They formed in Long Island, New York in 1982. They were signed on to the still developing Def Jam label after Rick Rubin heard Chuck D freestyling on a demo. It took the group roughly five years, before their debut, Yo! Bum Rush The Show in 1987 to critical acclaim. They went to release the revolutionary It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back in 1988, which performed better in the charts than their previous release. They also went on to release Fear of a Black Planet which was slightly less militant than their first two releases.
It can be said that Public Enemy were controversial yet pioneers in many ways. For instance, Terminator X made DJing into a fine art, some of his most innovative tricks utilised can be heard on the song "Rebel Without A Pause". They revolutionized the rap world with their political, social and cultural consciousness, which infused itself into skilled and poetic rhymes with jazzy backbeats. They also changed the Internet's music distribution ... Read full biography