Prophets of Rage is an American rap rock supergroup. Formed in 2016, the group consists of three members of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave (bassist and backing vocalist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello, and drummer Brad Wilk), two members of Public Enemy (DJ Lord and rapper Chuck D), and rapper B-Real of Cypress Hill.
Morello declared to Rolling Stone: “We’re an elite task force of revolutionary musicians determined to confront this mountain of election year bullshit, and confront it head-on with Marshall stacks blazing.”
The band’s name derives from the title of the Public Enemy song “Prophets of Rage” from its 1988 album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. To coincide with the band’s protest performance at the Republican National Convention, it released its debut single, titled “Prophets of Rage”. The band played its first live show on January 20, 2016.
From May 2016 through October 2016, the band embarked on a North American tour, dubbed the “Make America Rage Again Tour”. The set list combined the catalogues of each of the band members’ current and former groups, as well as new material written by the band. There is a “Make the World Rage Again” tour scheduled for 2017.
An EP The Party’s Over was released on August 19, 2016. Alongside the songs Prophets of Rage and The Party’s Over, the EP contains live cover versions of the songs “Killing in the Name” (Rage Against the Machine), “Shut ‘Em Down” (Public Enemy) and “No Sleep ’til Cleveland”, a rework of “No Sleep ’til Brooklyn” by the Beastie Boys.The EP was produced by Brendan O’Brien.