A Throwback to Fight The Power & Spike Lee
Fans in hip-hop regard Public Enemy’s “Fight The Power” as an empowering lyrical anthem birthed in the genre’s Golden Age. This day in hip-hop, however, throws it back to the man that sparked its very conception, none other than renowned producer, writer, and film director Spike Lee.
The rap group took to the drawing boards when Lee first approached the band at the request of finding the perfect musical backdrop for his 1989 film “Do The Right Thing.” In a subsequent interview, Lee said that he’d aspired a sound to be “defiant, angry, but still very rhythmic,” which was exactly what PE would later concoct.
Going along with the success of the film, “Fight The Power” was later release with a different cut on the group’s 1990 album “Fear of a Black Planet,” and has garnered a multitude of awards and accolades, easily making the track one among PE’s greatest songs of all time.
By Jods Arboleda for PublicEnemy.com