In the Name of Hip-Hop: Celebrating 25 Years of Public Enemy

Twenty-five years after their debut album dropped, the hip-hop collective is back with two new albums, a chart-topping single, and an impending induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. To mark the occasion, TIME takes a look back at the legacy of one of hip-hop’s greatest acts

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canadagoose

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PaulMilam
PaulMilam

IT"S BEEN 30 YEARS!!! Do the math....2012 minus 1982 = the reason Time is no longer relevant.....

rsashep
rsashep

Meh, I never understood rap, even supposed "classics" like Tupac and Public Enemy. It's literally talking over a synthesized beat. That's it. I know I'm going to get a ton of comments criticizing this, but I really don't think you have a leg to stand on. Playing an instrument and singing with a vocal range takes far more talent. Period.

johnlawrence23
johnlawrence23

@rsashep it's mainly about the lyrics. I've heard Nas and Wu-Tang Clan lyrics that sounded like classic poetic gems or Langston Hughes poems ("I bomb atomically/Socrates' philosophies and hypotheses"). my college professor even made us listen to hip-hop records for literary inspiration, like Big Pun and Tupac. as for the beats, it's very unique and difficult to flip a sample and turn it into a coherent melody. I've discovered so many great records through sampled rap songs that I would've otherwise not have discovered had they not been sampled. simply put, rap producers are the best crate diggers. they discvered records that people have totally forgotten about.  just go to WhoSampled.com and you'll see how impressive it is 

gmc
gmc

"Nuff Respect to P.E.Do you know what time it is?We comin' We comin' We comin'...You got soulLove Party 2016 Brand New ConceptionChuck D. and Joe Strummer on our stamps.(And Flav with a clock)Obomney we don't give a damny either way its a damned sin.Can't trust it.As Bill Hicks said, "Whoever you vote for the Gov't always gets in."New NewP.E. 25 to Life!