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Public Enemy. A band that changed the world…15+ LPs…almost 30 years making seminal music in hip hop culture.

But which would you pick out as your top three Public Enemy tracks of all time? It’s a tough choice, but we asked over 50 influential players in the industry to give us their favourites. Find out what Afrika Bambaata, DJ Format, Rudimental, DJ Yoda, Greg Wilson and even Louis Theroux (to name a few) told us.

Public Enemy live @ The 02 Academy Leeds, Thursday 31st July. In association with Fresh Jive and Slowdown Sounds.

After the Godfather, they appear in no particular order…

 

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Africa Bambaataa

Afrika Bambaata

Fight the Power

Welcome to the Terrordome

Timebomb

 

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Masta Ace

Masta Ace

Terminator X to Edge of Panic,

Fight The Power

Rebel w/o A Pause

 

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roxanne-shante

Roxanne Shante

Rebel without a Pause

911 is a Joke

Miuzi weighs a Ton

 

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mc lyte

MC Lyte

Shut Em Down

Public Enemy No. 1

Rebel Without a Pause

 

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jonzi

Jonzi D (Breaking Convention)

Rebel Without A Pause

Fight The Power

Welcome To The Terrodome

 

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boogie blind

DJ Boogie Blind (Lord Finesse / Pharoah Monche)

Rebel Without a Pause

Welcome to the Terrordome

Brothers gonna work it out

 

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dj ease

DJ Ease (Nightmares on Wax)

Rebel without a pause

Night of the living base heads

Welcome to the terrordome

 

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Poppin-John

Poppin Jon (World Poppin Champ)

Harder than you think

Miuzi Weights A tonn

Fight The Power

 

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dj formatDJ Format

You’re Gonna Get Yours

“This wasn’t Public Enemy’s first release but I’m pretty sure it was the first song of theirs I heard…and it completely blew me away! It was included on the legendary Def Jam Sampler Vol.1 compilation album that included so many other great songs by great artists, but Public Enemy always stood out from everyone else. I then bought the 12″ and was equally blown away by the ‘Terminator X Getaway Version’, which was later revealed to have had the scratches performed by DJ Johnny Juice, not Terminator X!”

Terminator X To The Edge Of Panic

“This was from the late ’80s, the era of Hip Hop when every good DJ would get a chance to show his skills with a ‘DJ track’ on his group’s album. Terminator X definitely redeemed himself here for the previously mentioned DJ faux pas. This is Public Enemy at their exciting best, in my opinion, with amazing Bomb Squad production, Chuck D sounding powerful as ever, Flavor Flav peppering the song with little one-liners every now & then, and Terminator X cutting some really choice sounds.”

Timebomb

“No gimmicks, not even a chorus…just Chuck D rhyming for the entire duration of the song! A raw loop taken straight from ‘Just Kissed My Baby’ by The Meters and beefed up with some extra kicks & snares was all that was needed. Flavor Flav provides typical back-up vocals to slightly soften the blow but this is surely Chuck D at his unstoppable best.”

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Chad Jackson (World DMC Champion)

Night Of The Living Baseheads

Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos

Rebel Without A Pause

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freedom williams

Freedom Williams

(C&C Music Factory)

Black steel in the hour of chaos

Don’t believe the Hype

She watches channel zero

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cozmo-d

Cozmo D (Newcleus)

Fight The Power

Bring The Noise

911 Is a Joke

 

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oddball

Oddball (Breaking the Illusion / Kaliphz)

Rightstarter (message to the Blackman)

Rebel Without a Pause

Miuzi Weighs a Ton

 

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Greg-Wilson

Greg Wilson

You’re Going To Get Yours

“Most people seem to rate ‘It Takes A Nation Of Millions’ as the definitive PE album, but for me they never topped their debut, ‘Yo! Bum Rush The Show’. Nothing on earth sounded like this album when it came out, you knew this was something totally new and vital from the very first track, ‘You’re Gonna Get Yours’ – it’s just straight in there and straight at you, and that car screech that’s cut in throughout had an other worldly presence when I first heard that – driving right into your brain”

Miuzi Weighs A Ton

“I remember that the Rap Assassins, who I was producing when ‘Yo! Bum’ came in on import, were straight on it, right from the get-go. The Assassins were big into The Beasties Boys, and PE really built on that stripped down sound that worked so well for the Beasties, and Run-DMC before them. Chuck D lords over these tracks – its voice, beats and cuts perfectly in balance, raw to the core yet perfectly produced. Looking at the sleeve we didn’t see a rap crew, or a band, but a gang. This was pre-gangster rap, so the image was all the more provocative – they looked dangerous and their music not only backed this up, but hit it straight out of the stadium.”

‘Public Enemy No.1’

“A relentless beast of a tune. Crew and production team are all playing a blinder, both individually and collectively, everyone bringing jaw

dripping creativity to the table. That J.B’s part from ‘Blow Your Head’ that underpins everything, bloody hell – you know you’re in a different

world as soon as the track starts with that Flav laced madness. And those fuck off cuts – they still shock me now, even though I know they’re coming. As with a number of tracks on the album, this is a masterpiece of economy – nothing superfluous in there. ‘That’s the way the story goes, that’s just the way the story goes’.”

