To revolutionise make a change nothing’s strange.
People, people we are the same…
Elvis, was a hero to most.
But he never meant shit to me you see straight up racist that sucker was,
Simple and plain.
Mother fuck him and John Wayne.
Cause I’m Black and I’m proud,
I’m ready and hyped plus I’m amped.
Most of my heroes don’t appear on no stamps.
Public Enemy – Fight The Power (1989)
Told you we’d hear from some people who didn’t have much time for Elvis…
A seminal track for Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing (the year before Fear of a Black Planet was released), a film that explored racial tensions in Brooklyn. The classic opening credits scene stars Rosie Perez (her film debut), whilst the political rally Public Enemy video can be found below.
Chuck D has acknowledged that Fight The Power was “the most important record that Public Enemy have done”.