Toronto Mike

Public Enemy

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Elvis Was A Hero To Most (3x)

I've always loved Public Enemy.  I'm still infatuated with the first four Public Enemy albums.  Those samples, those hardcore drum beats, Chuck D's rhymes... PE remains the greatest hip-hop band of all-time. "Fight the Power", the last track on their third album, Fear of a Black Planet, recently turned 20.
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Fight the Power Turns Twenty

Has it really been twenty years since Public Enemy's "Fight the Power"?  I must be getting old, because I remember wearing out my Public Enemy mix tapes on my Sony Walkman as a teen. Twenty damn years... Here's your PE primer if you need one. Here's the awesome Spike Lee
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No Respect

I was getting some online jargon when I saw the lineup for Coachella 2009.  The unbelievably good lineup can be seen in alphabetical order here but my issue is with the poster. Here it is.  WTF?  Public Enemy gets the small font on line four?!?!?!??!
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Your Public Enemy Primer

I'm writing this Public Enemy primer off the top of my head, because I was there and I remember. You thought I was strictly a rock guy, didn't you?  The fact is that I've spent a pretty good percentage of my music listening life focusing on the rap and hip-hop
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Bring the Noise

After hearing It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back for the first time, I couldn't believe my ears.  I had finally found music that got my heart pumping, my head banging and my mind racing all at once.  A standout track on that phenomenal album is "Bring
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A Sampling Sport

My appreciation for James Brown comes directly from Public Enemy.  Sure, I dig a James Brown song or two, I own The CD of JB (Sex Machine & Other Soul Classics), but I prefer my JB sampled by PE. I mentioned yesterday the dominance of James Brown samples in the
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