The show was bashing the gentrification of Brooklyn
Public Enemy performed a medley of tracks on American TV show ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ last night (October 23), during a segment poking fun at the gentrification of Brooklyn.
The six and a half minute medley features ‘Fight The Power’, ‘Man Plans God Laughs’ and ‘911 Is A Joke’.
The one-off segment of the show is called ‘Do the Right Thing 2: Do the White Thing’, and is a parody update Spike Lee’s 1989 movie ‘Do The Right Thing’, which examined racial tension and culture in Brooklyn. The Kimmel version sees ‘I Heart Kale’ written on the sidewalks and also features portable record player gatherings, poking fun at changes in the borough.
‘Fight The Power’ was recorded in 1989, and featured in the Spike Lee original, having been produced at Spike Lee’s request. It’s taken from Public Enemy’s 1990 album ‘Fear Of A Black Planet’.
‘Man Plans God Laughs’, Public Enemy’s 15th album, came out in late July.
NME’s review describes the album as follows:
“The title track, with its pummeling breakbeats and guitar samples, recalls the blistering funk of the group’s ’80s heyday. And Chuck D still raps like a man doing knuckle push-ups, organising against white supremacy on ‘No Sympathy From The Devil’, picking over the history of African colonialism on ‘Mine Again’, and punning hard on ‘Earthizen’: “The earth without art is just ‘eh’.”
Public Enemy have a number of UK and Ireland tour dates coming up, some of which will be with The Prodigy as follows:
Capital FM Arena, Nottingham (November 24)
Metro Arena, Newcastle (26)
Manchester Central (27)
Sheffield Arena (28)
Cardiff Tramshed (29)
Dublin 3Arena (30)
SSE Arena, Belfast (December 1)
O2 Academy, Liverpool (2)
Birmingham Arena (3)
SSE Arena, London (4 and 5)
O2 Academy, Bournemouth (7)
Watch the video via YouTube, below: