Rage Against the Machine made a tradition of protesting mainstream American institutions, most notably Wall Street and the Republican Party, over the course of their existence. Look no further than the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minnesota, or their 1999 video for "Sleep Now In The Fire," which shows the band rocking on the steps of the NYC Stock Exchange.
So it's a no-brainer that in an election season fraught with unusually high tension that Prophets of Rage—the newly announced group comprised of RATM members and Public Enemy's Chuck D and Cypress Hill's B-Real—have announced plans to stir up a ruckus at this year's Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
Speaking with Rolling Stone, guitarist and band leader Tom Morello explained that "dangerous times demand dangerous songs." In short, don't be surprised if the RNC 2016 mirrors the chaos that transpired in Minnesota 2008:
"Prophets of Rage combines the sonic power of Rage, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill. It's my contention that we can no longer stand on the sidelines of history. Dangerous times demand dangerous songs. Both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are both constantly referred to in the media as raging against the machine. We've come back to remind everyone what raging against the machine really means."
That's tough talk from a guy who's repeatedly delivered on his promises of protest in recent years. In 2011, he performed at union rallies in Wisconsin when governor Scott Walker threatened state employees collective bargaining rights. Cleveland can expect much the same this July.