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Black nationalism all over the radio oAfrican medallions worn as necklaces were a popular fad at the timeWill Smith stated that he agrees with Public Enemy and that they need to be heardoWill Smith never said anything political Flavour Flav was sort of like a court jester There is a distinct Public Enemy logo oIt is a man in a sniper target oChuck D designed the logo he was a cartoonist oSomeone is being targeted in a sniper’s viewpointSymbolic of a black man or b-boy within the target of the gunoWas on the backdrop for all of their stage showsSONG: Fight The PowerRelease in 1989 oReferred to as a perfect 12” single oSpike Lee, after being rejected from Sugar Hill Records, offers them the opportunity to write the theme for the movie titled “Do The Right Thing”Chuck D refers to Elvis and John Wayne as racists – two American iconsIn 1989, Professor Griff gave an interview with the NY Times (or Washington Times?) he said that Jewish people are responsible for the majority of wickedness that goes on across the world Chuck D then fired Professor Griff, but immediately rehires him and then disbanded the group Professor Griff then said Hank Shocklee was full of shitoChuck then fired him permanently oHe fired him for not what he said, but for the damage he was doing to the group Chuck D never stood by or dismissed his statements he was also accused of being anti-Semitic At the time there were no black people on American stampsLP Fear Of A Black Planet was the aftermath of Professor Griff controversy oChuck D made reference to the so called “chosen people”Carrying on with anti-Semitism oThere was uproar in the Jewish Community oHe is being charged with being an anti-Semitic himself oChuck D claims that he was purposeful in what he was doing because he wanted people to focus on the lyrics Finally in 1991 they started working with a trash metal bands including Anthrax , U2, Sisters Of Mercy, and Sonic UoLots of rock and roll exposureMike Jordan, Jesse Jackson, and Public Enemy took over Saturday Night Live The LP went platinumoHip hop was changing again the groups style wasn’t as popular anymore Eventually the group broke up – Flavour Flav kept getting arrested for drugs, guns, domestic abuse oHe became an unlikeable image oDue to him the group got bad publicity 1997/98 they drifted apartoChuck D put out a bio and did radio Flavour Flav now has a showTerminator X bought a farm and put out solo LPsFrank Shocklee put the soundtrack together for the movie Juice
Stephney started a consulting company called Step Son Music Professor Griff ended up working as a bounty hunter in GeorgiaThey reunited for a Spike Lee film later on SONG: Bring The Noise (Remix) (featuring Anthrax)Lecture 13Biz MarkieHe wore his pants low before it was a popular trend (in 1996)When he performed he was very charged and excited