Formed in Long Island in 1985, Public Enemy became more than just a band of hip-hop artists. Within the space of four albums, they had cemented rap as a bona fide musical force, with its teeth firmly embedded in the worlds of politics and racial inequality.
The first album, Yo! Bum Rush The Show set the band’s trajectory, with tracks such as Public Enemy No 1 harnessing Chuck D’s scattergun wordplay and Vernon Reid’s sharp guitar to create a scathing attack on the establishment.
The next outing, It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back sees the groupstepping things up, in terms of fury and tempo. The standout track, Don’t Believe The Hype, sheds new light on the narrative concerning racial injustice.
Uncompromising, intelligent and seemingly without fear, Public Enemy are just asrelevant now as they were back in the ‘80s.