“The world ain’t going to fix itself,” says Chuck D of Prophets of Rage, the supergroup (with members of Public Enemy, Rage Against the Machine and Cypress Hill) whose self-titled debut is out Sept. 15. With bandmate Tom Morello, he offers this path to political action.
1. "Homeland Security has pretty much endorsed fear to keep people in one place,” says Chuck D. “Get a damn passport” and travel. "I'm always in a world state of mind," he explains. "It would be short-sighted and naive to try to come from the U.S. and think of myself as from any one territory. I call myself a culturalist." Touring in South America recently with Prophets of Rage, he realized, "the attitude [towards the U.S. from outside the U.S.] was, 'What's going on?' [Some Americans] arrogantly think they're cut off from everyone else in the world. We as musicians have a license to bring a logic that governments are not bringing."
2. Read and watch the opposition. “Don’t just pick a news channel that confirms your prejudices,” says Morello, a former senator’s aide. A self-professed native of "Trump country: small-town Illinois," Morello has seen firsthand how people from both sides of the political aisle were tempted to vote for our president. "The way that news is presented is a window into how the world really works," he says. "I read everything from the New York Times to Fox News to the Guardian to the Intercept — it really helps me understand the tectonic plates that move our society, the forces that are engaged in trying to shape and control the world."