**FLASHBACK** Public Enemy – Don’t Believe the Hype

I hadn’t listened to Public Enemy since the ’80s. They were part of the vanguard of rap along with The Fresh Prince and Jazzy Jeff, LL Cool J, Ice Cube & others. A time before the thugs took over hip hop. There were house parties and pool parties and lots of parties but no shooting that I can recall. Those were the days …

When I heard this jam on the radio today, these lyrics caught my attention:
“Don’t believe the hype – its a sequel
As an equal, can I get this through to you”

Don’t believe the hype – it’s a sequel. Poetic in its simplicity but says it all. This is why Public Enemy is now the biggest international hip-hop group around. They just finished touring and will be in Villeurbanne & Nimes, France in April of this year.

According to Wikipedia:

Public Enemy Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff and his S1W group, DJ Lord (DJ who replaced Terminator X in 1999), and Music Director Khari Wynn. Formed in Long Island, New York, in 1982, Public Enemy is 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.

In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Public Enemy[1] number 44 on its list of the Immortals: 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.[2] Acclaimed Music ranks them the 29th most recommended musical act of all time and the highest hip-hop group.[3] The group was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2007.[4] The band were announced as inductees for the 2013 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on December 11, 2012, making them the fourth hip-hop act to be inducted after Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run-DMC and the Beastie Boys.[5]

Here is their 1988 hit “Don’t Believe the Hype”

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~ by katrinataylor44 on January 6, 2013.

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