“Fight The Power”—Public Enemy (Do the Right Thing movie soundtrack,1989)
“The point we were trying to make on ‘Fight The Power’ was that black folks were people, too. And that we should be considered as much as everybody else would be in this country and in the world. The title of the song was not the first time it was used. The title comes from the Isley Brothers’ ‘Fight The Power.’ What was happening 14 years earlier was the same bullshit that was going down then.
Shooting the video for ‘Fight The Power’ was not possible without Spike Lee. We made the record, but Spike at the same time said, ‘Look, I’m going to take what Hollywood is doing and place it in Brooklyn.’ So Spike brought a lot of different factions together. There was a lot of bullshit going on in New York City as far as racial relations and the way people was being treated. And Spike took it upon himself to make a difference. Spike brought all that shit together. All we had to do was fall in and do our thing. We had to just do us.”