"Fight the Power"
This paper discusses the song "Fight the Power" by Public Enemy released in 1989 as a part of Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" soundtrack.
# 63489 | 1,240 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2005 |
Published on Jan 31, 2006 in Music Studies (Contemporary) , Music Studies (History) , African-American Studies (General)
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This paper explains that the song "Fight the Power" (1989) by Public Enemy was radical not only for its lyrics but also for being the linchpin of the movie "Do the Right Thing", giving voice to ideas and emotions that many African-Americans had only thought or expressed to each other. The author points out that Public Enemy not only embraced radical thought with "Fight the Power" but also combined politics, hip hop and anger to create a rap anthem that was aggressive and honest. The paper concludes that, after living in the shadow of the Civil Rights Movement and its message of getting along and nonviolent protest, the song urged blacks to use their voices as weapons and to reject the status quo. Lyrics included.
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