Ice-T, Public Enemy, Naughty By Nature Lead Art of Rap Fest

May 9, 2016

Ice-T, Public Enemy, Naughty By Nature, Mobb Deep, EPMD, the Sugarhill Gang and Kurtis Blow will join forces for SiriusXM Backspin's the Art of Rap Festival Tour, which kicks off July 16th in Dallas, Texas and concludes August 6th. The all-star, eight-date...



Watch Jimmy Kimmel's Brooklyn Send-Up 'Do the White Thing'

October 24, 2015

Jimmy Kimmel Live! wrapped up a week of Brooklyn-filmed episodes by reflecting one last time on how much the borough has changed since Jimmy Kimmel's childhood here decades ago. To illustrate how different Brooklyn is now, Kimmel reimagined one of...

Album Review

Man Plans God Laughs

August 12, 2015

"Here we come from another time," Chuck D raps on Public Enemy's 13th studio album. In fact, PE's iconic rap radicalism is as timely as ever in the era of Black Lives Matter, and a couple of tracks here push an argument for their relevance by echoing...


Public Enemy Show Violence, Salvation in New Video

July 16, 2015

Public Enemy have released a harrowing, inspiring new video for "Man Plans, God Laughs," the punishing title cut off the seminal hip-hop outfit's recently released 13th LP. The clip follows a young boy navigating and trying to understand his place...


Flavor Flav Arrested for DUI, Speeding in Las Vegas

May 22, 2015

Flavor Flav was arrested and charged with speeding and driving under the influence after being pulled over on a Las Vegas freeway early Thursday morning. The Public Enemy hypeman was also charged with marijuana possession of less than an ounce,...


Chuck D's Expert Opinion

September 18, 2015

With a new Public Enemy album, Man Plans God Laughs, out now, we asked Chuck D to tell us what he thought of eight songs — including old favorites sampled on the group's records, classic influences, new jams and more. Read on to see what...


Public Enemy Offer 'No Sympathy' in Chaotic New Video

August 4, 2015

Chuck D walks through the halls of hell amidst a barrage of chaotic images in the entrancing, harrowing new video for Public Enemy's "No Sympathy From the Devil." The latest clip off the seminal hip-hop outfit's 13th LP, Man Plans, God Laughs,...


Inside the 'Most Intense Public Enemy Record of the Century'

July 13, 2015

"We want to create a new standard for the over-50 rap acts," says Public Enemy mouthpiece Chuck D on their forthcoming Man Plans, God Laughs, the group's 13th album and first in three years. Set for release on Wednesday, the album finds the Rock...



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...


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...