Public Enemy is sounding a call to action with its new single.
The veteran rap group made its new single ‘State of the Union (STFU)’ available for fans to download for free Thursday. The availability comes less than a week after the group debuted the song’s video, which was directed by David C. Snyder. The song was produced by DJ Premier.
‘State of the Union (STFU)’ is a work whose musical arrangement will appeal widely to Public Enemy’s longtime fans. That is due to its old school sound, which throws back to its early days.
The song’s lyrical theme is a direct lyrical 1-2 punch against Donald Trump and a call to action, encouraging everyone to get out in November and to vote him out. It will appeal to the group’s longtime fans just as much as the song’s musical arrangement, in that it continues the group’s long-running tradition of social and political activism through its music.
Chuck D. talked about the song in a recent interview.
“Our collective voices keep getting louder,” he said. “The rest of the planet is on our side. But it’s not enough to talk about change. You have to show up and demand change. Folks gotta vote like their lives depend on it, ‘cause it does.”
Chuck D.’s longtime friend and fellow Public Enemy member Flava Flav added to his comments.
“Public Enemy tells it like it is,” he said. “It’s time for him [Trump] to GO.”
Public Enemy’s new single comes less than less than three months after the group debuted another equally socially conscious song in the form of ‘Food as a Machine Gun.’ The song was debuted in April by Public Enemy’s DJ+MC unit of Chuck D, DJ Lord, Jahi and the S1Ws, Enemy Radio.
Chuck D. talked about that song in an interview promoting the single.
“So it’s April 1, 2020 and as we hoard food and empty store shelves, Chuck D and Flavor Flav hijack it as ‘FlavChuck Day’ To end the HOAX with Enemy Radio’s new song Food As A Machine Gun,’ he said. “‘Don’t Believe The Hype’ 2020 style. That’s right. This is Enemy Radio featuring Public Enemy, with more around the corner. Enemy Radio’s debut album Loud Is Not Enough is here. “Food As A Machine Gun’ is the first taste, an attack on the food industrial machine that opens minds to the direct need, dependency and necessity — yet killer — of our current lives, taking inspiration from Kristin Lawless and her book, Formerly Known As Food.”
In referencing Lawless’ book, Chuck D talked about the connection between her work and Enemy Radio’s new song.
“The industrial world food machine rolls like gangbangers in the 21st century of chaos,” he said. “Who protects us from the weapon formerly known as food?”
Said Lawless of her book’s theme, “The cracks in our food system have busted wide open. The way we produce our food has helped to create this pandemic, and the poor-quality products we consume leave us vulnerable to infection. Radical change around food production is required now if we want to prevent future pandemics, protect our planet and save our lives.”
Chuck D expanded on Lawless’ statements.
“Does it take doing crazy s*** or catastrophe to wake people up?,” he asked. “Obviously so, even when paying attention is the cheapest price to pay. So if you got that in your wallet, Enemy Radio is serving up ‘Food As A Machine Gun.’
The hoax that Chuck D. referenced was a hoax in which the media was led to believe that he and Flava Flav had parted ways not long before the single’s premiere. Chuck D. said of the trick, that it was done intentionally.
“I had watched Orson Welles’ ‘War of the Worlds’ from 1938 when he pulled the wool over the public’s eyes as they put 100% belief in the technology of radio,” he said. ” Most people followed like a Pavlovic dog just like they do now. Flav doesn’t do benefits and stays away from political events – we been cool and always agreed about that. Enemy Radio was built for that reason, to be a DJ+MC auxiliary unit of Public Enemy, a no-slack homage toss back to DJ+MC roots. It is DJ Lord, myself an Jahi with the S1Ws.”
“Hearing the confused mush of political talk while under the bowels of Trumpotus made me use a presidential stage as my platform,” he added. “Out of this storm came a plan between Flav and me to remind people what what’s important should have as much, if not more, value than just what’s popular. Thus came the HOAX, our ‘War of the Worlds.’ Believe half of what you hear and NONE of what you see.”
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