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Public Enemy, also known as P.E., is a seminal Golden Age era Hip-Hop group known for their densely layered production and politically charged lyrics demonstrating their interest in the concerns of the African American community.

PE formed in Long Island, New York, in 1982 around a WBAU radio show as Spectrum City. After one less-than-successful single, they regrouped and signed to the still developing Def Jam record label after Rick Rubin heard Chuck D freestyling on a demo. Their debut, ‘Yo! Bum Rush The Show’, was released in 1987 to mild critical acclaim, although the Hip-Hop climate changed dramatically due to sampling during the time of release. As a response, they went on to release the revolutionary ‘It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back’ in 1988, which performed better in the charts than their previous release, and included the hit single ‘Don’t Believe the Hype’.

Slightly less militant than their previous releases Public Enemy’s, ‘Fear Of A Black Planet’ was officially recognised as being the most successful and influential of the Public Enemy recordings when, in 2004, it became one of 50 recordings, chosen that year by the Library of Congress, to be added to the National Recording Registry. Sales-wise it was the most successful of any of their albums to date. It included the powerful and controversial singles ‘911 is a Joke’ (which criticized emergency response units for taking longer to arrive at emergencies in the black community than those in the white community), and ‘Fight the Power’, which is considered by many to be the group’s premier self-describing anthem.

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  • nonic_tver

    black is back!

    25 Jul 7:41pm Reply
  • D-Fyz

    godfathers of the noise

    18 Jul 1:00pm Reply
  • FCA19795

    The new album is better than I thought it would be.

    16 Jul 11:22pm Reply
  • KingNoCrown

    New album is ight. Cool to see Chuck D still slamming it down in his 50s.

    16 Jul 7:55pm Reply
  • aurelioloser

    new album amazing!!!!

    15 Jul 2:42pm Reply
  • ThrashGangsters

    Check out ThrashGangsters new video clip "Terror Has Begun" http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ASElY8nkIxw

    15 Jul 11:13am Reply
  • oskarchucky

    DΛMП ƬΉIS CӨMMΣПƬ IS FΛПCΥ

    15 Jun 8:10pm Reply
  • oxmar

    just like that

    12 Jun 2:02pm Reply
  • Tuberkulloosi

    Mmm-hmm, yet another pointless riot. I think it's about time to smash my PE-cds to atoms.

    28 Apr 11:57am Reply
  • juliacfonseca

    TOO BLACK, TOO STRONG!

    5 Mar 11:42pm Reply
  • marathonmicha

    Public Enemy No. 1

    20 Jan 8:09pm Reply
  • anonymousca4

    Their political messages are a bit more clear on their more recent works, but musically they've kind of fell off, in addition to their messages seeming a bit repeated and harder to take seriously. iTaNoMtHUB and FoaBP are classics of the genre.

    19 Dec 2014 Reply
  • vittuviladunaa

    always found them to be a bit overrated.

    18 Dec 2014 Reply
  • VadiushaKomarov

    Хип хоп что надо. Возможно лучший, есть подозрения на этот счет.

    16 Nov 2014 Reply
  • cabeza_cuadrada

    "Brothers and Sisters, I Don't Know What this World is Coming to!”

    11 Nov 2014 Reply
  • SkinneeJay

    lol @ accusing Elvis of racism.

    12 Oct 2014 Reply
  • SkinneeJay

    Terminator X and the Bomb Squad are the best thing about this group. Can anyone justify the occasional racism and homophobia?

    12 Oct 2014 Reply
  • rysiek310

    The band that came to me from overseas. YO! MTV RAPS hit me Shut'em Down. Since the 90s, it took some time and had aged, but Public Enemy is for me the most important band ever experienced. Anyway, it's not just the band, is the successor of Martin Luther, Malcolm X. They came to me from across the ocean, shook and changed forever! You are Louder than a Bomb! (my favorite is JMJ Telephone Tap Groove from Greatest Misses). Mam nadzieję, że wasi bohaterowie trafią na znaczki. Dzięki

    14 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Phonophobe

    racist and homophobic but i still love the music

    7 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Carpe4Diem

    Постоянно не доходили уши до них, вникаю в данный сабж и думаю - я грешил, что не слушал.

    28 Aug 2014 Reply
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