Thursday, February 12, 2015

Heavenly Body of the Week: (Fear of) A Black Planet



"Gotta give us what we want / Gotta give us what we need / Our freedom of speech is freedom or death / We gotta fight the powers that be / Lemme hear you say / Fight the power" - Public Enemy

In honour of Black History Month, I give you not so much an actual planet (heavenly body) as a state of mind that has always (and will always) scare the white man. Yeah, from Chuck D. to Ice Cube to Flavor Flav to Big Daddy Kane to the muthahfuckin' Bomb Squad, Public Enemy's seminal hip-hop album was not only a masterpiece of the genre, but an anthem against racism. Yeah, and it scared all the white people too! Silly, scared white people.

That's it gang. See ya 'round the web.

4 comments:

  1. Hip hop can hippity hop off the planet. Just not a fan of this music or rap crap. Kudos for talking about racial issues though

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    1. I was never that big a fan of the hip hop scene (though always liking the old school guys like these guys and NWA and Run DMC), but recently I decided to open my mind to other thangs, and got more on board with more modern artists like Kanye and the like. Now I am no longer fearful.

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  2. I'm definitely more of a rock guy, but I did go through a rap phase in my tween years. Ice Cube was in PE? Or did he just collaborate with them? I liked the song they did with Anthrax, "Bring The Noise" (Tha?) That was badass. And Flavor Flav is such a character. YEEEAAAHHHH BBOOOOYYYYEEEE! lol

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    1. Yeah, both Cube and Big Daddy Kane were with other crews, but played on this album, which at the time was a huge step in the hip hop world.

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