Saturday 27 October 2007
It makes me feel my age to see Public Enemy celebrating their 20 years in the biz with a new album. Right from the start Public Enemy were musical pioneers. Their second album 'It takes a nation of millions to hold us back' was truly ground-breaking for hip hop and music in general. The path they took on their next few albums could make for pretty hard listening at times, but they usually managed to sweeten the pot with a couple of more accessible numbers. Many would reject their political message, but at least they always had something to say worth hearing, which stood in contrast to much of the genre that chose to wallow in (often faux-) ghetto degradation.
Keep it up, chaps!