“You don’t have to reinvent the wheel,” says Chuck D about his advice to songwriters. “The sentiments never really change.”
In this interview, Public Enemy’s Chuck D talks the enduring sentiment behind their seminal “Fight the Power” and why it resonated with people who could see the country was struggling.
Chuck D explains that with music,”We can actually throw some light on a dark situation that has already cloaked black America.”
In 1989, the news didn’t care about the crime, drugs and systemic poverty that plagued many black communities across the country. “So ‘Fight the Power,'” he says, “Coming from the cultural aspect of film and a song, would hit East St. Louis, because damn sure World News Tonight ain’t gonna cover it. So we had a period in time, an ability in time to interpret and also spread through culture, before that door closed.”
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