Public Enemy‘s PROFESSOR GRIFF has slammed yesterday’s (May 14) anti-gun protest, the MILLION MOM MARCH in Washington, which was supported by HOLE‘s COURTNEY LOVE.
The protest, which saw 750,000 women converge on the city, called for a tightening up in America‘s gun laws.
The star, real name Richard Griff, said: “I’m not sure what it will achieve. It doesn’t address the real issue, which is that we live in a gun society. Address that and then you start to look at the problems.”
Griff, who admits to owning 10 guns, felt that a previous parade in Washington, 1995’s Million Man March, which was organised under the auspices of Nation Of Islam, meant more.
He admitted: “Sure, I was part of that. That was a special thing. One million black men gathered together, laying down the drugs and the beer and any old prejudice. It didn’t matter that it was Nation of Islam – it could have a nation of Mormons, but we were together. It was the start of the healing process for all the wrongs that had been done. It made me a stronger person.”
Speaking days before Public Enemy return to the UK for a series of dates, including two as headline acts at Homelands Scotland and England (May 27 and June 3) the Public Enemy Minister Of Information, who landed in hot water almost a decade ago for alleged anti-semitic remarks, also revealed that the band had been in the studio working on new material.
“We have a lot ready,” he said. “We should have the album ready for the summer. It’s real heavy, back to what we were before. We have to continue making people aware. Its that KRS-1 thing – educainment.”
Griff would not be drawn on a possible title for the album, claiming the name of the follow-up to last year’s ‘There’s A Poison Goin’ On’ had not yet been decided. However, he did reveal that one of the tracks would be called ‘Elvis Killed Kennedy’, adding: “Just the name alone is enough to get you thinking.”
Griff also said that he and PE main man Chuck Dwere hard at work on their Confrontation Camp side project “rap meets metal crossover, a little like Rage Against The Machine“.
Griff also claimed that rest of the band fully supported Chuck D‘s stance on downloadable MP3 files and the ongoing debate over the rights and wrongs of the Napster website. However, he refused to comment about last Friday’s live television debate on the subject between Chuck D and Metallica’s Lars Ulrich.For tickets to the Homelands shows, go to the nme.com Ticketshop – click here
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