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Concerts

Public Enemy performs at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park, N.J., on Sunday night.

October 5, 2011 Public Enemy put on a killer set, centered on songs from its classic album Fear of a Black Planet.

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Discover Songs

Public Enemy in 1987; credit: David Corio/Redferns

December 31, 2009 Def Jam's box set contains some of the most amazing music released since the dawn of hip-hop.

Melissa Block circa 1974 at Camp Kokosing

August 14, 2009 Flooded with memories of their own, Melissa Block and Madeleine Brand pick their summer songs.

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June 5, 2008 Jazz, rock, hip-hop, and grunge have defined past generations. What's the sound of Generation Y?

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May 1, 2008 Geoff Barrow and Adrian Utley from the trip-hop group Portishead spin their favorite music.

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News

Public Enemy on stage in 1988. The group will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame Thursday.

April 18, 2013 As the Rock Hall inducts its newest class, Vijay Iyer explains how Public Enemy shaped his music.

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April 5, 2005 The Library of Congress officially recognizes Nirvana and Public Enemy.

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More Stories

Tego Calderon, one of Reggaeton's top artists and producers, performs for fans in New York City.

August 9, 2012 The rapper stops by to play us some songs from his new album The Original Gallo Del País.

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Cover of Public Enemy's 1988 album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back.

July 13, 2012 A young hip-hop fan finally listens to a classic album that's four years older than he is.

The Horrors (clockwise from left), Public Enemy, and Swans, just a few of the artists featured at this year's All Tomorrow's Parties festival.

October 5, 2011 During the ride home, Bob Boilen and Lars Gotrich recall a festival that looks to the sonic fringes.

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April 3, 2009 Hear five of the hip-hop poet's favorite songs — tracks in which the music itself calls for change.

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