Public Enemy Lyrics

Public Enemy rewrote the rules of hip-hop, becoming the
most influential and controversial rap group of the late
'80s and, for many, the definitive rap group of all time.
Building from Run-D.M.C.'s street-oriented beats and Boogie
Down Productions' proto-gangsta rhyming, Public Enemy
pioneered a variation of hardcore rap that was musically
and politically revolutionary. With his powerful,
authoritative baritone, lead rapper Chuck D rhymed about
all kinds of social problems, particularly those plaguing
the black community, often More...

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Re: Where is the intro? | Reviewer: Mike
    ------ About the song Lost At Birth performed by Public Enemy

First, Public Enemy is made up of:

1. The S1W grup ("Security of the First World," sort of an Afro-Military Dance Squad, one member is referred to as an "S1W," collectively they are the "S1Ws.") (Professor Griff is their leader, though he's not mentioned in the song)

2. The DJ, "Terminator X"

3. The MC, Chuck D -aka "The Hard Rhymer"

and, last but not least,

4. The Hype Man, Flavor Flav. (In Rap, The "Hype Man" does those side-rap "Break it down" and "Yeah Boi" calls alongside the MC, Hyping Up the Crowd, so to speak.)

Now that you Know, here are the Lyrics:

Chuck D: "Clear the way for the S, the S1W's!"

Chuck D: "Get Back cuz he Whacks the Tracks, the Terminator!"

Flavor Flav does himself: "It's the Flava! It's the Flava! Life Sava! It's the Flava!"

Then Chuck D does HIMself: "Hard Times get me down, I Pump The Hard Rhymer!"

rinse and repeat as required.


Need Lyrics for the Intro. | Reviewer: Brad
    ------ About the song Lost At Birth performed by Public Enemy

Hello, I am trying to find the introduction lyrics to LOST AT BIRTH. I cannot find what the lyrics are to open the song. The regular lyrics are posted everywhere, but not the intro. It sounds something like "For the way, for the ask, to ask what of you". "Get back because you wax the tracks Terminator". Please help. Thank you.

Where is the intro? | Reviewer: Atrane
    ------ About the song Lost At Birth performed by Public Enemy

There is a standard intro that precedes the first line. It goes something like "clear the way for the s to s1w" and then more after that. Why is that never applied to the lyrics of the song?

Not such a good song | Reviewer: Anonymous
    ------ About the song Fight The Power performed by Public Enemy

I remember this song and thought it was pretty good and contained deep thought. Well, that is until I actually read it. He has about 3 great lines in the whole song. I didn't realize that this song is so basic. It probably took 20 minutes to write.

timeless message about the hype | Reviewer: Alfee E.
    ------ About the song Don't Believe The Hype performed by Public Enemy

Sometimes you just have to get away from something to truly appreciate it. Haven't heard this song in years but it still resonates today probably more than ever. The messages and commentary in this song hit on weak rappers (I don't rhyme for the sake of riddlin), a racist media (They claim that I'm a criminal...) and the legacy of slavery in this country(Attack the black cause they know they lack)while keeping an upbeat message to young men of color everywhere.

The brilliance of their allusion (No you can't have it back silly rabbit...),hyperbole (Some perpetrate, they drink Clorox)and smooth transitions mixed with catchy assonance make this song a candidate for a class dissection in a high school poetry class (Yes, I've done as a high school English teacher.)

Don't Believe the hype is old school rap at it's finest, lines with a purpose. Download the tune and print out the words of Flava Flav and Terminator X's baritone voice booming through your ipod. It will bring you back to militant times and boom box voices in the black community, something sorely missed and needed in these lean times both fiscally and culturally.

the ideal rap act | Reviewer: ben starr
    ------ About the song Fight The Power performed by Public Enemy

People can hate PE all they want cuz those who hate don't really get what they are saying. Maybe it's a white thing, but I'm white and I totally get what Chuck and Flav are saying. What it really is is that white America needs to check it's attitude when it comes to race. I understand that African Americans as a group have been and still are at a disadvantage. Hip-hop is an art form created by blacks, and the greatest thing you can do with that art form is address issues of the black community. For this reason, Public Enemy is the ideal rap act in my mind, and they have never layed out their ideals better than on "Fight The Power".

The Symbolism for this Antherm of the Impoverished | Reviewer: Anonymous
    ------ About the song Fight The Power performed by Public Enemy

This song served as a great instigator of revolution, or in the very least, change in the thought of African Americans. African Americans, and most minorities, continue to be repressed in what we believe to be this great and equal society in America. People needed a battle cry for their cause and this was it. And to the mention that Martin Luther King Jr is already placed in many places, it should also be noted that there are many literary, political , and artistic figures that have been completly ignored and disregaraded for the simple fact that they were of color. Notice that most "American Heroes" are white males...there is a corollation between racial sentiments and adored American figures. THe numbers for those under the poverty lines are also higher amongs minorities than any other race. I want everyone to realize that equality has not yet reached America.

Fight the power | Reviewer: The voice of reason
    ------ About the song Fight The Power performed by Public Enemy

You know I always did liked the anti-establishment theme of this song, but I grew up. What for one is Chuck D's proof of Elvis bein a racist, besides taking rock n roll and bringing it in to mainstream white society? On that note whats Falvor Flav's beef with John Wayne? Did he just wnt to shit on an icon of conservitive American value ? Thats going on the foolish assumption that he can think for himself, I'm sure Chuck D told him what to say. By the way Chuck I'm sure that there were plenty of stamps that had featured Dr. Martin Luther King in 1989. Or did you not consider Dr. King a hero since he championed equality and brotherhood as opposed to reverse racisim and contnued racial tensions like you favored at the time and probably stoll do. Was it not Chuck D and Harry Allen who intruduced the masses to that untalented racist cunt Sister Souljah?

hard rap | Reviewer: Anonymous
    ------ About the song Bring The Noise performed by Public Enemy

Great stuff, so great in fact that one of the hardest speed metal groups of all time wanted to work with them. Look at the lyrics and you get a sense that these people have some brain power working behind the scenes.

edit | Reviewer: Anonymous
    ------ About the song Shut Em Down performed by Public Enemy

"I like Nike but wait a minute...

the neighborhoods are poor so put some money in it"

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