Public Enemy was one of the first groups to tackle the injustices in the black community in Hip Hop. They felt a responsibility to the community that they are a part of to uplift and bring about social justice. There was a time when this was typical for Hip Hop artists, prior to the corporate involvement and movement towards wealth, sex and consumerism. Their hit track “Fight The Power” shook the culture, stirring action and conversation on these issues.
The legendary group united with Nas, Black Thought, Rapsody, Questlove, YG and Jahi to relive the song that shook the world with “Fight The Power: Remix 2020”. The track is full of activist energy. They use the original beat and move it forward into the today’s social climate. Each emcee touches on issues affecting their community in various capacities.
It’s been 30 years since the original and we are still fighting the same injustices. How far have we gone since then? There’s a small amount of black and other people of colour that are wealthy and enjoying privilege like Jay-Z, Diddy, LeBron James and others, but what about the average person? Are they living any better? It’s time to revisit this topic and look within for a solution. Hip Hop has grown and matured over the years and it is amazing to see that we can now reflect on different eras and their impact. It would be great to hear from people who were impacted by the original track and find out their feelings on these issues today.
Check out the gripping video for the track as well.