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DJ 279

DJ 279

Don’t believe the hype

Fight the power

Time bomb

 

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DJ-Renegade

DJ Renegade

You’re Gonna Get Yours

Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos

Bring The Noise

 

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louis theroux

Louis Theroux

Fight the Power

Night of the Living Baseheads

Welcome to the Terrordome

 

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sammy bee

DJ Sammy Bee (Jungle Brothers)

Can’t trust it

Rebel without I pause

Shut em down

 

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bboy-10-tonn

Bboy 10 Tonn (Dirty 30s / Speak to the Streets)

Miuzi Weights a Tonn

Welcome to the Terrordome

Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos

 

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leanski-b-boy

Leanski (Floorlords / Flava Squad) – USA

Fight the power

Welcome to the terror dome

Public Enemy # 1

 

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mc chill

M.C. Chill (USA)

Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos

Yo! Bum Rush the Show

Shut Em Down

 

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ollie-teeba

Ollie Teeba (Herbaliser / Soundsci)

Public Enemy No1

Fight the Power

Night Train (Pete Rock Get Up Get Into Remixx)

 

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Bboy Atomic (Croatia / Dirty 30s)

Don’t believe the hype

Bring the noise

Give it up

 

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DJ-Yoda

DJ Yoda

Shut Em Down (Pete Rock rmx)

Rebel Without A Pause

Welcome To The Terrordome

 

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skeg

Skeg (Breaking Bread)

Fight the power

Miuzi weighs a tonn

Shut em down

 

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morgan khan

Morgan Khan (CEO & Founder at Street Sounds) London

Fight the power

Welcome to the terrordome

Bring the noise

 

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Dj-Fingers

DJ Fingers (Sindecut)

Welcome to the Terrordome

Public Enemy No. 1

Rebel Without a Pause

 

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Chris-Read

Chris Read (BBE)

Don’t Believe The Hype

Brother’s Gonna Work It Out

Shut Em Down (Pete Rock Mix)

 

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morgan geist

Morgan Geist (Metro Area / Storm Queen)

Rebel Without A Pause (“first PE joint I got really into”).

Public Enemy #1

Bring the Noise

 

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dmw

DMW (beatbox Leeds)

Rebel without a pause

Fight the power

Night of the living baseheads

 

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daddy speedo

Daddy Speedo (Leeds first hip hop MC)

Timebomb

Fight The Power

Sophisticated Bitch

 

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leaky fresh

Leaky Fresh (Manchester)

Rebel without a Pause

Shut em Down (Pete Rock)

Dont Believe the Hype

 

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djtimber

DJ Timber (Zulu Kings)

Rebel Without a Pause

House Of The Rising Son

Night of the Living Baseheads

 

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jay-roc

Jay-Roc (Switzerland)

Fight the Power

Dont Believe the Hype

Public Enemy Number 1

 

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syntax

Dr Syntax (Mouse Outfit)

Welcome To The Terrordome

Rebel Without A Pause

Fight The Power

 

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luchisz

Bboy/DJ Lu-Chi’sz (EXG/Holland)

Rebel Without A Pause

Fight the power

Welcome To The Terrordome

 

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Dave Beer (Back to Basics)

Worlds longest running house night promoter, originally a roady for Public Enemy in late 80s NYC

Fight the Power

Don’t Believe The Hype

Party for Your Right to Fight

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DynaMax

Dyna Max (Herculoids / Rhyme Syndicate)

Fight the power

Bring the noise

Without a pause

 

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testament

Testament (Homecut)

Fight the power

Black Steel

Don’t Believe the Hype

 

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monk-one

Monk-One (Zulu King)

Fight the Power

Don’t Believe the Hype

Harder than you think

 

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Tim Sheridan

911 Is a Joke

“Basically the one that is all about Flav. It’s quite jump-up with a catchy chorus but like all their stuff… about something very serious. One of the ones I know all the words to.

Night of the Living Baseheads

“At the time, when sampling was still considered radical, we all looked to PE for how to do it. The insistent sax loop from “The Grunt” was a great example of them really laying down a persistent groove that not many could do as well as them.”

By the Time I Get to Arizona

“Great sleazy groove nicked from Mandrill. More downtempo PE.”

 

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hooch

Hooch (Uk Bboy Championships)

Public Enemy #1

Don’t Believe the Hype

Night Of The Living Bassheads

 

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paddy no fakin

No Fakin (Paddy) – Liverpool

Don’t Believe The Hype

“We used to lose our shit to this as kids.”

Louder than a Bomb

“Never really stood out for me when I first checked a nation of millions but one that I really dig now.”

Shut Em Down (Pete Rock Remix)

“Flawless remix PE and PR what more you need.”

