Prophets of Rage: 'Everything Is Political Once You Pay Attention to Something'

"If you're 25 years old and try to pay for your apartment, you better get fucking political in sort sort of way."

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Prophets of Rage: 'Everything Is Political Once You Pay Attention to Something'
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Chuck D of Prophets of Rage and Public enemy talked about the Prophets being a political band, telling Metal Injection:

"We're not afraid of that category, but what I'm saying is what makes a non-political band.

"Everything is political once you pay attention to something. If you're 25 years old and try to pay for your apartment, you better get fucking political in sort sort of way.

"You start to wonder why you can't pay the rent. I think it is misunderstood when people think that younger people don't want to hear what is happening and what effects them.

"And I think Rage Against the Machine, Cypress Hill, and Public Enemy spoke to that, telling people to make their own independent decisions.

"The minute that someone thinks that they are to the left or to the right, you give them a international point of view and they'll be surprised.

"Most people in the United States of America are isolated to these territories, but we've played three continents in front of 2.7 million people.

"So we're going to places where they're left, right, center, whatever. They're like, you're from the United States, so what the fuck is going on with the guy that you have as president."

Prophets of Rage have released their self-titled debut this September, you can stream it in full below.

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    Super-Peanut
    hahaha wow, what a retard
     "And I think Rage Against the Machine, Cypress Hill, and Public Enemy spoke to that, telling people to make their own independent decisions. 
    Unless of course your decision is different from theirs, or heaven forbid you actually voted for trump....then youre automatically wrong and "uneducated"
    jesse1994
    Trump defends pedophiles. That tells you enough about him that anyone who continues to support him are idiots.
    Bollockser
    How bout the Clintons and their innumerable trips to Pedo Island?
    jesse1994
    So it's ok if Republicans do it but if Clintons do it it's bad? Mighty hypocritical of you. Also, I hate the Clintons almost as bad as Trumpsters do, but I'm not going to make wild ass conspiracy theories to hurt their reputation. With Trump you don't need conspiracy theories, he spills the beans every fucking moment.  Point being I hate Clinton and Trump, and you should too if you really hate pedophiles. 
    Bollockser
    I was pointing out how you and so many others go on and on about Trump while completely ignoring how much worse Hillary and the Clinton Machine are.
    jesse1994
    You have a warped sense of "worse". Hilary is done in this country, she is merely a scapegoat for conservatives to deflect from every dumb thing Trump has said. Hilary is very bad, but she is far from worse. You are the one completely ignoring Trump, I'm acknowledging both. You are the hypocrite, any sane person would agree.
    Bollockser
    Ok lets try this again: you bring up Trump, and ignore Hillary. I didnt bring up either, only pointed out if youre going to call out Trump, Hillary is guilty of far worse.  And she's definitely NOT done in this country, she is still causing massive amounts of damage with her year+ long nonstop crybaby blame-fest, stirring up conflict unlike any other defeated POTUS candidate in history. All the rest bowed out gracefully but she just will not shut up and go away.  I dont like either but too many people just cannot stop whining about Trump while giving Hillary a free pass ie, "nothing to see here, move along".
    jesse1994
    That last sentence is what you do with Trump. You ignore everything he does to go after Hilary. I have no doubt Hilary is guilty, as I have said, but you are actively ignoring everything Trump is doing. I don't know if you are doing this to prove a point or are really that deceptive. Either way both are guilty, if you can't accept that whatever, I guess you don't need to believe in facts to go far in this country. Good day, if you want to comment more I've got a third shift job so you'll have to wait. I hope you have a job.
    suicidehummer
    Traveling somewhere (I'm guessing Thailand? I don't keep up on right wing conspiracies) is not equivalent to having multiple accusations of being a pedo. Way to tell us all where you stand, sicko...
    Bollockser
    Where I stand is, defending a pedo and being a pedo kingpin aren't in the same league. Call out Trump, but Hillary and her cronies are guilty of far greater crimes. 
    jesse1994
    And I'd love someone to challenge this opinion, I'm not afraid of a little logical discussion.
    Super-Peanut
    I'm not aware of any pedo's he's defended...I'd assume that would be front page news if he did? Can you send me a source/article or something? No Buzzfeed/Vice/Huffpo or Salon though please, they clearly have an agenda If what you're saying is true though, I would disavow no question Also I'm neither anti or pro Trump. I am against the histrionics and hysteria I constantly see surrounding him. A lot of the times Trump doesn't do himself any favors and definitely has his part in creating the issue, but a lot of the slings and arrows I see thrown at him just simply aren't based in reality whatsoever 
    jesse1994
    Super-Peanut
    I'm on the fence with NYT but I'll accept it 1) The first paragraph of the article certainly states that Trump endorsed Moore, but I do not see any specific quote from Trump himself that is quoted in the article to back this claim. He did however state he was clearly against his opponent Doug Jones. It's easy to see how people could take his opposition against Doug Jones to be an endorsement of Moore, but aside the authors preposition I do not see where he endorsed anyone except Mr.Strange in the article. The only thing he had a clear stance on was the fact that he is against Doug Jones. To your credit though I'm pretty sure I've seen him endorse Moore in other articles, but not this one.  2) I'm assuming Moore is the pedophile you are accusing Trump of endorsing? Here's a WaPo article (who like Salon etc is clearly biased against Trump) explaining why he is not a pedo (assuming he is guilty of what he's accused of) https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/roy-moo...  3) As someone who has been on the wrong end of the criminal justice system in their life as well as being wrongfully accused by someone who stood something to gain; I am a VERY firm believe in "innocent until proven guilty" and due process It's too early to throw the book at Moore, and the timing upon which these accusations have come to light especially within the medias attention is farrrr too convenient for me to accept at face value.  To say that Roy Moore is a pedophile beyond a reasonable doubt without trial, question or anything further is neither fair nor just.  In fact automatically condemning him as such without a trial or further investigation and evidence is in and of itself a form of fascism To be honest I haven't been following the Moore investigation super closely, but if you like I can provide sources to a number of articles of interest that cast a great deal of doubt on the accusers and their accusations
