Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Public Enemy: Say It Like It Really Is

Since 1986, after seeing Public Enemy perform songs off their yet to be released debut YO! Bumrush The Show, I have been a loyal fan. Run-DMC is the pioneering group who kicked down the racial barrier door, as well as their many contributions to Hip-Hop, but Public Enemy is the water that spread once the floodgates were opened. They're the first Hip-Hop group to go international, the first to raise political awareness and "pro-black" on a whole album, and with the help of their production team called the Bomb Squad (Hank Shocklee, Keith Shocklee, Eric "Vietnam" Sadler and Gary G-Wiz), the messages were to a soundtrack that no other group in music has ever done.

Fast forward to 2010, and we see that Public Enemy remains unwavering. Most of the mainstream rap artists today feel the only way to sell records is by talking about sex, loose women, alcohol, money, drugs, violence, and guns. With their unshakable determination to continue to do good music, PE demonstrates why they have achieved veteran status by sticking to what they do without following trends. Check out their new single "Say It Like It Really Is" from their upcoming album Welcome To The Terrordome that's titled after their single from Fear of a Black Planet released in 1990.

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