Music Monday - Public Enemy in Glasgow!

Music Monday this week celebrates the rebellious hip hop pioneers Public Enemy, without a doubt one of the most influential and important musical acts of all time.

This year sees the 25th anniversary of the group originally consisting of MC's Chuck D, Flavor Flav and Professor Griff alongside legendary DJ Terminator X. This year also see's the group inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside contemporaries such as Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, The Beastie Boys and Run DMC.

Known for their politically charged lyrics and ferocious activism through their music, Public Enemy released their first album 'Yo! Bumrush the Show' to much critical acclaim, but it wasn't until 1988 and the release of 'It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back' that mainstream success beckoned.

With the release of 'It Takes a Nation...' and the hit singles 'Don't Believe The Hype' and 'Bring The Noise', the group had sealed major chart success and had broken the reserve of even the most stubborn popular music fans and critics alike.

Lauded as being the voice of a disenfranchised community, the politically charged message and image of Public Enemy garnered mixed reactions in the media and with the public. Despite this polarisation of opinion, the group were undoubtedly one of the most popular and critically acclaimed hip hop acts of the 80's and 90's.

Now, 25 years and 12 albums later, the original line-up, with the exception of Terminator X who was replaced by DJ Lord after his untimely death in 1994, are still going strong and touring the world with their unique brand of hip hop. Thankfully for us, the touring makes a stop at the ABC in Glasgow tonight, so get yourselves along to see some true legends in action!


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