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Published on Sep 2, 2009
To say that hip-hop legends Public Enemy were game changers is underselling one of the genres most important and defining acts. That's because the Long Island-based act wasn't merely changing the rules of hip-hop, they were writing the rules. Whether it was establishing a political and social consciousness as a common thread throughout their tracks, merging traditional rap styles with hard rock bands—and in turn offering rap-metal to the masses—or infusing musical details from sources that were otherwise untapped, Public Enemy, fronted by the highly visible Chuck D and Flavor Flav, has consistently forged new avenues in otherwise untapped territory.