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Monarch Music Minute: Prophets of Rage, Wyclef Jean, Ringo Starr

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

Prophets of Rage – ‘Prophets of Rage’ 💿💿💿💿

Courtesy Prophets of Rage

Rap-rock supergroup Prophets of Rage have released their self-titled debut. Formed in 2016, the group consists of Tim Commerford, Tom Morello and Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine, DJ Lord and Chuck D of Public Enemy and rapper B-Real of Cypress Hill.

The band took its name from the Public Enemy song “Prophets of Rage” which appears on Public Enemy’s 1988 album, “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back.”

In a May 2016 Rolling Stone interview, Morello said, “We’re not a supergroup. We’re an elite task force of revolutionary musicians determined to confront this mountain of election year bullshit, and confront it head-on with Marshall stacks blazing.”

“Prophets of Rage” is an amalgamation of musical styles infused with political unrest. Their eponymous debut single release date coincided with the group’s protest performance at the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Lead track “Radical Eyes” incites the set into other aggressive tracks such as “Unf— the World,” “Hail to the Chief” and “Strength in Numbers.”

The inaugural set by the supergroup is a lyrically powerful American narrative. Musically, it falls short as an equally powerful sonic force, yet most cuts lend themselves to be new, anthemic concert favorites.

Stream the album on Spotify here.

Wyclef Jean – ‘Carnival III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee’ 💿💿💿💿💿

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Haitian singer-songwriter and former Fugees member Wyclef Jean gives us his eighth studio release, “Carnival III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee.” Back in June, he released the lead single “Fela Kuti” with its jazz 70s vibe and also, “What Happened to Love” with its throwback, feel-good dance beat featuring LunchMoney Lewis and The Knocks.

Jean delivers 12 pivotal tracks exploring a wide range of sonic stylings. Enlisting the help of fellow artists such as Riley, H1DaHook, Stix and J’Mika among a host of others, “Carnival III” sees its way through with unpredictability and welcome transition from track to track.

The infectious and emotional “Carry On,” featuring Emile Sandé, slows things down, fitting as a soundtrack backdrop for our movie hero while “Trapicabana” infuses Latin dance fire with multicultural language.

Jean continues to instill the celebration of music and culture from all over the world within the new record, which celebrates the 20th anniversary of the release of his debut album, “The Carnival.”

“Carnival III” is your ticket to a masterful mix of old and new school musical sensibilities from a veteran artist on a mission to take his listeners on the ride of their lives through his story.

Stream the album on Spotify here.

Ringo Starr – ‘Give More Love’ 💿💿💿💿💿

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Legendary showman and former Beatles’ drummer Ringo Starr’s 19th studio compilation, “Give More Love,” sees the multifaceted singer-songwriter and actor in a heartfelt mood throughout a 14-track set. The new album sets a different tone compared to his last project, 2015’s “Postcards from Paradise.”

Recorded mainly in his Los Angeles home studio, the new record enlists an A-List roster of the best musicians in the business. Former Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney lends bass and backing vocal support on two tracks: “We’re on the Road Again” and “Show Me the Way.” Returning collaborators include session ace Steve Lukather (Toto), Timothy B. Schmit (Eagles), veteran guitarist Peter Frampton and the legendary Edgar Winter.

“Give More Love” is an eclectic mix of the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll through the ages with a splash of Starr’s country music influences. From the lead track’s fun, infectious guitar overdrive into “Shake It Up,” with its Elvis rockabilly energy to the Hank Snow inspired “So Wrong for So Long,” every track reflects Starr’s appreciation of music.

With a little help from his friends, watch for Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band to make a star-studded appearance at the Ted Constant Convocation Center, Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m.

Stream the album on Spotify here.

Rating System:

💿 – Face palm.
💿💿 – Eh…
💿💿💿 – We’re getting there.
💿💿💿💿 – I’ll listen to it twice, even.
💿💿💿💿💿 – Hell yes!