Monday, March 10, 2008

Vintage Music Mondays: Public Enemy's "Fight the Power"

Public Enemy's "Fight the Power"

Hey Everybody!! I'm still recuperating from my trip to Atlanta. I spent time visiting family and had a blast! This daylight savings time is killing me though.

Anyhow, here's one of my fave hip-hop joints of all time, Public Enemy's essential, controversial 1989 track "Fight the Power." When I hear this track I reminisce sooo hard. I loved PE's military drill team. Remember when Spike Lee opened his movie "Do the Right Thing" with Boriqua, Rosie Perez shaking it like a salt shaker to this song? Priceless. During this time period, crack was infesting in Black neighborhoods and gang wars were rampant, especially in Chicago and California. The government wasn't showing Black people any love during that time. It didn't matter if you were rich or poor, people were just so sick of the violence.

I wonder if Chuck D and Flavor Flav realized how powerful the lyrics were and what impact that song had on the community, past and present. The beat was so intoxicating. Nowadays, anyone fed up with their country's mismanagement can relate to this song, regardless of race or religion.
So, watch these YouTube clips and reminisce!

Watch Rosie Perez break it down in Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing"!!


gingerbaby350 said...

Jlo don't have anything on Rosie!

Go Flavor! Go where, I don't know
Go black people Go,Go,Go
TerminatorX, Fight the Power
Good song to wake up to.

OBama, O o O o O .

PYT said...

OMG, this song takes me back in time, and Rosie is no joke! Great pick for this week.