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10 Facts About Public Enemy

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Long Island Music Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Public Enemy, are known around the world for their politically charged lyrics and their criticism of the American media.  But with all their activism and time spent in the public eye, how much do you really know about Public Enemy?

1. They formed at Adelphi University in Long Island

The four artists collaborated together on a college radio program before they were recognized.

2.  They were only the fourth hip-hop act to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

They were inducted on December 11, 2012.  Other inductees are Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run-DMC, and the Beastie Boys.

3. Terminator X left the group after a motorcycle accident.

The accident shattered his leg and left him hospitalized for a month.  After his exit, he was replaced by DJ Lord.

4. They helped to create “rap metal”.

They partnered with thrash metal group Anthrax to create and define this new cross-genre style of music.

5. Chuck D released the track “Check Out the Radio” while he was still delivering furniture for his father’s business.

6. “Bring the Noise” was the fastest rap song of its era.

The song comes in at 109 beats per minute.

7. Publicenemy.com was one of the first websites created for a rap or hip-hop group. 

8. Their work on Spike Lees’ He Got Game was the first time a rap group solely headed a motion picture soundtrack.

9. After his retirement from the group, Terminator X began to raise African black ostriches on a 15-acre farm. 

10. Only two songs ever made it to the Top 40 Billboard chart

Those songs are “911 is a Joke” and “Give it Up”.