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Public Enemy is an American hip hop group consisting of members Chuck D, Flavor Flav and DJ Lord. Formed by Chuck D and Flavor Flav in Long Island, New York in 1982, they are known for their politically charged lyrics and criticism of the American media, with an active interest in the frustrations and concerns of the African American community.


One of the most influential Hip-Hop acts, particularly in the realm of Political Rap, Public Enemy has had their share of controversy over their lyrics, which can be inflammatory due to their political nature, or at some percieved (and sometimes concrete) racism and anti-semitism, particularly in the case of Professor Griff. The members of Public Enemy have also done much outside of the group; Chuck D is an occasional actor as well as a lecturer and author, and Flavor Flav has done some work in radio and on the television series The Surreal Life. They're still going, though their albums have become less frequent.

Group members[]

Current members[]

Name Occupation(s)
Chuck D MC
Flavor Flav Hype man, multi-instrumentalist, piano, keyboards, drums, percussion, bass, guitars
Khari Wynn lead guitars, music director, MD, AMD
DJ Lord DJ
Davy DMX bass
T-Bone Motta drums, percussion
  • Brother James
  • Brother Roger
  • Brother Mike
  • James Bomb
  • The Interrogator
  • Big Casper
  • Pop Diesel

Past members[]

Name Occupation(s)
Terminator X DJ, Producer
Professor Griff Minister of Information
DJ Johnny "Juice" Rosado DJ, Scratching, Turntablist, Producer
Sister Souljah Minister of Information [1]
Brian Hardgroove bass, guitars
Michael Faulkner drums, precussion
  • Jacob "Big Jake" Shankle
The Bomb Squad
  • Hank Shocklee
  • Keith Shocklee
  • Eric "Vietnam" Sadler
  • Gary G-Wiz[2]
  1. took over Professor Griff's place when he left the group
  2. took Eric Sadler's place when Sadler left the group



  • Yo! Bum Rush the Show (1987)
  • It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
  • Fear of a Black Planet (1990)
  • Apocalypse 91... The Enemy Strikes Black (1991)
  • Muse Sick-n-Hour Mess Age (1994)
  • There's a Poison Goin' On (1999)
  • Revolverlution (2002)
  • New Whirl Odor (2005)
  • Rebirth of a Nation (2006) (featuring Paris)
  • How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul? (2007)
  • Most of My Heroes Still Don't Appear on No Stamp (2012)
  • The Evil Empire of Everything (2012)
  • Man Plans God Laughs (2015)
  • Nothing Is Quick in the Desert (2017)
  • What You Gonna Do When the Grid Goes Down? (2020)

Live albums[]

  • It Takes a Nation: The First London Invasion Tour 1987 (2005)
  • MKL VF KWR - Revolverlution Tour Manchester UK 2003 (2006)
  • Fight the Power: Greatest Hits Live! (2007)

Compilation albums[]

  • Greatest Misses (1992)
  • 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Public Enemy (2001)
  • Power to the People and the Beats: Public Enemy's Greatest Hits (2005)
  • Beats and Places (2006)
  • Planet Earth: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Greatest Rap Hits (2013)

Remix albums[]

  • Bring That Beat Back (2006)
  • Remix of a Nation (2007) (featuring Paris)

Soundtrack albums[]

  • He Got Game (1998)

Video albums[]

  • Fight the Power... Live! (1989)
  • Tour of a Black Planet (1991)
  • The Enemy Strikes Live (1992)
  • It Takes a Nation: The First London Invasion Tour 1987 (2005)

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