Public Enemy
Public Enemy

Also known as



Long Island, New York, U.S.


Hip hop, political hip hop, hardcore hip hop

Years active



Def Jam Recordings (1986-1998)
Columbia Records (1987-1991)
CBS Records (1987-1991)
Enemy (2012-present)

Associated acts

The Bomb Squad, Paris


Past members

Public Enemy is an American hip hop group from Long Island, New York. It consists of Chuck D, Flavor Flav, DJ Lord (who replaced Terminator X in 1998), and Professor Griff (who was dismissed from the group for anti-Semitic remarks in 1990 but rejoined in 1999). Formed in 1986, Public Enemy 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."


Studio albumsEdit

Collaborative albumsEdit

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