FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2016 |
Posted by: Evan Jake Goldstein
[Photos by Christopher Hall/Videos by Evan Goldstein]
I went into the show not really knowing what to expect with my knowledge of the members of Public Enemy being so limited. My first exposure to Flava Flav was his Comedy Central Roast, and as far as I was concerned, he was a coked up hype-man whose vocabulary was limited to YEEEEAA BOIIIIIII!
I saw Chuck D, however, as a well-respected hip-hop pioneer and a powerful voice in both the entertainment and political world. All I knew of their discography was "It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back", so I took advantage of the long train ride into Brownsville to acquaint myself with some of the more popular singles that have come out since then. Another achievement worth noting is that they were one of the first hip-hop groups to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
I was blessed with one of the most electrifying and enthralling live performances I've seen to date, (and I've seen a LOT.) Backed by a three-piece band, a DJ, camo-clad background dancers and other emcees, the stage was well packed.
I would like to add that I couldn't have been more wrong about Sir Flav. He is one of the most multitalented performers I have ever seen. His mastery of both the lyrical and instrumental aspects of his music left the crowd in utter shock, phones out, screaming his name. (Watch the seriously amazing footage below!)
The back and forth between Chuck D and Flava Flav is seamless, almost a single, collective voice that is Public Enemy. Their politically charged lyricism is more relevant now than ever and remains as fresh and pertinent as they are.