Saturday, May 18, 2024

Public Enemy Returns to DefJam for First Time in 25 Years with New Record Right in Time for the Election


Public Enemy is ready to fight the power once again, just in time for the presidential election..

They’re returning to DefJam Records after 25 years with a new album called “What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down.” Release day is September 25th.

The group recorded five albums for DefJam between 1987 and 1994, then went off to work for a bunch of different labels. But DefJam is where they made their name as one of the pioneering hip hop and rap groups. “Fight the Power” was their theme song. Influenced by the Isley Brothers’ song of the same name, “Fight the Power” was the main track in Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing.” It’s a hip hop anthem.

Chuck D, DJ Lord, and Khari Wynn are the current members of the group. Terminator X, Professor Griff, and Flavor Flav are well known past members.

How much the new album will influence voters in the election remains to be seen. But with every tragedy this year among black men being killed by the police, this seems like the right time for this album. Let’s brace ourselves for something with a little bite.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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