Very few voices in Hip Hop hold a commanding sense of power like Chuck D’s. When he speaks, people listen and the Public Enemy frontman always has something to say.
On Friday (June 19) — which just happens to be Juneteenth — the powerful orator reunited with his longtime partner-in-rhyme Flavor Flav and DJ Lord for an explosive new video called “State Of The Union (STFU)” featuring Gang Starr legend DJ Premier.
Directed by David C. Snyder, the primarily black-and-white visual is packed full of politically charged imagery, which speak to the current civil unrest in the United States. As protestors flood their cities in an effort to combat racial injustice and police brutality, Public Enemy’s revolutionary music seems more urgent than ever.
Much like Chuck did with Prophets of Rage, he again sets his sights on Donald Trump and encourages people to vote him out in the November 2020 presidential election.
“Our collective voices keep getting louder,” Chuck D says. “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,” says Chuck D. “Folks gotta vote like their lives depend on it, ‘cause it does.”
Flavor adds, “Public Enemy tells it like it is. It’s time for him to GO.”
Watch “State Of The Union” above.