Time for another song about California. This time, it's Public Enemy taking on the Hollywood machine, with a little help from Ice Cube and Big Daddy Kane. Chuck D isn't exactly the smoothest rapper, but man, that dude has got fire and conviction in his voice. Listening to him on this track makes me wanna grab a torch, some gasoline, a few molotov cocktails and head on south. BURN, HOLLYWOOD, BURN!
My favorite part is Flavor Flav's reaction when asked to play the part of a "servant who chuckles a little bit and sings". Yo man, WHAT?? What if someone really did burn it down? Would it start up again as it was before, or would a new power rise? Would there be more movies featuring heroes of color? I think it's getting better, albeit very slowly. I guess there's always the chance for an earthquake, as well. This song paired up with the floods from Tool's Aenima (which I've written about previously), would make for a pretty fucked up disaster.
In any case, you can find this song on PE's most excellent album, Fear of a Black Planet. If you haven't heard it, do yourself a favor. Buy it, borrow it, download it. Something. Srsly.
Public Enemy > Burn Hollywood Burn