- 12 Mar 01
Or how PUBLIC ENEMY changed the landscape of popular culture forever. Words: Peter Murphy. Snapping with The Enemy: Sasfi Hope-Ross
1988. Public Enemy dropped, louder than a bomb, into the mainstream.
The release of 'Bring The Noise' and 'Don't Believe The Hype’ made for a one-two combination of heavyweight power and flyweight agility, and when PE’s coming of age album It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back began booming from every street corner beatbox and Utility Vehicle’s sound system in urban America that July, it sounded like there was a riot going on.
Public Enemy were less a wake-up call than a stress-metal klaxon; sounding for both black and white America. They were also the first truly scarifying emissaries of the hip hop nation: an educated, agitated, organised rap-attack unit out of Long Island, whose Nation Of Islam manners were as unnerving to Mr. and Mrs. America as the stage get-up (black berets, khakis and plastic Uzis) toted by their bodyguards/back-up dancers, the security Of The First World.