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Public Enemy raise money for new album, perform on Cee-Lo Green’s Lay It Down

on November 11, 2010, 5:01pm

Earlier this year, things seemed bleak for Public Enemy. The crowdfunding of their 13th studio album was beginning to flounder and we’re sure they weren’t too pleased with Arizona’s SB 1070. Sure, residents of the Grand Canyon State may be paying out the nose for the immigration law, but things are turning around for PE: They finally reached their goal of $75,000, and to celebrate, they dropped a kickass performance on Fuse’s Lay It Down, hosted by Cee-Lo Green (via Prefix Magazine). Awww yeah, boy!

Per BlackBook, the original goal for the album was set at $250,000; however, after not receiving enough larger donations, the seminal rap group dropped it to the $75,000 mark. A seemingly more realistic goal, 10 fans did commit to the “Terrordome” level, promising to donate $1,0000 (no one loves PE enough to go to “PE Number One” and shell out $10,000?!) Those lucky 10 fans now have unlimited-use backstage passes for three full years. In a statement, the band wrote while they faced their share of “explosive starts, media attention, corporate troubles, media criticism, recalculations”, they never lost faith in “ourselves, our fams and the future of fan funding as a model.” Gotta love a happy ending.

Good news aside, the band still have to keep their nose to the grindstone, so it’s back to doing what they do best: entertaining folks with some wholesome rapping. And there’s no more interesting a venue to do so at then Lay It Down, where Green keeps it sexy like an old-school late-night jazz  (we totally think he’s channeling Barry White in this week’s episode). Sure, that may not be PE’s thing, but they’re a  major get for the young show. Of course, PE proves their worth by going all out on hits like “Don’t Believe The Hype” and “Fight the Power”. And to think, we feared the revolution.

Enjoy the clip below, which also features an interview segment beforehand. Stay tuned for more news on the upcoming PE album.

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