The opening titles to Spike Lee’s ‘Do The Right Thing’ make for one of the most iconic images in movie history, with Rosie Perez dancing in silhouette to the sounds of ‘Flight The Power’ as trains and cars rush by.
The song’s official video was no less visually striking, with giant images of Malcolm X and the PE gun target logo overlooking a street demo. Flavour Flav’s demented posturing with a top hat making him look like Baron Samedi from ‘Live And Let Die’, and some decidely camp dancing from the Nation Of Islam’s bereted soldiers are just a couple of images that stay in your mind long after the video’s finished. Add to that the relentlessly driving beat, and the lyrical content delivered with the force of a juggernaut, and you get a snapshot of a truly golden era in hip-hop which, sadly, none of today’s insipid output comes anywhere near to measuring up to.
“Elvis was a hero to most, but he never meant shit to me, you see. Straight up racist that sucker was, simple and plain. Motherfuck him and John Wayne.”