Public Enemy have returned with an explosive new track called “State of the Union (STFU).”
Released on Juneteenth and produced by DJ Premier, the single features Chuck D and Flavor Flav taking aim at police brutality, systemic racism and Donald Trump. “Whatever it takes / Rid this dictator” and “Vote this joke out / Or die tryin’,” Chuck spits on his opening verse.
Flavor Flav joins in later on the chorus with a blunt message: “State of the Union / Shut the fuck up / Sorry ass motherfucker / Stay away from me.”
“You got to fight for the world that you want to see,” Chuck told Spin after dropping the track. “The entire world has a lot to go around for everyone and the fact that it doesn’t, it means that there’s always some kind of fuckery at the top. I was talking about things like this with [DJ] Premier last year and it was a no-brainer. I told him, ‘You pick the track and I’ll nail it.’”
Earlier this year, Public Enemy made headlines for apparently firing Flavor Flav after a dispute over a Bernie Sanders rally. About a month later, though, Chuck D clarified that the firing was a hoax and part of a promotional plan for his Enemy Radio project.
Listen to “State of the Union (STFU)” below: