Billed as the legendary hip-hop group’s first full-length under the label in over two decades, the album will include the single “Fight the Power (Remix 2020)” which opened the 2020 BET Awards and features verses from Nas, Rapsody, Black Thought, YG, Jahi and Questlove.
“Cultural Institutions are important. Being an integral part of one is an honor bestowed and to uphold,” Chuck D said in a statement. “Public Enemy songs are forever sonic prints in the sands of time. And it’s time – it’s necessary – to bring the noise again from a place called home. Def Jam. Fight The Power 2020.” Flavor Flav added, “Def Jam is like the house we grew up in. It’s cool to be home.”
Public Enemy began its major label career with Def Jam Recordings in 1987, releasing their debut studio album Yo! Bum Rush the Show in 1987 followed by some of their most revered projects such as It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and Fear of a Black Planet. Their last record released under the label dates back to 1998’s He Got Game, with the album serving as both the group’s sixth studio album and the soundtrack to Spike Lee‘s film of the same name.
Public Enemy’s What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down drops September 25.
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