Throwback: Black History Month: Public Enemy

Today is the eleventh day of Black History Month. Over the course of the month, I’ll spend some time paying tribute to Black artists across a wide and diverse array of genres and styles. My hope is that these posts should serve as an important reminder that the Black experience is the American experience, that Black culture is American culture — and importantly, Black lives and Black art matter. You can’t love Black art and Black artists without giving a shit about Black people. 

This month won’t be a comprehensive study of Black music. It’ll be more idiosyncratic because — well, JOVM after all. Now, if you’ve been following this site, you may recall that so far I’ve paid tribute to:

I have to pay tribute to Public Enemy. They’re among the most influential and important acts of hip-hop. Their first four albums released during the late 80s and early 90s were all certified gold or platinum — and were released to overwhelming critical applause.

And holy shit, Chuck D delivering pro-Black screeds with righteous fury! Hell yes to that forever and ever.