The only artists of the "hip-hop generation" who actually took the time to write something social. The thinking man's rap. Controversial rappers who on their worst day is 5000 times better than anyone else that every tried to rhyme a couple of lines.
Public Enemy was the sign that hip-hop had exploded like a grenade. A rap group as abrasive, hardcore, and eloquent as a JFK speech, their music was one classic track after another: tense, multilayered, harmonically wild music. Chuck D declaims like a master preacher with foil Flavor Flav's voice darting around his. They've got the desperate energy of people fighting for their lives, and everything from their pumped-up rhetoric to the group's quasi-paramilitary organization to the sirens and sax squeals in nearly every track declares how urgent their mission is.
GL 5000: "Yo, put in some old school."
KY: "How bout some PE?"
GL 5000: "Now you're talkin..."
Best film of 2009 so far. It's about the life of John Dillinger, who was a notorious gangster in the late 1920s to the 1930s. The film features the extremely talented Johnny Depp, severely under-appreciated Christian Bale, and the talented and sexy Marion Cotillard.
Public Enemies is the greatest film of 2009 (so far).