Public Enemy

Public Enemy

PE2.0, Kendo the Almost Famous

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Limited admissions at the door $45 cash only

Public Enemy
Public Enemy
Public Enemy

Chuck D
Flavor Flav
Professor Griff
DJ Lord
The S1W’s

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 the release of their latest album, Revolverlution. A combination of new songs, live performances recorded around the world, and several classics reworked by fans via the Internet. Revolverlution pulls rap music into the future, all while keeping its musical roots firmly intact. Once again, 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 who need not rely on misogonistic and pro-violent lyrics.

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, Hank Shocklee's layered cacophony of musical noise, 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.

Shortly after, they recorded "Rebel Without a Pause," which would herald a new era of rap - Public Enemy's trademark ‘noise' or as Hank Shocklee puts it ‘Music’s worst nightmare’ - layers upon layers of samples, sirens and general chaos. Production was handled by Bill Stephney, Hank Shocklee, Carl Ryder and Eric ‘Vietnam’ Sadler - the nucleus of the Bomb Squad, which later included Keith Shocklee.

The world responded, and Public Enemy became stars overnight, both at home and abroad. The group took Europe by storm and continue to be one of the continent's most popular acts. Then came the classic It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back in 1988, considered to be one of the most important records ever released, and voted the Number One rap album of all time.

With back-to-back, non-stop world tours, the group did not release another album until 1990’s Fear of a Black Planet. It was yet another PE classic that carried the noise, layered samples, and took their message-driven lyrics to the next level. The inclusion of Big Daddy Kane and Ice Cube on "Burn Hollywood Burn" only added to its depth and message. Add to that the lead-in single, "Fight the Power" (from Spike Lee's 'Do The Right Thing'), which became the group's signature song.

Around the same time, fans and the media started speculating on whether the creative intensity within the group was breaking it into pieces. To fuel the fire, various members were working on solo records. As an answer to these rumours, PE released Apocalypse 91 - The Enemy Strikes Black. Rather than ignore the gossip written about the group, they decided to hit the ‘hype’ head on with songs like "More News at 11," "Shut Em Down" and "Letter to the New York Post." The album also featured "By The Time I Get To Arizona," a fiery message aimed at the state's refusal to honor the new Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. And "Shut Em Down" grew out of Chuck D’s anger at having his voice used in a beer commercial, and chronicled the way he saw black neighborhoods being exploited by big corporations who put little back.

Before the year was out, the home video ‘Tour of a Black Planet’ was also released, including videos and more serious commentary than its predecessor and surpassed Gold sales. All the while, Public Enemy's incessant touring didn’t stop, and in 1992 they joined U2 on their Zoo TV tour.

While on tour, the group recorded their fifth album Greatest Misses. Comprised of six new songs and six remixes of PE classics, the album was meant to be a gift for fans until a full-length album could be recorded. Greatest Misses was accompanied by the release of their third Gold-selling home video ‘The Enemy Strikes Live’, a recording of a free show they did at the famous Apollo Theatre.

The next studio album was 1994’s Muse-Sick-N-Hour-Mess-Age. By that time, the rap soundscape had changed dramatically. No longer in any mood to hold back, the group now felt that it was time to hold a mirror up to the black race and to the music industry - subjects they had touched on before but never to this extent. Producing a sound that Chuck D described as ‘ferocious soul’ using live instruments, bigger noise, and all sorts of chaos, the album was considered to be a radical departure from their previous albums. After at first catching their fans by surprise, it is now considered by their fans to be one their best works.

In 1996, the group took an indeterminate break from their relentless touring and recording schedule, but decided to returned in 1998 at Spike Lee's request with a gripping soundtrack album to his movie He Got Game. Unlike most soundtrack albums, He Got Game wasn't so much a soundtrack as a new Public Enemy record. Many of the group's original members returned for the recording, including various members of The Bomb Squad.

