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5 powerful performances from the 20th annual BET Awards

For two decades, the BET Network has celebrated Black culture with its annual awards ceremony. While the event usually takes place inside Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles, Sunday’s awards ceremony was carried out virtually due to the continued spread of coronavirus. Not only was BET commemorating the 20th anniversary of its awards show, but 2020 marks the 40th anniversary of the BET Network itself. Inglewood-born actress and comedian Amanda Seales hosted the broadcast from ...
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Watch Megan Thee Stallion, Public Enemy & Nas, DaBaby, Roddy Ricch, More Perform At A Very Different BET Awards

The awards show is changing. When you can't put dozens of celebrities in the same room for a live telecast, things don't work the same anymore. They look especially different when it comes to the BET Awards. Last night, the cable network aired its annual awards show, which was nothing like last year's … More »
Tags: Music, News, Nas, Yg, Public Enemy, The Roots, Rapsody, Black Thought, BET Awards, Jahi, DaBaby, Roddy Ricch, Megan Thee Stallion, Uestlove, Watch Megan Thee Stallion Public Enemy amp, Nas DaBaby Roddy Ricch


Public Enemy – “State Of The Union (STFU)” (Prod. DJ Premier)

The last time we heard from righteous rap legends Public Enemy, things were not so righteous. Back in April, the group announced that their noisy split from longtime hypeman Flavor Flav was a hoax, and that it was all staged to promote the new album from Public Enemy offshoot Public Enemy … More »
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When Punk & Reggae Fans Launched the “Rock Against Racism” Movement and Pushed Back Against Britain’s Racist Right (1976)

The UK of the late-70s was, in many unfortunate respects, like the UK (and US) of today, with far-right attacks against West Indian and Asian immigrants becoming routine, along with increased aggression from the police. Enoch Powell’s inflammatory 1968 “Rivers of Blood” speech (denounced in the papers as a naked “appeal to racial hatred) energized the far-right National Front. Nazi punks and skinheads began violent campaigns in the mid-70s. A very hot summer in 1976 saw a riot at the Not...
Tags: Google, Music, Politics, UK, London, College, US, RAR, Britain, Elvis Costello, Birmingham, Public Enemy, Leeds, Enoch Powell, Eric Clapton, Nme


Public Enemy Fear of a Black Planet Dropped 30 Years Ago

Public Enemy is known as one of the greatest and most controversial groups ever in hip hop. Recently, we thought they split after 30+ years, but it turned out to be a hoax. 30 years aog today, Public released their third album, Fear of a Black Planet. Fear of a Black Planet was the follow-up to It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back is viewed by many as one of the greatest hip hop albums ever. Fear of a Black Planet is a dope follow-up and t...
Tags: Music, Albums, Hip Hop, Jazz, John Wayne, Public Enemy, Kane, Black Planet, Fear of a Black Planet, Public Enemy Fear of a Black Planet, Right Thing Soundtrack Fight the Power, Ya Man Reggie Jax


Chuck D Says Public Enemy’s Split From Flavor Flav Was A Hoax To Promote New Album

It feels like ancient history now, but one month ago, there was a whole saga about the legendary rap group Public Enemy parting ways with longtime court jester and hypeman Flavor Flav. Public Enemy Radio -- a side-project group that basically featured all of Public Enemy except for Flavor Flav -- were announced … More »
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Flavor Flav Clarifies That He Has Nothing Against Bernie — And “Fuck Trump!”

Last week, Bernie Sanders announced a Los Angeles rally with a performance from Public Enemy Radio, Chuck D's new Public Enemy offshoot. Flavor Flav, Public Enemy's longtime hypeman, publicly and legally objected to the perceived idea that he would be involved, accusing Sanders of using his likeness to falsely market the … More »
Tags: Music, News, Los Angeles, Public Enemy, Donald Trump, Flavor Flav, Bernie Sanders, Sanders, Bernie, Public Enemy Radio Chuck D


Flavor Flav says Public Enemy feud has nothing to do with Bernie: 'I wish him luck'

Rapper tells the Guardian his issue is with Chuck D, not Sanders – and any rumor he backs Trump is untrueFlavor Flav is still fighting the power. That includes the commander-in-chief.But he wants to set the record straight on a recent dust-up over a performance at a Bernie Sanders rally that got him removed from Public Enemy, the group he helped form. It’s Chuck D, co-founder and core member of the rap group, who Flav has problems with. Not Bernie Sanders. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, US news, Culture, Public Enemy, Bernie Sanders, Trump, Bernie, Chuck D not Sanders, Public Enemy the group


Public Enemy Says Flavor Flav Was Not Fired Over Politics, Has Been “On Suspension Since 2016”

There was bound to be some big political drama this week, but a less-expected subplot turns out to be the breakdown of Public Enemy. Last week, it was announced that Public Enemy Radio, Chuck D's new offshoot of Public Enemy, would perform at Bernie Sanders' rally in LA on this past Sunday. This … More »
Tags: Music, News, La, Public Enemy, Flavor Flav, Bernie Sanders, Chuck D, Public Enemy Radio Chuck D


