When Rage Against The Machine launched the website prophetsofrage.com yesterday-complete with a “Countdown clock” ticking down the seconds until June 1-fans understandably jumped to conclusions.
Billboard reports that members of Rage Against The Machine are joining forces with members of Public Enemy and Cypress Hill to form a supergroup to be known across the realm as Prophets Of Rage.
The five person group will reportedly consist of three-quarters of RATM, plus hip-hop legends Chuck D and B-Real.
Fans will be able to hear what this assembly of ’90s icons sounds like when they debut at the Hollywood Palladium on June 3.
They’ll perform at L.A.’s Whisky A Go Go, and a summer tour performing songs from all three bands’ oeuvres is supposedly in the works.
No word on if t’s a chance they’ll eventually head into the studio to cut some new records.
The three bands from which this supergroup is drawn have a history of working together over the years, having shared the stage on a number of occasions, such as the Rock The Bells festivals and tours in the mid-’00s. The name Prophets Of Rage is a nod to both the band Rage Against The Machine and the song “Prophets Of Rage” from Public Enemy’s 1988 seminal album It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back.
If you squint just right, you can pretend that the “Of” is referencing Cypress Hill’s 1995 album Cypress Hill III: Temples Of Boom.