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Prophets of rage

Music is art, and art should evoke a response. Prophets of Rage is here to challenge the status quo and to spread the message that “the world won’t change itself – that is up to us. Aim for the world we really want without compromise or apology. Stand up for justice.”

Whereas politics are a common subject for musicians during an election year, enacting social change is not a new passion of these men. With a history of singing about the condition of the world and acting as a rallying cry for change, the members of Prophets of Rage are passionate about their causes and the difference they can make, all while encouraging others to do the same.

Not one to speak empty words, a portion of the proceeds from the group’s tour support local homeless shelters and food banks. The LA stop’s proceeds went to PATH, People Assisting the Homeless, whose mission is to provide resources to those who are homeless in order to help them get into permanent housing.

When I arrived at The Forum, openers Awolnation had just finished performing, and the audience excitedly awaited the supergroup formed by members of Rage Against the Machine, Cypress Hill, and Public Enemy. As the anticipation grew, DJ Lord came out and took his rightful place by the turntables.

Bringing the crowd to their feet with the opening bars of the national anthem, he smoothly transitioned into hits such as “California Love,” “Sound of Da Police,” and “Under Pressure.” No genre was off limits for DJ Lord, who had a chance to fully showcase his skills. The crowd erupted in cheers when Lord transitioned from “Sweet Dreams” to “Enter Sandman,” and no one was left questioning his talent or mastery of the turntables.

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