Public Enemy’s song, “Harder Than You Think,” has been selected for NBC’s official Super Bowl XLIX Commercial, currently airing on the network with a voiceover by fellow hip hop legend Ice-T. “Harder Than You Think” was also featured in the UK’s powerful and emotionally-charged “Meet The Superhumans” 2012 Paralympics campaign, hailed as one of the [cont.]
My newest piece for Cuepoint examines why Public Enemy’s It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back is the greatest rap album of all time. I spoke with Chuck D about the new reissues of Nation and Fear Of A Black Planet, why it took so long for them to come out, and [cont.]
Public Enemy’s It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back is finally getting its long-awaited deluxe edition reissue. The official description for the November 25th release is as follows: 2014 2CD/DVD Deluxe edition reissue.Includes the original album, executive produced by Rick Rubin, & produced by Hank Shocklee and Carl Ryder (aka Chuck D.), [cont.]
The early days of Public Enemy are examined by Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin in the new video clip, the third in a series examining the early days of Def Jam. With the aid of Elliott Wilson, the pair talk about Chuck D’s time with Spectrum City, the formation of the concept of Public Enemy, [cont.]
P.E. on the Tonight Show! In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Def Jam, Public Enemy performs their seminal single from Yo! Bum Rush The Show, with a little help from The Roots.
Combat Jack writes: “Internets, this is such an honor. It’s been few years of me trying to get the legendary Chuck D on The Combat Jack Show. It took current events, plus the Freddie Foxxx episode to make this happen (thank you Bumpy!). How do I even describe this 3 hour long discussion with Chuck [cont.]
Public Enemy has teamed with the BitTorrent community to release a remix EP of fan created remixes of their track, “Get Up Stand Up”, featuring Brother Ali. The tools for the project were released via BitTorrent in June 2013, and today the remix EP is released via iTunes and for free via BitTorrent. The five [cont.]
In part one, on Arsenio’s original show, Chuck D said we need to be careful not to lose rap the way we lost jazz and the blues. Now, 20 years later, it’s time to ask: has that happened? In part two, Arsenio had to ask Chuck D about the first time he met Flavor Flav, [cont.]
Serato has teamed with Public Enemy to produce a limited edition Serato Control Vinyl paired with P.E.’s classic single, “Shut ‘Em Down”. The official description is as follows: A 2×12” Serato Picture Disc Pressing that features the legendary track ‘Shut Em Down’ by Public Enemy and its Instrumental version on the A sides, plus the [cont.]
EPMD DJ Scratch talks about Jam Master Jay helping him out on the road and paying his dues with Run-D.M.C. and Public Enemy.
This we can get behind. P.E. will release a documentary chronicling their entrance to The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame earlier this year. The special will air on Centric TV on June 1st.
Flavor Flav gives an interview in Grand Junction, (“where you can function”), CO, and speaks about Public Enemy’s Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction.
Rap nerds unite. Each LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, De La Soul and DJ Z-Trip will come together for the Kings Of The Mic Tour, a 26-date U.S. excursion that sounds ripped from the 80′s. Yes, we will definitely be there. LL Cool J w/ DJ Z-Trip, Public Enemy, Ice Cube, & De [cont.]
P.E. have released a mix of their last two albums, The Evil Empire Of Everything and Most Of My Heroes Still Don’t Appear On No Stamps, combining them into one tightly-knit 11-track project called Evil vs. Heroes. The set is available on iTunes now.
Public Enemy are one of the most influential, controversial and radical hip hop groups of all time. True pioneers, the band revolutionized hardcore rap in the late 80’s with a trailblazing blend of political themes and innovative music production. The Public Enemy 25th Anniversary Vinyl Collection celebrates a landmark 25 years since the band’s first [cont.]
From The Evil Empire Of Everything, available now. Directed by David Snyder.
Public Enemy were officially inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this morning, following Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five in 2007, Run DMC in 2009 and the Beastie Boys in 2011. Also inducted today were Rush, Heart, Randy Newman, Donna Summer and Albert King. “It’s not an achievement for Public Enemy per [cont.]
Happening November 29th at Irving Plaza in New York City is The Hip-Hop Gods Classic Tourfest Review. The show is headlined by Public Enemy, and will also include performances from Leaders of The New School, Monie Love, X-Clan, Schoolly-D, Wise Intelligent of Poor Righteous Teachers, Son Of Bazerk & No Self Control, Awesome Dre, Davy [cont.]
In the midst of Disney buying Lucasfilm, we witness yet another corporate mega-merger; a scenario all to familiar to Public Enemy. A group that started on rap’s pioneering indie label, Def Jam, Chuck and Flav slowly watched one record company be eaten by the next, reaching this point, where they all have more or less [cont.]
Public Enemy and N.W.A. are among a list of first-time nominees for entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. Alongside Rush and Deep Purple, this is the first time for both pioneering hip-hop acts to be recognized for the Hall, who will also join returnees Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, [cont.]
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