Watch protest rap icons' newest video "Get Up Stand Up"
Public Enemy fans, get ready to bum rush your local record store. To celebrate Public Enemy's 25th anniversary, Island/Def Jam is reissuing the agit-rap crew's six Def Jam albums as a nine-disc limited edition box set.
The 180-gram vinyl collection drops on April 15 and will feature: 1987's Yo! Bum Rush the Show, 1988's landmark It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, 1990's similarly essential Fear of a Black Planet, 1991's Apocalypse '91... The Enemy Strikes Back (2xLP), 1994's Muse Sick-n-House Mess Age (2xLP), and 1996's soundtrack to Spike Lee's He Got Game (2xLP). A hefty history lesson indeed, but completists be warned: There aren't any elaborate remasters, outtakes, or extras packaged in this reissue campaign.
Fast forwarding to Chuck D and crew's more recent output, Public Enemy just dropped a video for "Get Up Stand Up," a cut off last year's Most of My Heroes Still Don't Appear on No Stamps LP (one of two PE albums released in 2012, along with The Evil Empire of Everything). The four-minute Brother Ali-featuring clip splices together footage from the Long Island rap collective's recent live shows. Watch it below.
Public Enemy have several upcoming live gigs in the U.S. and Europe booked from April to June, including their April 18 induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Scroll down further for Public Enemy's 2013 tour schedule.
Public Enemy 2013 tour dates:
April 17 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
April 18 - Los Angeles, CA @ Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE
April 21 - Dublin, Ireland @ The Button Factory
April 22 - Glasgow, U.K. @ O2 ABC
April 23 - Nottingham, U.K. @ Rock City
April 24 - Norwich, U.K. @ Norwich U.E.A.
April 26 - Bourges, France @ Le W
April 28 - Villerurbanne, France @ Le Transbordeur
April 29 - Paris, France @ Le Bataclan
April 30 - Nimes, France @ Paloma
May 1 - Lausanne, Switzerland @ Les Docks
May 3 - Memphis, TN @ Beale Street Music Festival
May 17-19 - Gulf Shores, Alabama @ Hangout Music Festival
June 21-23 - Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Fesitval