Public Enemy

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Public Enemy - Fight The Power
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Public Enemy - Fight The Power 2,989,976 views
Harder Than You Think 2,107,162 views
public enemy - he got game ( HQ ) 1,444,126 views
public enemy - 911 is a joke ( HQ ) 735,564 views
Public Enemy - Give it up 707,725 views
Public Enemy "Can't Truss It" 578,827 views
Public Enemy - Public Enemy No. 1 568,647 views
Public Enemy vs Benny Benassi - Bring The Noise Remix (Pump-kin Remix) 7,040,015 views
Public Enemy - Can't Truss It 84,380 views
Public Enemy - Fight The Power (Full 7 Min. Version) 48,052 views

Public Enemy User Comments

Skylar H. Feb 8, 2013
Innovative is the most appropriate word to describe Public Enemy and its contributions to hip-hop. I can only imagine what the response was around 1987-88 when PE's first two albums dropped and took music by storm, especially the massive It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back. Around this time, hip-hop on its most general level was drastically changing from party music to a genre that boasted some of the most talented MCs to ever pick up the mic -- while artists like Rakim and Kool G Rap innovated the technical aspects of rapping, Chuck D of Public Enemy innovated the political/message aspect. Chuck took the social commentary which had been featured in a few tracks by other artists like "The Message", and added an entirely new level of aggression and in-your-face attitude. On top of this, the production on PE's first few albums were at the forefront of a short pre-lawsuit period of hip-hop where sampling had no boundaries, and as a result these albums (It Takes A Nation in particular) featured some of the densest production ever and so many samples in each song it became impossible to count them. Nowadays, such a thing would be financially unfeasible, so PE and its early work are the icons of a hip-hop era I've heard dubbed the "wild west" -- just completely breaking barriers, taking the world by storm without artistic limitations, and not caring about criticism or commercial success. Public Enemy have always been a radical group, and unquestionably deserve their induction into the R&R Hall of Fame for their contributions to music and advancement of hip-hop.

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