Public Enemy & # 39; s Chuck D has made Elvis Presley a character not liked by many hip-hop fans when he hit famous in "Fight the Power": "Elvis was a hero for the most part / But he did not never wanted to say s-for me / Simple and simple. "(Flavor Flav finished the King with the rhyme:" Motherf – him and John Wayne. ")
In the last episode of "Shoot This Now", director Eugene Jarecki explains how those lines made Chuck D the most important person he interviewed for his new movie "The King." You can listen on Apple or right here:
"The King" celebrates Elvis as a symbol of the American dream – but argues that America is in its Fat Elvis phase, the period of decline that Presley has spent performing in Las Vegas and dependent on the pills. Jarecki believes that America can be saved, but only by facing its economic inequality and its racism.
When Chuck D agreed to an interview, Jarecki said he had guesses about what he could have said, based on his lines in "Fight the Power." But Chuck D surprised him.
"The role of Chuck D in the film is unimaginably profound for me, I would say it's the most important interview in the film … for many reasons," Jarecki says about the podcast. "I suppose I thought I'd get a deep answer, but I never imagined the depth of Chuck D's thinking on this subject, because I'd never heard anyone think so deeply about it."
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Jarecki added: "The way he thinks about what racism in that lyric means is far from what a superficial look at the song could lead to believing." Chuck developed a way to understand his indignation, which is a continuous outrage that everyone we should try for the crimes committed against black America, yet at the same time there is an incredible magnanimity that Elvis has as an artist. "
"The King" includes interviews with many others, including David Simon, whose drama "The Wire" includes this quoted phrase: "You come to the king, you do not miss it."
In his 1989 quote on "Fight the Power" and his interview with Jarecki about 30 years later, Chuck D shows you can come to the King, get a hit, and still have the generosity of separating the artist from racism which has boosted his career. But "The King" is about to start.
Watch the movie trailer – including Chuck D delivering his famous lines – right here:
Elvis Presley through the years
Around 1958, American singer and actor Elvis Presley (1935-1977) sits in a restaurant with his uniform of the United States Army. (Photo by Getty Images / Getty Images)
ELVIS PRESLEY – In the picture: Singer Elvis Presley during a performance (Photo of NBC / NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
GERMANY – FEBRUARY 1959: Rock and Roll singer Elvis Presley reports that everything is fine during his service trip to Germany in February 1959. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images)
GERMANY – FEBRUARY 1959: Rock and roll singer Elvis Presley poses for a portrait during his service tour in Germany in February 1959. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images)
GERMANY – 1959: rock and roll singer Elvis Presley wears his uniform of the United States Army during his service shift in 1959 in Germany. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images)
1959: rock and roll musician Elvis Presley takes off his hair in preparation for his service tour in the United States Army in 1959 in Germany. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images
(GERMANY OUT) Presley, Elvis * 08.01.1935-16.08.1977 + Singer, actor, USA – Elvis visits rock & # 39; n & # 39; roller Bill Haley (l) in his dressing room during his tour in Germany in Frankfurt (photo by ullstein bild / ullstein bild via Getty Images)
(Original caption) Elvis Presley performs a comb through his famous braids at the Draftee reception depot here on March 24th. The singer is scheduled for a trip to the barber G. I. on March 25, where the key to his locks will probably be found.
June 24: Rock and roll singer Elvis Presley poses for a portrait with teddy bears to publicize the release of his album "Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear" on June 24, 1957. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images )
CIRCA 1957: Rock and roll singer Elvis Presley poses for a portrait around 1957. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images)
NEW YORK – JANUARY 6: Rock and roll musician Elvis Presley performed on the stage of the Ed Sullivan Show on January 6, 1957 in New York, NY. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images)
The singer Elvis Presley holds the actress Jennifer Holden, her co-star in the film "Jailhouse Rock", while they spend time together in a pool, around 1957. (Photo by Keystone / Hulton Archive / Getty Images)
The American rock and roll singer and actor Elvis Presley (1935-1977) smiles as he stands with his hands in his pockets and a guitar around his shoulders during his second appearance at Ed Sullivan Show, New York, New York , October 28, 1956. (Photo of CBS Photo Archive / Getty Images)
UNITED STATES – AUGUST 1956: Photo of Elvis Presley during the filming of "Love Me Tender" in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images)
UNITED STATES – JANUARY 1: Portrait around 1966 of American singer / actor Elvis PRESLEY. (Keystone-France / Gamma-Keystone photo via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES – January 1: a portrait around 1966 by Elvis PRESLEY, the famous American singer / actor. (Keystone-France / Gamma-Keystone photo via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Las Vegas, Nev..Intertainer, Elvis Presley sits with cheeks cheek to his bride, the former Priscilla Ann Beaulieu, after their marriage, May 1, 1967.
(Original Caption) 5/1/1967-Las Vegas, NV: Elvis Presley presents her new bride, Priscilla Ann Beaulieu, a kiss after their marriage. The bride wears a large diamond on her finger.
ELVIS: SPECIAL REIMBURSEMENT – # 39 – In the picture: (lr) Susan Henning in the role of Blonde Girl, Elvis Presley during her Special Finding of '68 on NBC – (Photo by: Frank Carroll / Gary Null / NBC / NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
ELVIS: SPECIAL REFUND OF & # 39; 68 – In the picture: Elvis Presley during his special return of the '68 on NBC – (Photo by: Frank Carroll / Gary Null / NBC / NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV – August 1: rock and roll musician Elvis Presley at a press conference after his first performance at the Hotel International in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 1, 1969. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images )
380450 08: President Richard Nixon shakes hands with Elvis Presley on December 21, 1970 at the White House. (Photo of National Archive / Newsmakers)
Promotional shot of the actor and musician Elvis Presley, as it appears in the documentary film & # 39; Elvis; That & # 39; s It Is It & # 39 ;, 1970. (Photo by Stanley Bielecki Movie Collection / Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY – JUNE 9: Entertainer Elvis Presley holds a press conference for his three-day concert at Madison Square Garden on June 9, 1972 at the New York Hilton Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella / WireImage)
(Original title) Elvis is back. New York: Elvis Presley, 37, tells one of his rare press conferences in New York that his 15-year-old revolving exhibitions, which shocked thousands of parents and made him censor under the television camera, were "tamed" compared to what they are "doing now. & # 39; He said: "All I did was a start."
Elvis Presley (Photo by Tom Wargacki / WireImage)
(GERMANY OUT) Presley, Elvis * 08.01.1935-16.08.1977 + Saenger, Schauspieler, USA – Comeback-Konzert im International CenterHawaii "This is how it is" (Photo by ullstein bild / ullstein bild via Getty Images)
circa 1975: American rock singer Elvis Presley (1935 – 1977), wearing a white dress with studded rhinestones and string guitar, singing in a microphone with his eyes closed. (Photos International / Getty Images)
Elvis Presley (Photo by Tom Wargacki / WireImage)
Elvis Presley with girlfriend Linda Thompson (Photo by Tom Wargacki / WireImage)
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