Public Enemy debut new version of “Fight The Power” ft. Nas, Black Thought, Rapsody, YG & more at BET Awards
In the midst of nationwide protests against racism and police brutality, Public Enemy debuted a new version of "Fight The Power" at last night's (6/28) BET Awards with new verses by Nas, Black Thought, Rapsody, YG, and Jahi, and scratching by Questlove, alongside PE's own Chuck D, Flavor Flav, DJ Lord, the S1Ws, and Professor Griff. The video comprises newly-filmed performance footage of all the contributors, recent footage of protests, and footage of facemask-wearing people walking the streets with screens showing footage of the rappers involved. The lyrics take on both history and current events, and the new version reminds you how "Fight the Power" is (unfortunately) as relevant and necessary today as it was when it came out 31 years ago. Watch/listen below.
The 20th annual BET Awards also included Beyonce being honored with the Humanitarian Award for her philanthropic efforts, Megan Thee Stallion (who won Best Female Hip-Hop Artist) performing "Girls In The Hood" and "Savage," DaBaby and Roddy Ricch taking on police brutality with a new performance video for their Black Lives Matter remix of "Rockstar," Lil Wayne paying tribute to Kobe Bryant, Wayne Brady paying tribute to Little Richard, Anderson .Paak and Jay Rock performing their new protest song "Lockdown," Alicia Keys performing her heartbreaking new song "Perfect Way To Die," and more. Watch those videos below too.
Public Enemy also recently released a new protest song, the DJ Premier-produced "State of the Union (STFU)."