Public Enemy

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Public Enemy

Public Enemy is 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-DMC and the Beastie Boys.

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Public Enemy

He Got Game (Soundtrack)

He Got Game is a soundtrack and studio album by American hip hop group Public Enemy, released on April 21, 1998, by Def Jam Recordings. It was released as the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s 1998 film of the same name and was the group’s last album for Def Jam. He Got Game was produced by…

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Muse Sick-n-Hour Mess Age

Muse Sick-n-Hour Mess Age is the fifth studio album by American hip hop group Public Enemy, released on August 23, 1994, by Def Jam Recordings. Its title is a stylization of the phrase “music in our message” (or “music and our message”). The album debuted at number 14 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling…

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Apocalypse 91... The Enemy Strikes Black

Apocalypse 91…The Enemy Strikes Black is the fourth studio album by American hip hop group Public Enemy, released October 3, 1991, on Def Jam Recordings. It debuts production team Imperial Grand Ministers of Funk, which consisted of producers Stuart Robertz, Cerwin ‘C-Dawg’ Depper, Gary G-Wiz, and The JBL. The album peaked at number 4 on…

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Fear of a Black Planet

Fear of a Black Planet is the third studio album by American hip hop group Public Enemy, released on April 10, 1990, by Def Jam Recordings and Columbia Records. It was produced by the group’s production team The Bomb Squad, who sought to expand on the dense, sample-layered sound of Public Enemy’s previous album, It…

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It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back is the second studio album by American hip hop group Public Enemy, released in April 1988 by Def Jam Recordings. Public Enemy set out to make the hip hop equivalent to Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, an album noted for its strong social commentary. Recording…

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Yo! Bum Rush the Show

Yo! Bum Rush the Show is the debut album of American hip hop group Public Enemy, released in April 1987 on Def Jam Recordings. The group’s logo, a silhouette of a black man in a rifle’s crosshairs, is debuted on the album’s cover. Yo! Bum Rush the Show features a sample-heavy sound by production team…

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Public Enemy He Got Game Soundtrack
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Since 1984: "He Got Game" Soundtrack Released in 1998

On this day in Def Jam history, Public Enemy released the “He Got Game” soundtrack on Def Jam Recordings. He Got Game is a soundtrack and studio album by American hip hop group Public Enemy, released on April 21, 1998, by Def Jam Recordings.[2] It was released as the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s 1998 film…

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Since 1984: Public Enemy releases debut album "Yo! Bum Rush The Show"

Back in the day on February 10th 1987, Public Enemy released their debut album “Yo! Bum Rush The Show” on Def Jam Recordings. The group’s logo, a silhouette of a black man in a rifle’s crosshairs, is debuted on the album’s cover. Yo! Bum Rush the Show features a sample-heavy sound by production team The…

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Public Enemy- It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back

It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back is the second studio album by American hip hop group Public Enemy, released in April 1988 by Def Jam Recordings. Public Enemy set out to make the hip hop equivalent to Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, an album noted for its strong social commentary. Recording sessions took place during 1987 at Chung King…

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Fight The Power

The source of the greatness of Public Enemy’s “Fight The Power”- commissioned by Spike lee for the soundtrack for Do The Right Thing is no secret. It was Public Enemy at their height, Spike at his height, and the height of the hip-hop nation’s interest in rap and politics.   Released in conjunction with Do…

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"So Whatcha Gone Do Now"

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"Louder Than A Bomb"

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"Can't Truss It"

Watch Public Enemy’s music video for, “Can’t Truss It”

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"Don't Believe The Hype"

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