Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Public Enemy Drop Anti-Trump Anthem ‘State of the Union’ [VIDEO]

*Public Enemy have returned with a new song taking aim at Trump called, “State of the Union.”

“Our collective voices keep getting louder. 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,” frontman Chuck D said in a statement, Complex reports. “Folks gotta vote like their lives depend on it, ‘cause it does.”

“Public Enemy tells it like it is,” Flava Flav adds. “It’s time for him to GO.”

“State of the Union (STFU),” produced by DJ Premier, is now available as a free download at Public Enemy’s website, as well as to stream on all major streaming services.

Scroll up and have a listen to the track/watch video via the YouTube clip above. 

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Earlier this year, Chuck D and Flavor Flav’s bitter beef over the former’s support of Bernie Sanders turned out to be a hoax to promote Public Enemy’s new music. 

The iconic hip-hop group have a new album (Loud Is Not Enough), and Flavor Flav is featured on the “Food As a Machine Gun” track, which you can listen to below. You can also listen to Loud Is Not Enough on streaming platforms Apple Music and Spotify.

“So it’s April 1, 2020 and as we hoard food and empty store shelves, Chuck D and Flavor Flav hijack it as April ‘FlavChuck’ Day to end the HOAX with Enemy Radio’s new song, ‘FOOD AS A MACHINE GUN.’ ‘Don’t Believe The Hype’ 2020 style” Chuck D said in a press release for the new single and album.

Adding “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.'”

We previously reported… the group appeared to fire Flavor Flav after his legal team sent a cease-and-desist letter to Bernie Sanders’ campaign last month, arguing that a concert and campaign rally in Los Angeles, hosted by Public Enemy Radio, had used Flav’s “unauthorized likeness, image, and trademarked clock.”

Public Enemy “will be moving forward without Flavor Flav,” the group said in a statement in March. “We thank him for his years of service and wish him well.”

Flav responded on Twitter, addressing Chuck D directly: “You wanna destroy something we’ve built over 35 years OVER POLITICS?,” he wrote. “I’m very disappointed in you and your decisions right now.”

He added, “i didn’t sue you on Friday,,,i asked the @berniesanders campaign to correct misleading marketing,,,that’s all it was,,,I’m not your employee,,,i’m your partner,,,you can’t fire me,,,there is no Public Enemy without Flavor Flav,,,so let’s get it right Chuck”

Chuck D addressed the issue further during his a chat with Talib Kweli on the People’s Party podcast.

“Flavor don’t know the difference between Bernie Sanders, Barry Sanders or Colonel Sanders,” he joked, before adding, “We already talked about this beforehand. Public Enemy Radio went up, his lawyer sent a cease and desist, I’m like, ‘Good move.’ Then, publicly, I’m like, ‘Man, you don’t sue me again.’ He ain’t suing me. But I can say it!”

Chuck D then suggested the entire fiasco was nothing more than a clever gag “to get your attention.” 

“I’m not saying it’s a hoax,” Chuck said. “I’m saying the original intention was to get your attention.”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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