    TreyR
    There are educated inteligent Trump voters, they are called Russians...rekt
    Super-Peanut
    kek Choose a side Either Russians/foreigners/illegals can't vote, or Trump is right and illegals/foreigners are casting votes You have to pick one, either admit Trump was right and illegals/non-citizens aka foreigners (be they from Mexico or Russia doesn't matter) influenced the election, or Trump is wrong and there was no illegal voting therefor Russia did not influence the election Don't give me any BS about propaganda or facebook either, propaganda is everywhere and if you haven't learnt to deal with it yet in this day and age your functionally retarded and that's your own problem, no one elses
    TreyR
    Wow, so much anger because of joke.. Well I dont know anything, just like you, but even you must admit that whole situation looks scatchy.  And about propaganda, people still share fake stories (both sides..but), so there is a lot of retards (your words). But lets just say that if another country propaganda (Especially "arch enemiy") support someone, I would be suspicious why. 
    Super-Peanut
    lol I'm definitely not angry, I just come across as a lot more "passionate" than what I intended to in my writing, I didn't realize you were joking either sorry That's the game though, you can't trust anyone or anything for an unbiased opinion anymore  If they're 100% against Trump and think he's Hitler that's fine, that's their opinion and they're entitled to it and I encourage them to make more art/songs about it if that's what they truly believe. Just but don't tell me to "make up my own mind" in the same breath...if youre so adamantly against the guy then convince me why he's evil and why I should agree with you.....don't give me this false illusion of choice or opinion. If the answer is pre-determined and I'm wrong then state your case and convince me otherwise
    scottishmob
    Look Yoshi you need to calm down. I never knew you were like this... Do you want a berry to calm down/ No not a red one though.
    smutherd
    Haha wow what a retard. None of those bands have released music while trumps been in office. So what the fuck does there old music have to do with him.
    Super-Peanut
    Nothing, But the rest of his statement/interview was clearly aimed at Trump though 
     They're like, you're from the United States, so what the fuck is going on with the guy that you have as president." 
    smutherd
    But that's not him saying anything. That's what people ask him. Shit I get that from people in the UK when I play any games online constantly. asking what the hell is wrong with your country.
    Super-Peanut
    <iframe width="700" height="394" src="
    " frameborder="0" gesture="media" allowfullscreen></iframe> I'm computer handicapped so I hope the link works, sorry if it doesn't Knowing their history/beliefs and the fact he took part in making the above video/song, do you seriously think "that's just what people ask him" and not his own actual personal opinion?
    smutherd
    Not saying that. Well aware of his views. But in the interview above he was just saying what people ask him.
    Super-Peanut
    I read the full interview on metal injection If he wasn't specifically talking about Trump then why would he bother mentioning what people ask him about Trump? He was never asked that question Here's the original question the interviewer asked him for reference 
     Without a doubt, you guys are a political band on the left side of the spectrum. Considering how polarized the country is in terms of left vs. right politics, what are some difficulties you’ve run into so far as Prophets of Rage? 
    His response was basically "make your own decisions....but everyone else on the planet thinks Trump is a moron, so if you decided Trump you decided wrong"  i'm not a Trump voter, I'm Canadian and I voted Trudeau.....it's just an extremely hypocritical statement in my mind which is why I'm insulting him It's also worth pointing out UG specifically cherry picked the most controversial/non-music related statement in the entire interview to try and make a click-bait article and get a reaction from us  Literally every single other question asked was far more music related and would have been a far more relevant and better choice to post here...I encourage you to read the article and see My biggest disappointment with Prophets is they seem to have the strategy "Trump gets us a reaction....so let's do that"
    smutherd
    Again interview above. Not whole one from another site. Interview above.
    Super-Peanut
    the interview above literally IS from another site,.....it's the exact same interview?
    smutherd
    The one above is a portion of the the interview. And the portion above is what I'm talking about. Not what he said in the rest if the interview that you can't see above.
    Super-Peanut
    the only thing I added was the interviewers original question for context? so are you telling me you're going 100% solely by what's posted here on UG and don't care about anything that was omitted in the article or even what the original question was for context? You're only interested in the snippet that UG posted and can't be bothered looking into it any further? Instead you would rather just post the first vapid thought/reaction that pops into your mind without getting any context first? If so, I seriously hope you're american because that would actually explain how Russia was able to cause such a mess with nothing more than just a few shit posts on facebook
    smutherd
    Nope just saying the original comment was about the portion of the interview above. How is that so hard to understand. All I said was in that portion showed above he just said what people ask him. So I don't need to know what else was said because that's not what I'm commenting on. And the original comment was about someone else's comment. So why would any thing else matter.
    Super-Peanut
     So I don't need to know what else was said because that's not what I'm commenting on. And the original comment was about someone else's comment. So why would any thing else matter. 
    kek I definitely understand now  
    THE BULGE
    Real mature. He clearly states in this article people from all across the political spectrum attend their shows. Trump is divisive and centre point of discussion, they're clearly anti-trump which seems to fuel your obvious agenda. Its okay to disagree. Fucking snowflakes man.
    Anjohl
    Says the guy in the band selling shirts with Che Guevara's face on it to buy himself a mansion.