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About Public Enemy
Public Enemy are one of the most critically-lauded groups in contemporary music. This year marks the band’s 25th anniversary following the release of their epic debut album Yo Bum Rush The Show in 1987.
A group whose musical style and incendiary delivery have earned them critical acclaim and millions of fans throughout their career, Public Enemy continues to blaze musical and technological trails with new songs and new media, pulling rap music into the future, all while keeping its musical roots firmly intact. Their messages are as urgent and compelling as ever, their performances just as electrifying. Public Enemy transcends the confines of rap and pop music, remaining one of the African American community’s most important messengers, digital music’s greatest champions, and a rare rap group whose lyrics are dedicated to analyzing, uplifting and empowering all of humanity.
The group burst onto both the rap and pop music world in 1987 with their first single, Public Enemy #1, a startling combination of Chuck D’s commanding orations and Flava Flav’s show-stopping antics to keep the message entertaining. The song is not only known for introducing a whole new sound to the rap genre, but for giving the group their name. A month later, Public Enemy released their debut album, Yo! Bum Rush the Show.
Thanks to their passion, urgency and electrifying performances,The numbers that reflect their extraordinary career are staggering: the band has embarked on over 84 tours, performing over 2000 concerts in 84 countries. Three albums are certified multi-platinum, three more are gold, with four gold singles and a platinum-selling home video. The band have found a slew of new fans in recent months following Channel 4’s decision to use Harder Than You Think as the theme for their coverage of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The track – first released in 2007 – reached #4 in the UK charts this summer: the band’s highest chart place to date and their first UK Top Ten single.