Public Enemy ‘Moving Forward’ Without Flava Flav After Bernie Sanders Rally Dispute

Legendary hip hop group Public Enemy announced Sunday that it will be “moving forward” without Flavor Flav, its hype man of some 35 years, after a disagreement over a Bernie Sanders rally. Flavor Flav had clashed with Chuck D, the group’s other remaining founding member, over the latter’s performance at a Sanders rally in Los Angeles Sunday evening with his offshoot group Public Enemy Radio. Flavor Flav sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Sanders campaign on Friday, arguing that the rally...
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Public Enemy Fire Flavor Flav Following Bernie Sanders Dispute

We knew that the 2020 election would be divisive. We did not know that it would lead to a division within one of America's most iconic rap groups, but that has happened. Last week, Bernie Sanders announced a Los Angeles rally that would include a performance from Public Enemy. But it wasn't really … More »
Tags: Music, News, America, Los Angeles, Public Enemy, Flavor Flav, Bernie Sanders, Chuck D


Public Enemy Say Flavor Flav Was Not Fired Over Politics, Has Been “On Suspension Since 2016”

There was bound to be some big political drama this week, but a less-expected subplot turns out to be the breakdown of Public Enemy. Last week, it was announced that Public Enemy Radio, Chuck D's new offshoot of Public Enemy, would perform at Bernie Sanders' rally in LA on this past Sunday. This … More »
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Public Enemy fire Flavor Flav after clash over Bernie Sanders rally

Spat brings one of rap’s longest partnerships to an end, as Chuck D says his former bandmate is motivated by money and ‘better find rehab’Public Enemy have fired founder member Flavor Flav following a dispute over the group performing at a Bernie Sanders rally, bringing to an end one of the most colourful partnerships in rap history.A statement said the group would be “moving forward without Flavor Flav. We thank him for his years of service and wish him well.” Continue reading...
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Bernie Sanders Announces LA Rally With Public Enemy

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have no doubt witnessed the recent momentum of Bernie Sanders' campaign to become the Democratic nominee for president. Already a beloved figure, he's leapt to the front of the pack. And perhaps it comes as no surprise regardless that a lot of young artists have thrown … More »
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How the Grammys Descended into Behind-The-Scenes Chaos

When Alicia Keys hosts the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, she will likely try to keep the mood as upbeat as she did last year. But a dark cloud hangs over the proceedings. The Recording Academy is currently locked in a vicious battle against its former president and CEO Deborah Dugan, who had led the organization for not quite half a year before being placed on administrative leave on Jan. 16. Since then, accusations of harassment, corruption and conflict of interest have whizzed back...
Tags: Chuck, Music, News, Bono, Uncategorized, New York Times, Alicia Keys, Npr, Drake, Public Enemy, Grammys, Academy, Los Angeles Times, University Of Southern California, Barbra Streisand, Alessia Cara


Hear Every Sample on the Beastie Boys’ Acclaimed Album, Paul’s Boutique–and Discover Where They Came From

How would the Beastie Boys follow their debut, Licensed to Ill, wondered critics when the album rose to number one after its 1986 release. The cross-over appeal of their hip hop/frat rock solidified a fan base whose devotion often mirrored their parents’ revulsion. Like many of their later imitators, the Beastie Boys could have played overgrown delinquents till their fans aged out of the act. Few critics expected more from them. “Rolling Stone entitled their review ‘Three Idiots Create a...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Sugarhill Gang, Miles Davis, Public Enemy, Rolling Stone, De La Soul, Eagles, PAUL, Murphy, Facebook Twitter, Rick Rubin, Boutique, Josh Jones, Kottke


London Calling: A New Museum Exhibition Celebrates The Clash’s Iconic Album

In 1983, Rolling Stone proclaimed it the year of the “second British Invasion,” a “golden age” of music from the likes of Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Culture Club, the Human League, Depeche Mode, and other radio-friendly synth pop hitmakers. The label stuck. Thirty years later, CBS News commemorated the year “a slew of [New Wave] acts came over to the states with their synthesizer-driven/R&B-inspired music.” Amidst this frenzy of praise, no one mentions the Clash, who played their final...
Tags: Google, Music, London, College, Cbs News, Sony, Public Enemy, Rolling Stone, Lowry, San Bernardino, Facebook Twitter, Gibson, Josh Jones, Museum of London, Chuck D, Mick Jones


Watch 9 Classic & Lost Punk Films (1976-1981): All Restored and Now Streaming Online

There is a purist feeling about punk to which I’m sometimes sympathetic: punk died, and its death was an inevitable consequence of its live-fast-die-young philosophy and thus should be reverently respected. To immortalize and commercialize punk is to betray its anarchist spirit, full stop. This kind of piety doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. For one thing, some of punk’s most influential impresarios were shameless hawkers of a sensationalized product. For another, from the critic’s perspecti...
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Paternity Test Confirms Flavor Flav Fathered 2-Month-Old Baby Boy at 60 Years Old

