Published on August 27, 2014
PUBLIC ENEMY: THE CRAZY UNCLES OF MODERN RAP PublicEnemyarehailedasbeingoneof themostinfluentialgroupofrapartists ofalltime,andweremassive contributorstomusicandculture worldwidewiththeirhard-hittingpolitical lyricsandinnovativeandunconventional instrumentals.Withtheirbiggestsingle in1989,“FightThePower”,PublicEnemy (shortenedtoP.E.)broughtthestruggles oflifein“thehood”ontotheradiosand helpedtousherinthe“goldenage”of rapduringthelate80’sand90’s.Public enemyinspiredartistssuchasN.W.A.,X Clan,EricB.&Rakim,QueenLatifah,and ATribeCalledQuesttopoliticisetheir lyricsandspreadthemessageofthe African-Americanstrugglestotheworld. TheyhavebeeninductedintotheRockN’ RollHallofFameandareranked#44in RollingStone’sTop100GreatestArtists ofAllTime.Theynotonlyinfluencedthe worldofrap,butalsoaidedinpublicising Pictured: Carlton “Chuck D” Ridenhour andfightingagainsttheproblemsin (butnotlimitedto)theUnitedStates thattypicallyAfricanAmericansand peopleofapoorereconomic backgroundsingeneralarefaced with,andthusweremetwith considerablecontroversyand criticismbutalsooverwhelming successandacclaim,andhelped bringaboutgreatchangeintheUSA. Interesting Note: Public Enemy is actually comprised of three groups, the ‘nucleus’ of the group being Chuck D, FlavorFlav, Professor Griffand Khari Wynn, but also their DJ and production team, The Bomb Squad, and their performance/live group, the S1W (Security of the 1 st World), who dress up in military-style uniforms in concert.