Public Enemy
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1982
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Public Enemy Biography (BBC)

New York’s Public Enemy are one of the most lauded groups in the history of both hip hop and popular music in general. They were inspired by the social commentary of songs like 1982’s The Message by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, the hard street beats of Run-D.M.C. and lyrical dexterity of their contemporary Rakim, and revolutionised rap music almost single-handedly with their first four albums, released between 1987 and 1991.

Public Enemy presented themselves as more of a militia than a band when they came together in the mid-80s, comprised of members and partners of Spectrum City, a soundsystem set up by brothers Hank and Keith Shocklee. Chuck D had recorded with Spectrum City and became Public Enemy’s leader, insisting that his friend and dissident foil Flavour Flav, who he’d met in 1982, was part of the group when they signed to Def Jam in 1986. Also included in the wider PE organisation were ‘Minister of Information’ Professor Griff, DJ Terminator X and Security of the First World, or S1W, who performed with Public Enemy on tour as a kind of paramilitary-style guard.

Hank and Keith Shocklee became the nucleus of the Public Enemy’s production team, The Bomb Squad, whose dense, sample-heavy beats were as pioneering as Chuck D's firebrand lyrics and delivery. Yo! Bum Rush the Show (1987) announced the group as a super-articulate, politically charged new promise for rap music, but it was their second album, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (from 1988 and featuring a vocal introduction on the record from BBC DJ Dave Pearce) that made Public Enemy superstars, and spawned two enduring hit singles, Don't Believe the Hype and Bring the Noise.

Landmark 1989 single, Fight the Power, which Spike Lee had commissioned as the theme tune for his film Do the Right Thing, and their next two albums - Fear of a Black Planet (1990) and Apocalypse 91… The Enemy Strikes Black were also huge successes, but the group were rocked by controversy in this period (particularly by anti-semitic remarks made by Professor Griff) and Flavour Flav’s addiction to drugs. They went on hiatus in 1993, but survived, both as a recording and touring entity. Tenth album How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul? was released in 2007 to mark 20 years of Public Enemy and, in 2013, the final part of the BBC Four series Black Music Legends of the 1980s was given over to the group in an episode titled Public Enemy: Prophets of Rage. In the same year, they played Glastonbury for the first time.

Public Enemy Biography (Wikipedia)

Public Enemy is an American hip hop group consisting of Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff, Khari Wynn, DJ Lord, and the S1W group. Formed on Long Island, New York in 1982, they are known for their politically charged music and criticism of the American media, with an active interest in the frustrations and concerns of the African American community. They remain one of the most critically acclaimed bands in history. Their first four albums during the late 1980s and early 1990s were all certified either gold or platinum and were, according to music critic Robert Hilburn in 1998, "the most acclaimed body of work ever by a hip hop act".

In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Public Enemy number 44 on its list of the Immortals: 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, the highest ranking for a hip hop act. The group was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2007. The band were announced as inductees for the 2013 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on December 11, 2012, making them the fourth hip-hop act to be inducted.

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Give It Up
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Give It Up
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Don't Believe The Hype
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Don't Believe The Hype
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Fight The Power
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Fight The Power
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Fight The Power - Reading 1992
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Fight The Power - Reading 1992
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Rebel Without A Pause
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Rebel Without A Pause
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Prophets Of Rage
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Prophets Of Rage
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Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos
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Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos
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Get Up Stand Up
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Get Up Stand Up
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Shut Em Down (Pete Rock Remix)
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Shut Em Down (Pete Rock Remix)
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Past BBC Events

2013 Glastonbury
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Worthy Farm, Pilton
2013-06-28T05:38:18
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2013 Glastonbury

2013 Glastonbury

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Worthy Farm, Pilton

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