Flavor Flav just took a DNA test and it turns out he’s 100% that baby’s daddy! According to The Blast, a paternity test confirmed that the 60-year-old rapper is the father of Kate Gammell’s 2-month-old son Jordan. Gammell, who once worked as part of Flav’s management team (after previously working with Flav’s former Public Enemy groupmate Chuck D), filed a paternity suit against him earlier this month after he ghosted her not long after she gave birth to the baby. The Blast reported that Grammel...
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Daddy’s Hangout Presents Mixtape Friday Volume 10

Once again, we have arrived at another Friday. We all know it’s time for another edition of Mixtape Friday. This week there were only a total of five albums that was bumped. Everything started off with the new album from Future. Afterwards, a pair of legendary groups were up next. Run DMC Greatest Hits and Public Enemy’s It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. Many people consider the Public Enemy album to be one of the best albums ever. It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back is ...
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“Stay Free: The Story of the Clash” Narrated by Public Enemy’s Chuck D: A New Spotify Podcast

FYI: Spotify, in partnership with the BBC, has launched “Stay Free: The Story of the Clash," an eight-part podcast on the iconic punk band, narrated by Public Enemy front man, Chuck D. It might seem like an unexpected pairing. And yet Spotify explains: "Like The Clash, Public Enemy openly challenged the status quo in a completely original way—this parallel and Chuck D’s personal experiences bring a surprising new dimension to the story of The Clash." Reviewing the production in The New Y...
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Wu-Tang Clan Announce “36 Chambers” 25th Anniversary Celebration World Tour

Fresh off the Sundance premiere of their upcoming Showtime documentary  Wu – Tang : Clan  Of Mics & Men, The  Wu – Tang  Clan announce additional European dates for the Gods of Rap Tour with Public Enemy and De La Soul as well as 13  Wu – Tang  Clan Dates in North America including stops in Chicago, Boston, Mountain View and the X Games in Minneapolis. Artist presale begins on Wednesday, February 27th at 10AM local. Gods of Rap is a special tour bringing the biggest and most influential rap gro...
Tags: Europe, London, News, Minneapolis, Berlin, Amsterdam, Showtime, Jazz, Glasgow, Wu Tang, Atlantic City, Dublin, Public Enemy, North America, Wu-tang Clan, De La Soul


A brief history of guitar distortion

Over at Riff Magazine, my old pal David Gill looks back at the birth of distortion and its position as "central to rock and roll as the sex and the drugs." From Riff: In March 1951, a 19-year-old Ike Turner was recording his saxophonist Jackie Breston’s song “Rocket 88,” an ode to the Oldsmobile 88 (and later inspiration for Public Enemy’s “You’re Gonna Get Yours”). (Listen above.) Turner played his guitar loud, so loud, in fact, that his amplifier couldn’t handle it. The resulting distor...
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Duke Haney's Playlist for His Essay Collection "Death Valley Superstars"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Duke Haney takes a unique and insightful view into Hollywood past in Death Valley Superstars' essays. Jonathan Evison wrote of the book: "A kaleidoscopic investigation of American...
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Breaks With Tradition: “Ripped Open By Metal Explosions”

Breaks With Tradition is a Stereogum column that examines a certain song that’s been frequently sampled and how that song has been used through the years. When songwriter/composer/pianist Galt MacDermot passed away last week one day shy of his 90th birthday, the people who memorialized him could be paired off into two distinct camps. More »
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Breaks With Tradition: “Rock Steady”

Welcome to the first installment of Breaks With Tradition! This is a new column that examines a certain song that's been frequently sampled and how that song has been used through the years. We're launching this franchise with a look back at the great legacy and many lives of a 1971 hit from the recently … More »
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PROPHETS OF RAGE Find Their Sound on New Song "Heart Afire"

Sign us up. The post PROPHETS OF RAGE Find Their Sound on New Song "Heart Afire" appeared first on Metal Injection.
Tags: Music, Public Enemy, Cypress Hill, New Music, Rage Against The Machine, PROPHETS OF RAGE


Public Enemy Dropped Second Album 30 Years Ago Today

If you were a hip-hop head and old enough to buy tapes, this was a dope day. Public Enemy dropped their classic 2nd album and Big Daddy Kane released his debut album today. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back is regarded as one of the illest joints ever. When various music publications put together lists of the greatest hip hop albums, this one usually appears somewhere near the top. For people that’s not familiar with Public Enemy, they were one of the first groups to address social...
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Public Enemy’s It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back Turns 30: 7 Unexpected Covers

Thirty years ago today, Public Enemy rewired the brains of hip-hop heads, skatepunks, heshers, and pretty much everyone else who got pulled into their orbit in the late '80s when sophomore release It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back dropped on Def Jam. Still a prime candidate for the greatest full-length to … More »
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Rapping, Deconstructed: How Some of the Greatest Rappers Make Their Rhymes

If high school English teachers can challenge skeptical students to cultivate an appreciation for Shakespeare and poetry with rap-based assignments, might the reverse also hold true? Many aficionados of high culture turn up their noses at rap, believing it to be a simple form, requiring more braggadocio than talent. Estelle Caswell, rap fan and producer of Vox’s Earworm series, may get them to rethink that position with the above video, showcasing how great rappers assemble rhymes. C...
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