Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill Reportedly Forming a Supergroup

Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill Reportedly Forming a Supergroup
Source: AP
Source: AP

Rage Against the Machine, one of the gold standards of all that is angry and political in music, crept back into the zeitgeist Tuesday night. The band launched a website Prophets of Rage, counting down the days, minutes and seconds until 10 a.m. June 1, when the mysterious group planned to somehow #TakeThePowerBack. 

Yet mysteries don't last long on the internet in 2016. Two days later we have a much better idea of who these prophets are and what they plan to do. Sources have told Billboard that Prophets of Rage are a supergroup consisting of all of Rage Against the Machine's instrumentalists — guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk — with RATM's singer Zach De La Rocha swapped out for MCs Chuck D of Public Enemy and B-Real of Cypress Hill.

The timing could not be more perfect. Public Enemy and Rage Against the Machine are two of pioneers of punk-inspired, hip-hop informed no holds barred protest music we see now in groups like Run the Jewels and Death Grips. With the election looming, they'll undoubtedly have a ton of political posturing to rage against.

The name "Prophets of Rage" comes from a Public Enemy song by the same, while the hashtag "Take the Power Back" is the from a Rage Against the Machine track. 

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As of yet, there's no word of an album. According to Billboard, the band is set to debut at the Hollywood Palladium on June 3, with another show — Los Angeles' Whisky a Go Go — planned as well. The band is also considering a 2016 summer tour.