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tyrone

Tyrone (The Notorious IBE)

Rebel Without a Pause

Night of the Living Basshead

Fight The Power

 

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GALAXY-HIGH

Galaxy High (Recording artist / Agent)

Rebel Without a Pause

911 is a Joke

Burn Hollywood

 

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mick fresh

Mick Fresh (Hip hop Agent)

Night of the Living Bassheads

Welcome To The Terrordome

Rebel Without A Pause

 

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mc trix

MC Trix (Battle of the Year)

YOU GO OOOOH DE AHHH WHEN I JUMP IN MY CAR . PEOPLE TREAT ME LIKE KARIM ABDUL JABAR!

YES…THE RHYTHM THE REBEL; WITHOUT A PAUSE A LOW IN MY LEVEL.

NOW HERE’S WHAT I WANT Y’ALL TO DO FOR ME: BACK; CAUGHT YOU LOOKING AT THE SAME THING: ITS A NEW THING , CHECK OUT THIS I BRING: UH OHH THE ROLL BELOW THE LEVEL CAUSE I’M LIVING LOW: NEXT TO THE BASS C’MON TURN UP THE RADIO.

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chinny

Chinny (Alfresco Festival) / Cowbell Radio owner)

Night Of The Living Baseheads

“Incredible sample and the video I regard as the greatest hip hop video of all time.”

Rebel without a Pause

“Again the sample, hook and lyrics are raw as fuck, know it word for word.”

Fight The Power

“The opening 3mins of Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing with a then unknown Rosie Perez giving it loads was simply amazing, the soundtrack to a seminal film.”

 

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paten locke

Paten Locke (USA)

Timebomb

Cold Lampin with Flava Flav

Anti Ni**a Machine

 

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DJ Junk (Second to None)

Rebel without a pause

Public Enemy no one

Yo bum rush the show

 

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Shepdog (Nice Up)

Rebel without a pause

Don’t believe the hype

Fight the power

“Nothing deep, rare or obscure – they’re the ones that still slay me to this day!”

 

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doc-dee

Docta Dee (Subsonic 2)

Caught, can we get a witness

Public enemy No.1

“Tried to stay away but that choon got me hooked, low, high, car, walkman it’s all the same to me”

Fight The Power

 

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InchHigh (UZN)

Public enemy number 1

Rebel Without a Pause

Don’t Believe The Hype

 

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utah_saints

Tim Utah (Utah Saints) – recorded with Chuck D

Night of the living baseheads

Welcome to the Terrodome

Fight The Power

 

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rory-hoy

Rory Hoy (Howling Records)

Fight The Power

Bring The Noise

Caught – Can We Get A Witness

 

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gilla

Gilla (First Word)

Don’t Believe The Hype

Give It Up

Black Steel in the hour of Chaos

 

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Cut La Roc (Roc Star)

Rebel Without A Pause,

Public Enemy #1

Burn Hollywood Burn (for their use of the Gordons War ‘Hot Wheels” break)

 

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black-pope

Black Pope (Recording Artist)

Shut em down

Harder than you think

He got game

 

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Papiss Ndir

Papis Ndir (Hip hop Agent)

Shut em down

Get it in

Respect

 

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Digit (More Bounce) – Manchester

Public Enemy No1

Louder Than A Bomb

Welcome To The Terrordome

 

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jojo-mavrakis

Jojo Mavrakis – Manchester Uk

Public Enemy No. 1

Rebel Without A Pause

Can’t Do Nuttin’ For Ya Man

 

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Broken-Glass

Bones (Broken Glass) – Manchester UK

It’s harder than you think

Bring the noise

Don’t believe the hype

 

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Omni

Fight the power

911 is a joke

He Got Game

 

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Andy Robbins (Metropolis Agency)

Shut em down

Public enemy no1

Power to the people

 

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Peter Parker (Fingathing) – Manchester

Black Steel

Miuzi Weighs a Ton

Fight The Power

 

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DJ Woody

DJ Woody (Former Vestax and ITF World Champ)

3. *Your Gonna Get Yours This was my introduction to Public Enemy as a kid, it was on the Def Jam sampler that came out in ’87, a record i used to play on loop even before i got ‘Yo Bum Rush The Show’.

2. *Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos Some of the most potent lyrics ever in hip hop over THE perfect Isaac Hayes loop. Amazing video too.

1. *Fight The Power A proper fist pumper from the height of P.E’s dominance, the video, the message, the title coupled with the inclusion in the cinematic masterpiece ‘Do The Right Thing’. This track demonstrated the power of rap music, a moment in time never to be repeated.

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Roy Davis Jr’s

Fight the Power!

 

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Rudimental

Rudimental

Contract On The World Love Jam
He Got Game
Bring That Beat Back

Compiled by Tony Green (T-breaks ) on behalf of Fresh Jive & Dirty 30s alongside JoJo Mavrakis & Galaxy High who brought in so many huge names from hip hop history between them.

Also thank you to Foz (Slowdown), Digit – More Bounce, Anthony Dobson, Okie Obizie & Monk-One. A huge shout out goes to Marketing Originals for all their continues support and hard work on the our website and putting this page together for us.

And Red, just realised you’re not on the list,  you only told me SOPHISTICATED as your best tune, then we got chatting about other stuff… next time!!!

Thanks to everyone for contributing.

Leeds – Thursday 31st July, O2.

 

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Public Enemy Leeds O2 July 2014

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