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      As pioneers of the hip hop genre in the early 80s, Public Enemy became the first rappers to focus their music on the political and social issues that surrounded them. The members of Public enemy made a name for themselves despite coming to power when hip hop was highly controversial and frequent... read more
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      As pioneers of the hip hop genre in the early 80s, Public Enemy became the first rappers to focus their music on the political and social issues that surrounded them. The members of Public enemy made a name for themselves despite coming to power when hip hop was highly controversial and frequently violent, especially on tour dates. Still flanked by their private security group, S1W, Public Enemy continues to release celebrated albums, like the upcoming Most of Our Heroes Don't Appear on a Stamp. They also still put on killer shows, like they've been doing on international tour dates in 2011, dubbed the Tour 77, in celebration of "Bring the Noize"'s 20th Anniversary.

      Group leader Chuck D got his start as a DJ at a New York radio station and soon began rapping with help from his longtime friend, Flavor Flav. The first song he ever released was "Public Enemy Number One" which was given to struggling music producer Rick Rubin by then-unknown DJ Andre "Dr. Dre" Brown. Rubin recruited Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff (as the "Minister of Information"), and DJ Terminator X, to form a hip hop group that combined gritty rap with socially conscious lyrics. While Public Enemy's debut album, Yo! Bum Rush the Show launched the band into stardom, it was their next record, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back that would achieve greater success. Both this album and Fear of a Black Planet went platinum, with the latter becoming so well known for its socially charged lyrics that it was admitted into the Library of Congress.

      Public Enemy has continued to produce acclaimed albums, with fans looking forward to the release of Most of Our Heroes Don't Appear on a Stamp in 2012. In the meantime, audiences can catch Public Enemy's 2011 tour dates which, after visiting Europe and South America, will spend August in North America. Public Enemy's 2011 tour dates end on September 9, after performances in the UK, so buy your tickets today!

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