Public Enemy

Formed 1982.

American rap group

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Public Enemy - Glastonbury highlights

Highlights of Public Enemy's set on the West Holts stage at Glastonbury 2013.

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Biography

Public Enemy is an American hip hop group consisting of Chuck D, Flavor Flav, DJ Lord, The S1W group, Khari Wynn and Professor Griff. Formed in Long Island, New York in 1982, they are known for their politically charged lyrics and criticism of the American media, with an active interest in the frustrations and concerns of the African American community. 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, "the most acclaimed body of work ever by a rap act." In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Public Enemy number 44 on its list of the Immortals: 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. 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 after Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run–D.M.C. and The Beastie Boys.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of How You Sell Soul To A Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul???

    How You Sell Soul To A Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul??? 2007

    Reviewed by Jerome Blakeney
    Still fighting the power. What time is it? It's PE time, boieeee...
  2. Review of New Whirl Odor

    New Whirl Odor 2005

    Reviewed by Adam Webb
    Their overtly political stance seems about as contemporary as The Cabbage Patch Kids.
  3. Review of Power To The People And The Beats - Public Enemy's Greatest Hits

    Power To The People And The Beats - Public Enemy's Greatest Hits 2005

    Reviewed by James Poletti
    ...a summary of a modern musical giant...
  4. Review of It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back

    It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back 1988

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    The message was that black music could be reclaimed and re-tooled as a semantic crowbar.
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