Public Enemy have officially released the all-star 2020 remix of their 1989 political anthem, “Fight the Power.”
Titled “Fight the Power: Remix 2020,” the song originally debuted at the 2020 BET Awards virtual ceremony earlier in June. The rework features a bevy of rappers including Nas, Rapsody, Black Thought, Jahi, YG and Questlove, who all update the song with new bars about police brutality in America.
YG references the Central Park Five while Rapsody name-drops Black activists and educators such as Booker T Washington and Fred Hampton. “You love Black Panther but not Fred Hampton / Word to the Howards and the Aggies and the Hamptons / They book us, won’t book us, I’m Booker T Washington, George killed, for 20,” she spits.
Public Enemy’s Jahi also adds a new verse that pays tribute to Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old African-American who was fatally shot in her home by the police in March 2020. “Our fight and our rights for freedom will never wane / But justice Breonna Taylor, salute Chuck and Flava / Feel the same anger since Radio Raheem died / Black power to the people, push forward, pride.”
Earlier this year, Public Enemy celebrated Juneteenth with a new song titled “State of the Union (STFU).” Produced by DJ Premier, the track features Chuck D and Flavor Flav taking aim at systemic racism and Donald Trump.
Listen to their new “Fight the Power: Remix 2020” below: