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New Public Enemy: State Of The Union (STFU)

Video: Public Enemy – “State Of The Union (STFU)”

Directed by David C. Snyder. From the forthcoming Nothing Is Quick in the Desert. Single out now.

Happy Juneteenth. And what better way to celebrate than a new Public Enemy song? Chuck and Flav, back together again, express their dissatisfaction with our orange fuhrer.

Vote this joke out or die tryin’
Unprecedented demented
Many presidented, Nazi gestapo
Dictator defended
It’s not what you think it’s what you follow
Run for them jewels, drink from that bottle
Another four years gonna gut y’all hollow

Yeah, tell it like it is!

And you can get a free download from PE’s website in exchange for your email address.

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Free Download: New Public Enemy album

It’s always comforting to hear Chuck D’s voice. He reminds us that there are still righteous people out there speaking truth.

On PE’s bandcamp page, Chuck writes, “After 30 years, 106 tours across 105 countries and countless records, THANK YOU! This one is on Public Enemy. Get it while itโ€™s free.”

I’ve only listened once so far but I wanted to get this up while it’s hot. All I’ll say for now is it’s definitely worth checking out. Dig it.

Download: Public Enemy – Nothing Is Quick In The Desert

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Chuck D and Mavis Staples bring the pride in new video

Video: Chuck D – “Give We The Pride” ft. Mavis Staples

Chuck D continues to rule. The Public Enemy leader comes to Chicago to hang out with Mavis Staples and to showcase 2120 South Michigan Avenue, the former home of Chess Records. Also featured prominently in the video is Tribune/Sound Opinions critic Greg Kot’s Mavis biography, I’ll Take You There. Chuck’s new album, The Black In Man, is available now via Rap Central Station.

Public Enemy Live at Pitchfork

Preach to teach to all...Public Enemy at Pitchfork Music Festival

Chicago, July 18, 2008

It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back is not my absolute favorite Public Enemy album. That honor goes to Fear of a Black Planet. But as a music fan, I fully understand the importance and awesomeness of Nation of Millions. It’s an amazing album, and everything Public Enemy has done since then will be judged in reference to it.

So I was excited when I heard that PE would be performing the album in its entirety as part of Pitchfork‘s “Don’t Look Back” night that celebrates classic albums.

Then again, Public Enemy is not the same group it was the last time I saw them in concert: at some weird parking structure venue in Pontiac, Michigan, in support of Apocalypse 91: The Enemy Strikes Black. Chuck D is as righteous as ever, but Flavor Flav has undergone a very public fall from grace with the drug busts in the 90s and the reality television over the past several years. Additionally, Terminator X has retired and the Bomb Squad does not perform live with the group.

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2008: Photos

MuddyThe Pitchfork Music Fest was doused in rain this year. But that didn’t keep GLONO photographer Alan M. Paterson from getting his feet muddy in order to get some good shots.

We’ll feature more coverage of the bands over the next few days, but for now you can feel like you were there by looking at the following photos…

Update: Day One; Days 2-3.


See the photos after the jump…

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Public Enemy's Hank Shocklee Talks

Bring the NoiseTime Out Chicago talks to Public Enemy founder/producer Hank Shocklee about the formation of the group: Shock on the system.

Our library was ridiculous. We would pull out breaks from the Turtles, Alabama and Level 42. We were just looking for anything that had that kind of hip-hop kind of vibration. Hip-hop was not a particular style of music, but a vibration. One thing that’s happened today, people look at hip-hop as a style of music. Anything that gave you that hip-hop feel was game–classical, jazz, country, folk. People don’t even know, Sesame Street had the biggest hip-hop record before hip-hop. “C is for Cookie” had a break in the middle of it. We would get two copies and rock that like crazy.

Public Enemy is performing their seminal masterpiece, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, live at the Pitchfork Music Festival on July 18 in Chicago. Unfortunately, Hank Shocklee won’t be there. Believe the hype—it’s a great album.

Time Out also talked with Chuck D: Relive the hype.

New Public Enemy video – Harder Than You Think

YouTube: Public Enemy – “Harder Than You Think” from How You Sell Soul To A Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul?

Am I just being nostalgic or does this song kick ass? The horns, especially, sound great. And something about Chuck’s voice immediately makes me hopeful and sad and excited and angry for the current state of hip-hop, music, and the world in general. Chuck D for President!