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Public Enemy Biography

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Birth Place: Long Island, New York
Years Active: 1982–present
Genres: Political Hip Hop

Public Enemy is an American hip hop band consisting of Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff and his S1W group, DJ Lord, who replaced Terminator X in 1999 and bassist Brian Hardgroove.

Formed on Long Island, New York in 1982, Public Enemy are known for their politically charged lyrics and criticism of the American media, with an active interest in the frustrations and concerns of the African American community.

Their debut album, “Yo! Bum Rush The Show,” was released in 1987 to critical acclaim. The album was the group's first step toward stardom. The group released the album “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back” in 1988, which performed better in the charts than their previous release, and included the hit single "Don't Believe the Hype" in addition to "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos".

“Fear of a Black Planet” was released in 1990 and featured the singles "Welcome To The Terrodome", "911 Is a Joke" and "Fight the Power." "Fight the Power" reached #1 on Hot Rap Singles and #20 on the Hot R&B Singles.

The groups last album to date is 2007’s “How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul?.” Public Enemy's single from the album was "Harder Than You Think"

In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Public Enemy number forty-four on its list of the Immortals: 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. The group was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2007.