Music didnt have commercial appeal Had a tone of urgency in the musics sound o

Music didnt have commercial appeal had a tone of

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Music didn’t have commercial appeal Had a tone of urgency in the music’s sound o Did decent and had 250,000 albums sold SONG: Public Enemy No. 1 o When 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 o Public 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
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SONG: Rebel Without A Pause o It had a bug/kettle sound that made it addicting o Three songs on one single Public Enemy set themselves up o They were shit disturbers o The media started watching their every move and criticising them o White Jewish writers in the press are writing about them o One 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 things o People 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 Back o Picture of Chuck D and Flavour Flav behind bars on the album cover Critics were now calling this the finest hip hop album ever made o Album was made out of frustration Chuck D is an intellect  he reads what the writers have to say o He is interested in the media’s response to his songs and how the media works in society From the second album : SONG: Bring The Noise Minister Lewis Farrakhan o Leader of the Nation of Islam o He had so much clout that he could tour with his congregation o He said things that were an inspiration to Public Enemy o His cassettes started playing like hot mix CDs o Was an upliftment stage for black people  helped them discover where are they from and where they were going Another song – Don’t Believe The Hype o Second single from the album in 1988 Bring The Noise was the third single on that album in 1988 from Def Jam o On the movie soundtrack Chuck D also criticises black radio stations o He calls minister Farrakhan a prophet  this is the man that calls white people devils and doesn’t justify what he is saying o He was an inspiration at the time o Very closely knitted with the rap community SONG: Don’t Believe The Hype o Flavour Flav lightens Chuck D’s seriousness o Suckers, 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 o Professor 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 o They 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 o Praise and controversy at the same time
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