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Prophets of Rage: Inside New RATM, Public Enemy, Cypress Hill Supergroup

Prophets of Rage: Inside New RATM, Public Enemy, Cypress Hill Supergroup

"We're not a supergroup," says Tom Morello. "We're an elite task force of revolutionary musicians determined to confront this mountain of election year bullshit, and confront it head-on with Marshall stacks blazing."

He is describing Prophets of Rage, a new band that brings together members of the guitarist's old band, Rage Against the Machine, with two of the group's favourite rappers: Public Enemy's Chuck D and Cypress Hill's B-Real. Fans first learned about Prophets of Rage when mysterious posters started popping up around Los Angeles, and a countdown clock was posted on Rage Against the Machine's Twitter account. Some fans wrongly assumed Rage Against the Machine would be reforming for the first time since a one-off show in 2011, but even without Zack de la Rocha, the group will be playing classics like "Bulls On Parade" and "Killing in the Name" along with tunes by Public Enemy and Cypress Hill. As of now, they only have one Los Angeles club show on the books, though the group hopes to set out on more shows this summer. We spoke with Chuck D, B-Real and RATM's Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford about how it all came together.

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