Public Enemy : Fight The Power

With all this heat of summer upon us, it reminds me of a certain movie that was released in the summer of 1989. Do The Right Thing was probably Spike Lee’s greatest movie, dealing with racial tensions in the small neighborhood of Bed Stuy in Brooklyn. It happens to be the hottest day of the summer, and is an allegory to the heating up of racial tensions in the neighborhood that end up boiling over. If you haven’t seen it, I do recommend it seeing it. But back to the song, Spike Lee wanted to have a song written specifically for the movie, and he felt that Public Enemy was the group to achieve the feeling of defiance and anger. From the opening line of “1989, the number, another summer, sound of the funky drummer…” it hits you hard with aggression and anger, and sums up much of the frustration of black people, and becomes a rallying call for racial equality. This is one of hip-hop’s greatest songs, ever. I was lucky enough to see Public Enemy on this tour at First Avenue. It still ranks up there as one of the best shows that I have ever been to. It was a very mixed crowd, with half being black, and the other half, mainly white, with a few people of other races mixed in. There were no fights, there was not violence. It just showed that Public Enemy’s music could unite us, even if we were from different backgrounds…


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