Public Enemy Performs One Of Their Earliest, Biggest Hits With The Roots (Video)

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While 1988 would be the year Public Enemy’s seminal It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, 1987 is integral to the story. That would be the year that the Long Island collective dropped their debut album, Yo! Bum Rush The Show. The album was a homogenous blend of politics, bravado, car anthems, and some of the hardest, most abrasive sounding Hip-Hop of its time.

In conjunction with Def Jam’s 30th anniversary, P.E. represented for their former label and appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s “The Tonight Show” last night (September 16). There, one of Def Jam’s earliest bands teamed up with one of its current Hip-Hop bands, in The Roots. They played the iconic “Public Enemy #1,” with P.E.’s Copyright Criminals All Star Band also jamming in.

Flavor Flav, Chuck D, the SW1’s, Black Thought, ?uestlove and the rest break it down live style. These guys have done this before, including a specially-curated 2009 Roots Picnic in Philadelphia.

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