This isn’t Public Enemy’s first Jab at the Grand Canyon State. Back in 1991 Public Enemy released the song “When I Get to Arizona,” which criticized the state for refusing to recognize Martin Luther King’s birthday as a holiday.
The new single entitled “Tear Down the Wall” is in response to Arizona’s SB Bill 1070. Chuck D explains that the single is in protest to the recent racial profiling action that the state has adopted.
The title of the song is in reference to the Mexico-Arizona and Mexico-California border. Although the song references these borders, Arizona was specifically targeted for their specific racial profiling stance.
Chuck D also explained his dismay at the lack of progress that Arizona has made.
“Yeah, because the governor is a Hitler. Things do change from time to time but it goes right back into just proving that it wants to be something else”, Chuck D explained to Billboard magazine.
“Tear Down That Wall” is available at slamjamz.com and will appear on Chuck D’s Solo album to be released at a later date.