Public Enemy was a new kind of rap crew for the late Eighties, with a sound defined by Chuck D's provocative social commentary, Flavor Flav's anarchic humor and the Bomb Squad's dense, heavy beats. The late Beastie Boy Adam Yauch once told Rolling Stone that he saw PE as "the rare artist who can make great music and also deliver a political and social message."
Previous nominations: 0 (first year eligible)
Signature songs: "Fight the Power," "Don't Believe the Hype," "911 Is a Joke," "Welcome to the Terrordome"
From the RS Archives: Public Enemy: Rockin' the Joint (1988)