The Freshmen Series: Prophets of Rage releases self-titled album

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Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 at 3:55 PM
The Freshmen Series: Prophets of Rage releases self-titled album by Dakota Palmer

Prophets of Rage released its debut and selftitled album last week, and it’s one you’re not going to want to ignore. The band is a supergroup of former rock and rap stars, including: Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine (RATM) and Audioslave; DJ Lord and Chuck D of Public Enemy; and B-Real of Cypress Hill.

The collective is an odd one, but the six performers come together to create a rap-rock sound that combines all the best aspects of each artist. The album is one of social justice. Morello said in a Rolling Stone interview: “We’ve come back to remind everyone what raging against the machine really means. It’s a voice that’s been missing too long in the national/international dialogue and it’s back.”

The first song, “Radical Eyes,” has a very heavy “Bulls on Parade” feel to it, which ultimately works well with Chuck D and B-Real’s vocals. Both have smooth, deep voices that pair well with the guitar licks of Morello and Commerford’s funky bass line.

“Legalize Me,” unsurprisingly, is about legalizing marijuana. The song goes through various places where marijuana is legal and yells, “Legalize me,” repeatedly. Although the lyrics are repetitive, the song is another hit. This one sounds like a cross between RATM and Red Hot Chili Peppers, in that both bands opt for heavy basslines and funk guitar.

“Hail To The Chief” is a criticism of the American government, as is most the album. It’s aimed at rich politicians, as we can hear with the lyrics: “Fear in the heart of the millions/One percent with their billions/Savage politicians got the whole world ripe for the pickin’.” This track is one of the more tamer ones on the record, with a simple bassline and simple guitar riffs. This was more than likely a purposeful choice, as they want people to focus more on the lyrics and the message than the music here. That’s not to say the song isn’t well constructed, because it is; it’s just far less flashy than some of the others.

“Strength in Numbers” is about how peopleneed to unite to make a difference. Aimed at thepolitical discourse America is going through currently, this song uses the example of the Keystone XL Pipeline to prove there’s “strength in numbers.” This song sounds like it came straight out of a “Need for Speed” video game soundtrack, so it goes pretty hard.

The only critique of the album is that all the songs sound very similar. Other than that, it’s a great social commentary that you can jam to. Hopefully, we can expect more from Prophets of Rage in the future, as they’ve come together to create something different and magnificent.

Standout tracks: “Radical Eyes,” “Living on the 110” and “Hands Up”

Stream the album below:

Dakota Palmer is the news editor for The Spectator. She can be reached at news.spectator@gmail.com.

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