The album liner notes included a reference to www.publicenemy.com and www.rapstation.com, giving glimpse into the future of what lay ahead for the group. They also referred to upcoming release There’s a Poison Going On, (1999) which was a groundbreaking album, one of the first ever to be released in MP3 format and even as a zip disc. Their subsequent tour was webcast live from the House of Blues, and is now available on DVD.

In 2001, www.slamjamz.com was launched, billed as an 'Internet-first' record company, releasing singles using MP3 technology. The label will soon celebrate its first anniversary online with the release of the new Public Enemy album, Revolverlution, an album created directly through the site. Four of the songs on Revolverlution were reworked by fans in a contest held at www.slamjamz.com, and both the album artwork and liner notes were conceived by fans whom Chuck D 'met' on the site's message boards.

As well as being a remarkable album in its own right, Revolverlution is also the first installment of a trilogy of albums, with Chuck D in fact calling it "a trilogy within a trilogy." The new songs on it redefine the PE sound, bringing them up to and beyond the new era of rap. A song like "Give the Peeps What They Need" is a prime example of how independence can benefit artists, bringing Public Enemy and Paris together on the remix and with the production by DJ Johnny Juice.

To celebrate 15 years as one of pop music's most heralded groups, Revolverlution gives us everything that Public Enemy stands for - the new songs cover politics, current affairs and race relations. Three live tracks remind us of shows we have seen and provide new listeners with a sample of what they have missed. The four remixed tracks bring the group and fans closer together, allowing fans to sculpt their own sound for PE - at the same time revisiting classic PE songs. Then we have the interlude tracks - PSA’s, out-takes from the recording of "Burn Hollywood Burn" and assorted interview footage.
PE2.0
PE2.0
PE2.0 is the newest branch on the iconic tree of Public Enemy.
Songs.Movements. Better Mindsets .
These are the distinct words that drive
Project Experience Millennium

Lead by Rhyme Vet MC JAHI, with DJ LORD and The baNNed ( The rhythm section of
Public Enemy) with special select appliances from PE founders Professor Griff and Chuck D) PE2.0 blends select obscured covers from the discography of Public Enemy, alongside NEW original hard hitting songs of conscience and power with production from Dived Souls, The Original Bomb Squad and more.
Kendo the Almost Famous
Kendo the Almost Famous
Breaking free from the oppressive chains of standardized Hip Hop, Kendo has emerged as a standout persona to be watched. With the formation of his new band, The Almost Famous, Kendo has deliberately established that the new face of Hip Hop is the rebirth of original Hip Hop: true to the people and more substance than flash. No genre is off limits: no topic too taboo. Kendo is a true artist with the ability to deliver the truth to you over a melodic bass line, a pulsing rock beat or a neo-classic rhythm. His versatility makes him an enigma: his drive and determination make him a powerful force in the world of music.
Kendo’s first album with his new band self-titled “Kendo The Almost Famous”, was distributed through Slam Jamz Records. The band completed an East Coast tour through Edge 1 Management to promote the album. “Rock Harder” featuring the legendary D.M.C. from Run D.M.C is the most recent single. The song is the first cut off the new album “Different Is Better” do for release through Line 3 Entertainment late 2014.
Kendo The Almost Famous had a series of hot performances in the summer of 2013 which included Central Park’s Summer Stage Series, opening for Public Enemy’s Fear of the Black Planet 20th Anniversary Tour (House of Blues Boston, Northern Lights Clifton Park, Trocadero Theatre Philadelphia, 930 Club Washington D.C, Norva Auditorium Virginia and The Hat Factory). Kendo also performed at Japan’s Fuji Fest. The collective creativity, raw energy and emotion of the band are the foundation of a limitless repertoire.
From chance meetings to childhood friends, The Almost Famous band is comprised of fated meetings that have created musical genius. The variety of backgrounds has created the perfect breeding ground for unlimited musical potential. Not only do they have the swagger, they have the talent and drive to support it. Kendo The Almost Famous is well on its way to worldwide recognition.
Venue Information:
Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
http://www.brooklynbowl.com/

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