WATCH: Prophets of Rage Inspired by Malcolm X for Ballot or Bullet Vote Mash-up

By Karen Bliss 11/2/18 |

Politically-charged rap-rock group Prophets Of Rage, featuring Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk, Chuck D, B-Real and DJ Lord, have just released “The Ballot or the Bullet,” a mash-up of three new unreleased songs and “Hearts Afire,” urging U.S. citizens to vote. The mid-term elections are Nov. 6.

The title of the song is taken from a line in Malcolm X's famous speech and the video begins with footage of the outspoken human rights activist — who was assassinated in 1965 at age 39 — saying these words spliced from his orations:

“So what you and I have got to do is get involved. In order to do this, we are starting a voters’ registration drive. It’s going to be the ballot or the bullet. After we get our people registered, we can then organize that voting strength and channel it in the direction and go get immediate results for the benefit of our people.”

“There are people trying to keep many of us from being able to vote,” it states under the video on YouTube from Prophets of Rage. “Don’t squander the rights we’ve fought so hard to get. Agitate, organize, resist & rebel before, during and after Election Day. In the words of Malcolm X, ‘it’s got to be the ballot or the bullet.’”

It also includes a link to Headcount to check your state's current voter ID laws, “since new laws and policies threaten to disenfranchise large numbers of Native American and Black voters in North Dakota and Georgia, but activists are resolute in the battle for the ballot," it states in the press release.

Prophets Of Rage released its self-titled debut in 2017 and are currently working on the follow-up. “Heart Afire” was released in the summer.

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