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Music didn’t have commercial appeal Had a tone of urgency in the music’s soundoDid decent and had 250,000 albums soldSONG: Public Enemy No. 1oWhen he uses the word UZI he is talking about his brain not a gun They put out singles and went on tour The Beastie Boys at this time are hot, so Public Enemy opened up for them oPublic Enemy gained exposure to the audience which they benefited from People said Public Enemy fans stole the show at the Beastie Boys shows People thought Flavour Flav was weird
SONG: Rebel Without A PauseoIt had a bug/kettle sound that made it addicting oThree songs on one single Public Enemy set themselves up oThey were shit disturbers oThe media started watching their every move and criticising them oWhite Jewish writers in the press are writing about themoOne righter is named Timothy White Told a story that said that Public Enemy rapped about the pleasures of misogyny and gang life There is suggestion in the lyrics of such thingsoPeople also things that this is gangster music, however their rhymes were more sophisticated This first LP didn’t sell that well because there weren’t any commercial hits on it Next LP was called It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us BackoPicture of Chuck D and Flavour Flav behind bars on the album cover Critics were now calling this the finest hip hop album ever made oAlbum was made out of frustration Chuck D is an intellect he reads what the writers have to sayoHe is interested in the media’s response to his songs and how the media works in society From the second album :SONG: Bring The NoiseMinister Lewis FarrakhanoLeader of the Nation of IslamoHe had so much clout that he could tour with his congregation oHe said things that were an inspiration to Public Enemy oHis cassettes started playing like hot mix CDsoWas an upliftment stage for black people helped them discover where are they from and where they were goingAnother song – Don’t Believe The Hype oSecond single from the album in 1988 Bring The Noise was the third single on that album in 1988 from Def Jam oOn the movie soundtrack Chuck D also criticises black radio stationsoHe calls minister Farrakhan a prophet this is the man that calls white people devils and doesn’t justify what he is saying oHe was an inspiration at the time oVery closely knitted with the rap community SONG: Don’t Believe The HypeoFlavour Flav lightens Chuck D’s seriousness oSuckers, Liars, etc… he is talking about the media writers More singles eventually came out but what was most important was what was happening on stage oProfessor Griff has some homophobia and anti-Semitic beliefs Made people question Public Enemy’s stance Chuck D later explains that rap is the black CNN mainstream media can’t do it oThey talk about the prison system, government, etc… The group made people understand themselves It was 20 years since they saw anyone like Chuck D for having such a political impact oPraise and controversy at the same time