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Fight The Power

on Power to the People and the Beats: Public Enemy's Greatest Hits

by Public Enemy

First Played: 07/08/2021 12:26 PM
Last Played: 07/08/2021 12:26 PM
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  • Eva Walker : 07/08/2021 12:26 PM
    “Fight the Power” is the twentieth track from American hip-hop group Public Enemy’s third studio album “Fear of a Black Planet”, released in 1990. “Fight the Power” comes from director Spike Lee approaching Public Enemy and asking them to create a song for one of his upcoming films: “Do the Right Thing”. The track was meant to be used as a leitmotif (a short constantly reoccurring musical phrase – usually associated with a person or place) in the film about racial tension in Brooklyn, New York. In an interview with Time magazine in 1990, Lee spoke about his decision to contact Public Enemy: “I wanted it to be defiant, I wanted it to be angry, I wanted it to be very rhythmic. I thought right away of Public Enemy”. https://bit.ly/2DqROWN

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