PROPHETS OF RAGE
“Prophets of Rage”
BOTTOM LINE A lean, muscular rap-metal collection that uses the supergroup’s powers for good.
Prophets of Rage, the supergroup of members from Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill, is clearly built to last on its eponymous debut.
“Prophets of Rage” (Fantasy) is packed with future political anthems, fueled by both Tom Morello’s raucous guitar riffs and heated rhymes from Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Cypress Hill’s B-Real.
“Hatred, lies divided people, gorgeous anger deeds of evil,” Chuck rhymes in “[Expletive] the World,” where he trades lines with Morello over grinding guitar and trades grand verses with B-Real. “I’m elated to get y’all elevated. God remains God, yeah, and they hate it.”
The Roosevelt native’s thunderous style fits nicely next to B-Real’s more nimble flow, while also standing up to the wall of rock power coming from Morello, Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk and DJ Lord on the turntables. It’s what drives “Radical Eyes,” but it also allows for shifting gears to hit the groove-driven “Living on the 110,” a potent anthem for the homeless, and the unifying “Strength in Numbers.”
What makes “Prophets of Rage” so powerful is the way each song has multiple layers that all make the song stronger, like fingers closing into a raised fist.