There was a time, not that long ago in reality but so far away in the memory, when rappers didn’t have to wear buckets of gold and their trousers round their knees, when music videos didn’t cost millions of dollars, a time before Eminem, when rap was about the talent and the message.
Public Enemy, who formed in 1982, was a good year for births as it was the year I was pulled screaming into the world, but while I was screaming for milk the brain of Public Enemy, Chuck D, was delivering a message to the world. Unlike the rappers of today, who spend entire albums whining about how hard done by they are and how they have messed up their lives with drugs and women, in Chuck D we find a genuinely intelligent man who has a raw talent with words and a real political message to deliver.
Criticised for their politically and racially charged lyrics, Public Enemy were the Marmite of the music industry with mainstream music critics accusing them of everything from being anti-Semitic to homophobic, at the same times hardcore fans were declaring the group as modern prophets.
This 25th Anniversary release showcases the groups greatest pre-millenium work in vinyl form all with original artwork and packaged together in a classy box, the set includes the albums;
- Yo, Bum Rush The Show
- It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold us Back
- Fear of a Black Planet
- Apocalypse 91… The Enemy Strikes Back
- Muse Sick-n-Hour Mess Age
- He Got Game
It goes without saying that Public Enemy are the godfathers of hip hop and their work has been lovingly represented in this set. It will make a beautiful gift for any old school hip hop fan or if you have a kid who’s into modern hip hop and you want to show them the roots of real rap.
Here is the brilliant Don’t Believe the Hype:
Public Enemy 25th Anniversary Vinyl Collection is out 15 April 2013.