Not content to stick to the explosive catalog of hits by their respective bands, protest supergroup Prophets of Rage unleashed a new self-titled single on Monday morning (July 18), just a day before they’re set to rock the Agora Theatre in Cleveland during the kick-off of the Republican National Convention.
Opening with the sound of an air raid siren, a martial drum beat and a whispered “clear the way,” the single “Prophets of Rage” is propelled by a classic bombastic guitar riff from Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello and Public Enemy leader Chuck D’s signature bull-rush rhymes. “With vice I hold the mike device/ With force I keep it away of course/ And I’m keepin’ you from sleepin’/ And on stage I rage/ And I’m rollin’,” D raps in the Brendan O’Brien-produced song with the fist-pumping refrain “Clear the way for the prophets of rage.”
In addition to a new, intense backing track, the update of the song that originally appeared on PE’s landmark 1988 album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back also features a verse from Cypress Hill‘s B-Real, who raps, “With choice became the people’s voice/ Shout loud with the hands up in the crowd/ Raise your fist up,” promising to burn the stage over a predictably thundering backbeat provided by Rage bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk.
The single is slated to feature on an upcoming EP and will be available on Monday through all download and streaming services; you can stream it now on the band’s official site. Prophets of Rage will perform the track on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night. Promising to “Make American Rage Again,” the supergroup’s show in Cleveland on Tuesday night continues a tradition for Morello, Wilk and Commerford, who, with Rage singer Zack de la Rocha, famously played contested shows at the 2000 Democratic National Convention and the 2008 Republican National Convention.
Though they’ll be playing just a few miles away from the heavily fortified Quicken Loans Arena where the RNC will take place, it’s quite possible the group will not limit themselves to a single gig while visiting Ohio. On Friday they played a pop-up show on a rooftop in Los Angeles near the city’s Skid Row, where they performed their signature medley of Rage, PE and Cypress Hill hits.