to see the Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA finals.

Watch the full interview in the video above.