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Hank Shocklee, of Public Enemy's production team The Bomb Squad, in Austin, Texas for an interview with Microphone Check.
April 16, 2015 Public Enemy producer Hank Shocklee talks about hip-hop's often overlooked influence on technology and the current state of the genre with Microphone Check.
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Public Enemy on stage in 1988. The group will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame Thursday.
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April 18, 2013 As the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts a new class, musicians and writers look at how influence — one of the Hall's criteria for induction — plays out in ways obvious (how Beyonce draws on Donna Summer) and not so much (jazz pianist Vijay Iyer explains how Public Enemy shaped his music).
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Tego Calderon, one of Reggaeton's top artists and producers, performs for fans in New York City.
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August 9, 2012 The Puerto Rican rapper stops by to play songs from his new album, spin some records from his eclectic collection and talk about how he went from hating reggaeton to embracing it, and Puerto Rican independence.
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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 Recording in the car on the ride back from All Tomorrow's Parties, Bob Boilen and Lars Gotrich look back at a festival that showcases artists on the fringes sonically and aesthetically.
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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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December 31, 2009 Def Jam's 25th-anniversary box set is a collection of some of the most amazing music released since the dawn of hip-hop. Gorgeous, powerful and surprising, its songs still sound fresh.
Melissa Block circa 1974 at Camp Kokosing
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August 14, 2009 All summer long, NPR's Melissa Block has been asking musicians, listeners and a novelist about their favorite summer songs and what kind of memories they evoke. During those conversations, Block has been flooded with memories of her own. She and Madeleine Brand pick their own summer songs.
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April 3, 2009 Political music is most commonly thought of in terms of lyricism: artists saying something. But some of the most powerful music comes from a sound of political fervor and change that transcends words. Hear five of hip-hop poet Saul Williams' favorite songs — tracks in which the music itself calls for change.
June 5, 2008 Every generation has its own soundtrack. The Silent Generation (people born in the '20s and '30s) had big band and swing. Baby Boomers (born in the '40s and '50s) had rock and soul. Generation X (born in the '60s and '70s) had grunge and hip-hop. On this edition of All Songs Considered, we look back at the defining music of those generations and ask what the soundtrack is for the current generation, Generation Y (or Millennials).
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