June 13, 1995 |
James Cagney became famous playing tough guys, then later graduated into a song-and-dance star. Tommy Black idolizes Cagney, but he moves his own career in the opposite direction--from hoofer to thug. Tommy, who lives in perilous Belfast in the mid-'80s, actually has no job, let alone a career.
August 24, 1990 |
Wednesday was another summer night at the Greek Theatre. Balmy breezes, thrumming crickets . . . and rap superstars Public Enemy, pounding their blend of funk and politics into the swaying, party-hearty crowd. The group played some big Palace dates a few months ago, but this was really its first L.A. show centered on the songs from its latest album, "Fear of a Black Planet."
October 10, 1990 |
Public Enemy, the rap group whose non-appearance at the Pacific Amphitheatre Sunday brought charges of political interference from other acts on the bill, was never scheduled to play the show in the first place, a group spokeswoman said Tuesday. The spokeswoman for New York-based Rush Productions Inc.
October 9, 2002 |
Chuck D looked like a man ready to box. The rapper stood at the center microphone at the House of Blues on Monday, hidden beneath the hood of his yellow jacket as the rest of Public Enemy erupted into the fist-pumping "Put It Up." The night was just beginning, and already Chuck D was setting a new agenda, challenging all the "patriotic MCs on bent knees." That's the kind of message one expects from Public Enemy, still fiery and fearless nearly two decades on. Soon a man in a George W.
December 29, 1994 |
Public Enemy titled its latest album "Muse Sick N Hour Mess Age," and the New York rap group's two-hour performance before an adoring audience at the House of Blues on Tuesday revealed the muse is indeed sick, the message a mess. Rappers Chuck D. and Flavor Flav and deejay Terminator X still had the energy that once made them the most compelling force in hard-core rap, but the thrill of their music is gone.
July 16, 1989 |
One of the most highly-charged elements of "Do the Right Thing," Spike Lee's controversial film about race relations in America, is the song that is heard repeatedly in the movie: Public Enemy's "Fight the Power."
October 21, 1991 |
A cynic might say that new-metal heroes Anthrax included rappers Public Enemy on the bill at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre on Saturday for the same reason the L.A. Philharmonic sticks an Elliott Carter piece on a program otherwise devoted to Brahms: because it's something their audience should hear, and it's good for them. On paper, of course, the synergy between the hardest, most uncompromising forms of rap and metal makes a lot of sense.
March 26, 2007 |
Rock the Bells, the hip-hop festival scheduled for Aug. 11 in San Bernardino, already had a head for history with Rage Against the Machine and Wu Tang Clan leading the bill, and now organizers say that the rap pioneers of Public Enemy will also be on stage, celebrating their 20th anniversary of recording their rhymes with a reason.