Public Enemy

Public Enemy

“Brace yourself, London,” announces DJ Lord, “for Public Enemy.” Sound advice, as it goes. Because Chuck D and the gang, who 26 years ago set out to become, in their words, “The Clash of hip-hop”, have lost none of their power to...

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Public Enemy

Public Enemy

If hip-hop is supposed to have come a long way since the scratch-heavy hustle of ’80s rap, no-one told Public Enemy. The Long Islanders have, across their 25-year career, stayed defiantly true to the big-beat sound and political fury that made...

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Public Enemy

Public Enemy

Those of us who are paid by the word can only thank Chuck D and co for the unwieldy title of the latest PE effort, which, though displaying no evidence that the’ve listened to any hip-hop in the last 10 years, has a certain loud and unreasonable...

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Essential Weekender : London Hackney Marshes

Essential Weekender : London Hackney Marshes

The relocation of 2001's Essential Festival from Brighton to a remote corner of London allows for a breathtaking sense of scale. Never mind that it seems decadent to revel in the midst of so much deprivation and hopelessness, check it out. Two...

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