If any year needed some new Public Enemy, it was 2015. The band's legendary mix of socio-political commentary, wry humor, and hyper-layered production has made them the rare hip-hop group that's been able to transcend and lead every era of the movement. Public Enemy has always stood alone, but increasingly every major hip-hop record has some Public Enemy DNA. So in a year where their radical call to arms and bombastic sound is suddenly dominating the…Continue
DC band Payback Club may still be working on their debut, but the five piece's debut single gives hard rock and metal fans a lot to be excited for. 'Unfinished Enemy' draws on pieces of the history of metal for a new sound. There's singer SE7EN's NWOBHM operatic vocal delivery and occasional nu-metal growl, alternative metal rhythms, sludgy low end, triumphant strings, and an epic thrashy solo. The band finds an aggressive hook or two in the ensuing melee,…Continue
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Listen to 'Enemy', the new track from D.C. born singer-songwriter Kelela. The acoustic delight features Animals as Leaders frontman Tosin Abasi on an eight string guitar. Get into it, below. Sadly, we have to wait till next summer till we hear Kelela's long-awaited debut album.
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Iconic hip-hop group Public Enemy will release deluxe editions of their 1988 album 'It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back' and their 1990 offering, 'Fear of a Black Planet'. Formed in Long Island, New York in 1982, Chuck D,Flavor Flav, DJ Lord, The S1W group, Khari Wynn and Professor Griff became a collective voice for the African American community, never one to shy away from their criticism of the American establishment. It was this politically charged nature that…Continue
1990 was a beautiful year for hip-hop. Artists like Brand Nubian, A Tribe Called Quest, LL Cool J, Public Enemy and many others released works expressing how young, black men felt about the world at that time. Among all the albums released, even in their differences, they all carried the same 90’s feel. The same conscious vibration. These young artists were capturing black consciousness and pride into clever lyrics and old school record samples. The emergence of pride and…Continue
AFROPUNK Fam! 'Let Fury Have the Hour' is a dope film about creative counter-culture featuring Chuck D of Public Enemy, Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine, Boots Riley of The Coup, Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat, Wayne Kramer of MC5, among others.
Sharing "powerful tales of how they transformed anger and angst into provocative art and ideas". Music, activism, skate, art, education and more.
The movie is…
No one could have prepared the city of Indianapolis for what took place on December 4, 2012. One the most influential hip hop groups of all time just happened to roll into town on a stop for their 14 city HipHopgods tour. Base!!! How Low Can You Go! You guessed it- Public Enemy! With a career that has spanned over 25 years, produced 85 tours, and a recent nomination for the 2013 Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, there seems to be no stopping for Public Enemy any time…Continue
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Flavor Flav's entire career has walked the line between deserved legend and self-parody. As the comedic yin to Chuck D's deadly serious yang, he was the sugar needed to swallow Chuck D's bitter medicine. These days Chuck D's ferocious political rhymes are most often credited for Public Enemy's success, with Flav's entire career having been essentially retconned by his current stint as a pandering reality TV star. It…Continue