Fighting the power as one of hip hop’s greatest ever acts, Public Enemy’s passion for principles remains at the forefront of their 25th anniversary tour. An absolutely ripped Chuck D reminds the audience that “this ain’t no fucking hologram!”, while Flava Flav (clock still ticking) agrees with a signature “yeaaaah boy!” and special guest Ice-T raises a fist in respect. With Griff alongside, plus DJ Lord and a three-piece band, the rebels start up a Public Enemy classic, the crowd going crazy to ‘Don’t Believe The Hype’.
It’s hard to believe that this is Movement, a three-day electronic music festival in the heart of the decaying metropolis of Detroit, Michigan. Just hours ago the crowd of mostly teenage ravers were dancing to minimal techno acts like Josh Wink and Carl Craig. Now they’re crowd surfing to ‘Bring The Pain’ while Chuck and Flav spit rhymes with laser accuracy. 25 years on, Public Enemy are still uniting people with the power of their timeless music. It’ll take another 25 to hold them back.