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#2852580 - 04/29/17 08:34 AM Public Enemy fans ?
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Recently I've been reintroduced to the recordings of PE & have been surprised by the variety of their work, which goes far beyond the Bomb Squad hyper-sampling of their early efforts.

Any fans here ?

Disregarding political aspects, here're a couple examples of what I find interesting.
The first features the notorious Flavor Flav, not only performing multiple roles in the vid but playing all the musical tracks.
High-larious !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufPfXsw2K1I


This next features a live, not sampled, gtr track from Steve Stills

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FmPskTljo0

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#2852693 - 04/30/17 04:24 AM Re: Public Enemy fans ? [Re: d]
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I like PE but I haven't listened to much of their stuff.

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#2852768 - 04/30/17 11:54 AM Re: Public Enemy fans ? [Re: Joe BrokeIt]
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What did you think of the 2 tracks above ?

I knew them as a fan from early tracks up through abt Black Planet alb then kinda lost track til I recently read Public Enemy / Inside the Terrordome by Tim Grierson, which does a good job of detailing their history w/ special emphasis on production methods.

Catching up on that I started dialing in more recent tracks & was pleasantly surprised that as they'd shifted outta the sample-dense BombSquad techniques (mostly b/c of the expense of licwensing), they'd adopted a more open sound.

Recent listening has also emphasized the musicality of Chuck D's delivery; he's extremely varied in his rhythms, for example.
Also it's redeemed the sometimes erratic Flav, who I never knew actually plays a multitude of instruments.

I've also seen that, while their social critique remains stern & real, their sense of humor is often missed by many.

The above Flav track [What Kinda Power We Got] epitomizes that but this one does, too, as well as addressing some who don't really know the band's work.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vQaVIoEjOM


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