Chuck D (Public Enemy) and Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave, the Nightwatchman) are members of the new supergroup, Prophets Of Rage. They recently sat in on a Talkhouse Podcast to discuss protest music and why new groups are afraid to be overtly political. Their blunt talk is real and they the two music legend speak frankly throughout the interview.
Chuck D kicks off the interview bluntly saying:
“A lot of people are afraid of [speaking about politics in music] […] [Musicians] are afraid to do it right.”
On the lack of music in the public school system, Tom Morello says:
“It’s just a matter of societal priorities that I think is dramatically askew.”
On politics in the radio industry, Tom says:
“On our current record, there are some stations in the red states that will not play a Prophets of Rage song because of the lyrical content, and so you have to be someone that just goes, ‘I don’t fucking care, because this is what I believe in.’ […] but in an age when it’s a near impossibility to make a living as a musician, people make that calculation.”
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