Band: Public Enemy
Song: “I Shall Not Be Moved”
Label: Enemy Records/Slam Jamz/SpitDigital
“I Shall Not Be Moved” is the leadoff single from Public Enemy’s online-exclusive LP Most of My Heroes Still Don’t Appear on No Stamp. Produced by longtime collaborator Gary G-Wiz, frontman Chuck D. offers elder-statesman swagger over funk-guitar licks with occasional chime-ins from comic partner Flavor Flav.
Topic-wise, “…Moved” is all over the place, but it still manages to work despite (or perhaps because of) its inadvertent nod to ADHD fan-sensibilities: “What good is learning from some record/ when y’all only listen to 15 seconds!?” Between shout-outs to deceased death-row cause célèbre Troy Davis and dissing the Basketball Wives, Chuck manages to slip in swipes against ageism in Hip-Hop and home-grown bands left out in a post-Clear Channel airplay era: “Drive by trucker, I play it loud mother******/ Use it, don’t abuse it, the voice gets rougher/ Shout my vocals, I salute all the locals/ Slept on, kept them out of radio focus…”
The ending refrain, repeated ad infinitum with an ominous synth backdrop, is about as arcane as you can get: "Oh wi-fi, got you gaggin' off Gaga, ‘Pac made woman cry from the very first line.." This will have lyric scholars hitting reverse on their MP3 player for some time.