My Long Island Jewish parents were thrilled when I turned 13, discovered Public Enemy’s Fear of a Black Planet and sat on their front lawn with my friends bumping it from a boombox 24/7. Too bad.
Well, once again back it’s the incredible – PE is back this year with not one but two new albums coming out – the first tomorrow! Here’s Billboard:
Public Enemy plans to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its recording career not only by dipping deeply into its past — 1987’s “Yo! Bum Rush the Show” — during its concerts but also by unleashing a wealth of new music.
Frontman Chuck D tells Billboard.com that the iconic rap group is in the process of finishing up a pair of albums planned for this year — “Most of My Heroes Still Don’t Appear on No Stamp” during the summer and “The Evil Empire of Everything” in the fall. “They’re twins, fraternal twins — not identical, but they will talk to each other,” D says. “The statement with these albums isn’t so much just within the content but in the audacity of the release, just like, ‘What the hell? Two albums that bookend the summer? What the hell?!’ But we know we’ve got a fan base that’s kind of acclimated and used to albums because we were the first to come along and kind of bring a concept album to the hip-hop marketplace. So we oblige this year by doing not one, but two.”
And the new video for the single I Shall Not Be Moved is below. Watch Chuck D rip this up: