MC’s Chuck D and Flavor flav team up with Moby
Nick Mills

15:59 2nd July 2004

Protest music unites legendary MC’s Chuck D and Flavor flav with musician/producer Moby.  "Make Love F*ck War", Moby and Public Enemy’s new collaboration, will be released this week through the iTunes Music Store.

The track was originally recorded for an upcoming compilation celebrating the Athens Olympic Games.  Now the song is being sold as a single for 55p, or as an EP with alternate versions for £1.65.

Compilation organizers were responsible for putting the two sounds together. "They approached me and asked if I'd like to do something with Public Enemy," Moby says. "Back when I used to DJ in the mid- to late-Eighties, I played Public Enemy all the time. I've been a fan of theirs since forever, so of course I said yes."

Moby created the music for "Make Love F*ck War," while PE's Chuck D and Flavor Flav wrote the lyrics, inspired by the political turmoil of the past year. Moby attempted an Old Skool beat to complement the duo's lyrics. "I was trying to go for that late-Eighties Bomb Squad production sound," he says. "A few of my friends said, 'Wow it sounds really dated.' [Laughs] I said, 'Well yeah, that's the point.' I didn't want to make some kind of Neptunes-ish, slick R&B track with Chuck D on it. I wanted to make something that sounded like a building falling down."

Moby also says he's hoping for an April 2005 release for the follow-up to 2002's 18, though he's not yet sure what it will sound like, as he's already recorded three albums and plans to release one of the three. "I guess I'm a little bit of an overachiever," he says. "I'm playing them for my friends and asking, 'Which one do you guys like?' Cause I think I like them all."