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‘They Say My Music’s Too Loud’: Chuck D and Ernie Isley ‘Fight the Power’

NPR's American Anthem series brings together two songwriters -- Ernie Isley of The Isley Brothers and Chuck D of Public Enemy -- whose respective versions of "Fight the Power" eyed the same struggle. The Isley Brothers spent the 1960s churning out hits like "Twist and Shout," "This Old Heart of Mine" and "It's Your Thing."

Killer Mike Interviews George Clinton


The 42-year-old rapper Killer Mike, of Run The Jewels, and the 75-year-old funk legend George Clinton, founder of Parliament and Funkadelic, may be from different generations, but it turns out they have a few things in common: They've both created music that seemed commercially risky at first, yet ended up transcending genres and creating a new audience. And they both embrace music as a force for social change.

It also turns out they've both owned barbershops — and that's no coincidence. Both men say the businesses allowed them the financial freedom to take creative risks.

So we brought the two of them together at Killer Mike's SWAG Shop — the Shave Wash And Groom Shop — in Atlanta. They settled in for a wide-ranging conversation that covers everything from barbershop philosophy to the birth of Funkadelic to Clinton's work with Outkast and other members of the Atlanta hip-hop scene.

August 15, 2016 • Watch the invigorating, genre-busting bandleader, drummer, singer and rapper perform four songs — three from this year's Malibu, plus one surprising audience request.

December 22, 2016 • Watch Bon Iver play a full concert, including songs from22, A Million, at Pioneer Works, a cavernous warehouse in Brooklyn, N.Y.

In a Manhattan studio, some of the musicians behind Planetarium play the album's beautiful closing track.