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Public Enemy is an American hip hop group consisting of Chuck D, Flavor Flav, DJ Lord, The S1W group, Khari Wynn and Professor Griff. Formed 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. Their first four albums during the late 1980s and early 1990s were all certified either gold or platinum and were, according to music critic Robert Hilburn, "the most acclaimed body of work ever by a rap act."[1] In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Public Enemy[2] number 44 on its list of the Immortals: 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.[3] The group was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2007.[4] The band were announced as inductees for the 2013 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on December 11, 2012, making them the fourth hip-hop act to be inducted after Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run–D.M.C. and The Beastie Boys.[5]




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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.





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