They brought a political consciousness to hip-hop.
When Public Enemy exploded on the scene with their debut album, Yo! Bum Rush the Show!, they immediately claim the position as the racial conscience of Hip Hop. Chuck D was unmatched as a lyricist and vocalist, and his thunderous voice was backed by dense, layered beats. Flavor Flav acted as the group's court jester, but he was no buffoon. Many of his verses hid trenchant social commentary.
Chuck D. (Carlton Ridenhour), Flavor Flav (William Drayton, Jr.), Professor Griff (Richard Griffin), Terminator X (Norman Rogers)
Public Enemy was one of the first Hip Hop acts to blend rap with heavy metal. They recorded with rock bands such as Living Colour and Sonic Youth, and they've toured with Anthrax and Rage Against the Machine.
The "old-school" creators of hip-hop.
The Kings of Rock from Hollis, Queens.
Unapologetic conveyors of urban life in LA.
A) poet, B) rebel, C) gangsta, D) All the above √
Brooklyn's Big Poppa.
Missy Misdemeanor conquered a male dominated genre.
Rap's greatest musical collective.
Two turntables and a microphone - Born in the Bronx.
Birthed from the underground clubs of Chicago and New York.
Electronic dance music born in Detroit.
Soul music makes a return.