Bass, how low can you go?
25 years in the game, and that is just since their first album Yo! Bum Rush the Show was released!
And they are still bringing it! Their new album, Most of My Heroes Still Don’t Appear on No Stamp was just released July 13 to follow-up the great How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul?. And The Evil Empire of Everything, another new LP, sees release later this month last I heard!
Their live show still has it too (although to have seen them in their heyday would have been something!). DJ Lord on the turntables, music director Khari Wynn on guitar, and a bassist Brian Hardgroove (not to forget the ‘dancers’).
Their mix was old and new (from “Public Enemy No. 1” and “Bring The Noise” to their brand new single “I Shall Not Be Moved”), and plenty of awesome interludes, and switching up the show that would have to be seen to understood!
Along with talking about Montreal topics (like the Montreal Expos – the show was just outside where they used to play, and Montreal’s influence in the black community over the years), there was a brief bass solo, DJ Lord had a turntablism solo (playing around with “Seven Nation Army” and “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, the latter had some killer moments, like major crossfader action of Kurt Cobain! See below for a video). Also, local Montreal MC D-Shade, formerly of Shades of Culture (awesome hip hop from late 90s/early 2000s) got to freestyle with Flavor Flav on drums! Chuck D then freestyled for a moment too!
Along with promoting no violence, and one love, Chuck stressed how we need more hip hop groups out there (as in making real music, not just rapping over some pre-made beats).
My only thing negative was I would have liked to have heard “Terminator X to the Edge of Panic” (edit: read comments!) and “Bring That Beat Back.”
Great to see them still at it!
They play Toronto today, September 2! Check out the newly designed publicenemy.com for all the latest news and more!
From a show a few days before Montreal:
Be sure to watch YouTube for recent concert clips to see how good they still are!