The pre-eminent label for much of hip-hop's history, the best Def Jam songs are the evolution of the genre.
‘We never begged for acceptance and thought that was the most rebellious s__t ever,’ says Chuck D.
People have been using music as a means to express dissatisfaction for as long as we know, but why is it so powerful?
Furious yet thought-provoking, Prophets Of Rage’s debut album took no prisoners, offering a shot of adrenaline for the body politic in uncertain times.
Too often remembered for its clichés, 80s music actually has far more to offer than many remember – and it's cooler than you think.
The revolution will now be televised – and in HD – on the band’s official YouTube channel.
Unafraid to speak up against injustice, the best protest songs take on the issues of their day, but transcend their eras to speak to future generations.
It's impossible to tell the history of any genre in a single article, but these 20 songs provide a roadmap for listening... and further exploration.
This soundtrack lynchpin for Spike Lee's ‘Do The Right Thing’ remains one of Public Enemy's most searing anthems. Here's the story of how it got made.
The book is set to be released in November.
Not often a label thought of in hip-hop terms, the best Motown samples prove that Berry Gordy’s empire had more than enough beats for the crate-diggers.
From the 20-year rule to stylistic homage and outright appropriation, nostalgia has always played a part in musical evolution.
Spawning megastars such as Snoop Dogg, 2Pac, and Eminem, 90s hip-hop marked the point when the music came out of the suburbs and took over the world.
Stubblefield joined the Godfather's band in 1965 and became one of his two drummers of choice into the early 1970s.
Hitting like a hip-hop apocalypse, ‘It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back’ found Public Enemy unleashing arguably the greatest hip-hop album ever.