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"My place in hip-hop is not to be a tycoon, making trillions with a yacht.... My place is maybe bringing people together and me being able to identify and illuminate a cause, and we'll make it comfortable for them to be themselves but say what they've really been wanting to say all along....with my protection." - Chuck D
Since the release of their epic debut album ‘Yo Bum Rush The Show' in 1987, legendary rap group and social political-icons, PUBLIC ENEMY, have been making the music that makes the world listen; propelled by all the passion, urgency and electrifying performances that have made them one of the most critically-lauded groups in contemporary music.  To mark their epic 25-year career, the enigmatic musical luminaries announce that they will be returning to Australia for headline shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne this May, as well as headlining the Groovin' The Moo Festival around the country.
The announcement comes on the back of the news that PUBLIC ENEMY will be releasing two new studio albums this year. ‘Most Of My Heroes Still Don't Appear On No Stamp', produced by long-time collaborator Gary G-Wiz, will be released in June, while 'The Evil Empire Of Everything' will follow in September. PUBLIC ENEMY front-man, poet, author and the voice of the oppressed, Chuck D, describes the albums as "two concise statements that are connected in the same breath." (
A group whose musical style and incendiary delivery have earned them critical acclaim and millions of fans throughout their career, PUBLIC ENEMY continues to blaze musical and technological trails with new songs and new media, pulling rap music into the future, all while keeping its musical roots firmly intact. PUBLIC ENEMY transcends the confines of rap and pop music, remaining one of the African American community's most important messengers, digital music's greatest champions, and a rare rap group whose lyrics are dedicated to analyzing, uplifting and empowering all of humanity.
The group burst onto both the rap and pop music world in 1987 with their first single, "Public Enemy #1", a startling combination of Chuck D's commanding orations and Flava Flav's show-stopping antics to keep the message entertaining.  The song is not only known for introducing a whole new sound to the rap genre, but for giving the group their name.  A month later, PUBLIC ENEMY released their debut album, ‘Yo Bum Rush The Show'.  Their career has not only spanned 25 years, but 78 tours, performing over 2000 concerts in 80 countries.
The influence of PUBLIC ENEMY extends well beyond hip-hop.  The group has been cited by artists as diverse as Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, Björk, Tricky, Prodigy, Ben Harper and Aphex Twin, and their 1991 collaboration with thrash metal outfit Anthrax helped to create the ‘rap metal' genre.
In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked PUBLIC ENEMY number forty-four on its list of the Immortals: 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.  Acclaimed Music ranks them the 29th most recommended musical act of all time and the highest hip-hop group, and PUBLIC ENEMY's 1990 album ‘Fear of a Black Planet' was selected for preservation in the USA Library of Congress in 2005. 
Celebrate 25 years of the uncompromising PUBLIC ENEMY this May.