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Public Enemy

Public Enemy is an influential Hip-Hop group from Long Island, New York.

Public Enemy emerged in 1987 with their debut record, "Yo! Bum Rush The Show". The album was totally different to the style of rap thatwas around at the time. Public Enemy built off the beats of groups like Run D.M.C. and created their own style of hardcore rap/hip-hop.Chuck D, the group's leader rapper about all kinds of social issues, particularly those affecting the black (African American) community.Flavor Flav, who was essentially Chuck D's sidekick created his own image with his gold teeth, comic ...read more

Public Enemy is an influential Hip-Hop group from Long Island, New York.

Public Enemy emerged in 1987 with their debut record, "Yo! Bum Rush The Show". The album was totally different to the style of rap thatwas around at the time. Public Enemy built off the beats of groups like Run D.M.C. and created their own style of hardcore rap/hip-hop.Chuck D, the group's leader rapper about all kinds of social issues, particularly those affecting the black (African American) community.Flavor Flav, who was essentially Chuck D's sidekick created his own image with his gold teeth, comic sunglasses and a huge clock thatdangled from his neck. Originally a classically trained pianist, Flavor Flav invented the image that was later on borrowed by rappers such asBusta Rhymes, Ol' Dirty Bastard and Juvinile. Public Enemy's records were produced by Rick Rubin (the rock producer who has a soft spotfor hip-hop). Rick has worked with many different groups, ranging from the Beastie Boys to Slayer.

While Public Enemy were arguably the most influential hip-hop act of the late both in image and lyrically, the group's music was also heavilyinfluential. The groups sounds had a lot of cut and paste in it as well as a lot of funk and heavy guitar sounds. The group's production crew,The Bomb Squad were the ones responsible for this as well as the group's lead turntableist, Terminator X. The group's first record wasentitled "Yo! Bum Rush The Show". Rock and hip-hop critics around the world fell in love with the record, despite the fact that it met it's fairshare of controversy. Although many argued that "Yo! Bum Rush The Show" is just as good as anything else Public Enemy have ever done,it wasn't until the group's second record, "It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back" that the group's status as one of the mostimportant musical figures of the late 80s was solidified. « hide

Similar Bands: N.W.A., Beastie Boys, EPMD, Flavor Flav, Ice Cube

LPs
The Evil Empire Of Everything
11/12/2012

2.9
9 Votes
Most Of My Heroes Still Don't Appear On No Stamp
07/13/2012

3.5
11 Votes
How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People..
2007

2.8
38 Votes
Rebirth of a Nation
2006

3.1
42 Votes
New Whirl Odor
2005

3.1
53 Votes
Revolverlution
2002

3.1
39 Votes
There's A Poison Going On
1999

3.3
61 Votes
He Got Game
1998

3.1
65 Votes
Muse Sick-N-Hour Message
1994

3.4
76 Votes
Apocalypse 91 The Enemy Strikes Black
1991

4.3
264 Votes
Fear of a Black Planet
1990

4.4
531 Votes
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us
1988

4.5
852 Votes
Yo! Bum Rush the Show
1987

4.1
249 Votes
Live Albums
Fight the Power...Live!
1989

4
16 Votes
Compilations
Power to the People and the Beats
2005

4.3
20 Votes

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