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  1. Dec 2016
    1. You gotta go for what you knowMake everybody see, in order to fight the powers that beLemme hear you sayFight the Power

      This shows how Public enemy started a physical movement among the people. Many took to the streets to participate in non-violent protests for the cause. Many were forced to hear what they had to say and there was a push for change. Public Enemy never wanted the protest to be violent, they just wanted change.

    2. Got to give us what we wantGotta give us what we needOur freedom of speech is freedom or deathWe got to fight the powers that be

      I believe that this was a truly powerful way of creating a equality movement. Public enemy choice meaningful phrases to get their message across and so many people responded in a positive non violent way. This was a new and very innovative way of protest that proved to be very moving and effective.

    3. Now that you've realized the prides arrivedWe got to pump the stuff to make us toughFrom the heart

      Public Enemy showed the people that they cared about the cause at hand and gave them a voice. They proved that by standing together and by fighting for what they believe in they can do anything they set their mind too.

    4. Lemme hear you sayFight the powerLemme hear you sayFight the powerWe've got to fight the powers that be

      The lyrics Public Enemy wrote were an anthem used to rally the people to fight for equality and their lyrics were a way to get the people passionate about fighting for equality for all.

  2. Nov 2016
    1. Most of my heroes don't appear on no stampsSample a look back you look and findNothing but rednecks for four hundred years if you check

      He says that the people he looks up to most are never given the recognition that they deserve and that will change. He says since the beginning the "hero's" in america are white and racist.

    2. "Fight the Power"

      Thesis- Public Enemy started a movement to gain African Americans equality in the 1990's. They changed the rap game forever using their lyrics to rally the people. Their called for non-violent revolution and to bring a positive change and that is exactly what they did.

    1. Look around and see how things have changed in the last three or four years.

      Public Enemy has changed the rap game in just 4 years and this interview was early on in their careers.

    2. Exactly. You can’t just see one place, you gotta see a lot of places to get a grasp of the real situation happening in the world.

      If you really don't believe that racism was not a reality you truly needed to travel around away from most peoples sheltered life.

    3. You gotta understand something. The black man was taught prejudice and racism by the white man.

      Public Enemy had the same ideology as did every other american that white people have turned black people prejudice.

    1. "Fight the Power," Public Enemy's theme for Spike Lee's controversial 1989 film Do the Right Thing, also caused an uproar for its attacks on Elvis Presley and John Wayne

      Public Enemy faced many adversities in their time and creating Fight the Power for Spike Lee was no different and adversities like this show the strength of the group and the influence they had.

    2. Public Enemy pioneered a variation of hardcore rap that was musically and politically revolutionary.

      Public enemy was one of the first rap groups to create influential music with a positive, powerful backing too the lyrics and this sparked a movement.

    3. Public Enemy rewrote the rules of hip-hop, becoming the most influential and controversial rap group of the late '80s and, for many, the definitive rap group of all time.

      This shows how public enemy was such an icon of their time and how influential their music was for the cause of equality of the time period.