25 Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

February 4, 2015

On February 8th, Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj will both be returning to the Grammys — and both will be vying to take home their first trophy. Like Patti Smith (one nomination), Björk (13) and Snoop Dogg and Brian McKnight (16 each), neither...



Chuck D on Making Public Enemy's Game-Changing B-Sides

November 18, 2014

The complete story of Public Enemy's trail-blazing 1988 LP It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and 1990's Fear of a Black Planet will be told via two Def Jam/UMe reissues released this month. The multi-disc sets, out on November 25th,...


Public Enemy Reveal Origins of Name, Crosshairs Logo

August 18, 2014

Sunglasses company Arnette Eyewear, which has previously made branded shades for metal thrashers Slayer and hardcore legends Bad Brains, recently hooked up with a musical group known more for revolution than fashion: Public Enemy. Beginning Monday,...


Lights, Camera, Revolution: How Public Enemy Made 'Fight the Power'

June 30, 2014

"We needed an anthem," Spike Lee said. "When I wrote the script for Do the Right Thing, every time when the Radio Raheem character showed up, he had music blasting. I wanted Public Enemy." The director may have asked for an anthem for his 1989 chronicle...


After 27 Years, Flavor Flav Is Ready to Be a Frontman

June 2, 2014

Flavor Flav is in tears. Hip-hop's most famous hypeman is getting choked up on stage at New York's Iridium Jazz Club, thanking fans and discussing his 2013 Hall of Fame induction. Since the mid-Eighties, the 55-year-old has made a career egging on others...


Chuck D on Kiss: 'They Deserve to be Inducted' in Rock Hall

April 10, 2014

Public Enemy's Chuck D had high praise for Kiss ahead of their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, telling Billboard, "Personally, I always felt Kiss deserved to be inducted." While ostensibly just high praise from one of last year's inductees...


Chuck D Named Record Store Day Ambassador

February 11, 2014

In an effort to get music fans to believe the hype, Record Store Day has picked Public Enemy frontman Chuck D as its next ambassador in advance of the event on April 19th. The rapper will raise awareness of the consumer event – where independent...


Alex Trebek Raps on 'Jeopardy'

January 7, 2014

Move over Drake, Canada's got a hot new MC dropping all sorts of fire and more "What"s than Noreaga on "Superthug": Alex Trebek grabbed the mic last night on Jeopardy! and rhymed his way through the pun-tasticly titled category, "It's A Rap."...


Public Enemy Dip Into the Vault for Reissues

October 30, 2014

As part of pioneering rap label Def Jam's 30th anniversary celebrations, the label has planned reissues of Public Enemy's 1988 breakthrough album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and their 1990 follow-up LP, Fear of a Black Planet, as...


Flavor Flav Cited for Illegal Fireworks

July 7, 2014

Police brought an early end to Public Enemy hypeman Flavor Flav's annual Fourth of July party over the weekend, confiscating over 100 pounds of illegal fireworks at his Las Vegas home and issuing the rapper two unspecified citations, according...


Read Tupac Shakur's Heartfelt Letter to Public Enemy's Chuck D

June 23, 2014

Chuck D has shared a letter that Tupac Shakur wrote to him detailing the respect he had for the Public Enemy emcee. In his tweet, Chuck wrote, "Letter from Pac, but you should have seen mine."  50 Cent Explains Why Tupac Shakur Is One of Rolling...


Hour of Chaos: The Best of Public Enemy

April 25, 2014

In the late Eighties and early Nineties, Chuck D, Flavor Flav, and Terminator X — a.k.a. Public Enemy — released album after album of sonically adventurous, brutally honest hip-hop. This collection brings together some of the group's...


Joy Division Debut EP Reissued for Record Store Day

March 20, 2014

Joy Division's 1978 debut EP An Ideal for Living will be reissued with new artwork for this year's Record Store Day, according to a post on the group's Facebook. The new version was remastered at Abbey Road Studios in London by the band's longtime...


Flavor Flav Arrested, Released in Time for Mom's Funeral

January 10, 2014

New York State Police arrested Public Enemy's Flavor Flav in Long Island Thursday morning for driving with 16 suspensions on his license. They later released the rapper so he could attend his mother's funeral. In addition to his arrest for "Felony Aggravated...



Replacements Return to Chicago for Riot Fest

September 16, 2013

The last time the Replacements played Chicago, they followed up with a 22-year hiatus. Yesterday, Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson were back to close out the Chicago incarnation of Riot Fest – their first U.S. gig since that show on July 4th, 1991. With...


Beyonce Rules Day One of Made in America

September 1, 2013

An eager crowd gathered at the Rocky Stage on Saturday night after a day that included performances by Deadmau5, Phoenix and Public Enemy at the Budweiser Made in America festival. Bleary-eyed from some combination of heat exhaustion, dancing and alcohol,...

Song Review

"Bring The Noize"

June 18, 2013

It takes big huevos for an MC to name their song after Public Enemy's agit-rap landmark. But there you go. Spitting bare-knuckle rhymes over turret-gun electro-beats, she's still hurling psychedelic firebombs ("do ya like my perfume? Made it at home with...


Made in America Festival 2013

September 1, 2013

Song Premiere: Mat Zo, Chuck D Rock the Beat on 'Pyramid Scheme'

July 30, 2013

Mat Zo is a lucky man. The British producer (who now lives in Los Angeles) had been working on "Pyramid Scheme" for almost two years, switching up the hard-hitting electro track in big ways and shaping it over multiple stages – including sampling...


15 Rock & Roll Rebels

June 3, 2013

Deep down, the bad boys are quite often the sensitive ones – the ones who feel the world's pain. They don't "do what everybody else does" because they don't understand why things have to be that way. And they often welcome the ostracism they get...