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Public Enemy bring the noise to Fallon – watch

on September 17, 2014, 9:17am

Believe it or not, but Jimmy Fallon and Public Enemy go way back: The seminal hip-hop group appeared on Late Night on numerous occasions, and Fallon himself introduced Public Enemy at the 2009 Hip Hop Honors.

To mark the 30th anniversary of Def Jam Records, Chuck D, Flava Flav, and the rest hit The Tonight Show for the first time last night. They teamed with The Roots to perform “Public Enemy No. 1” from their landmark debut LP, Yo! Bum Rush the Show, and it was great. Watch the replay below.

The 30th anniversary of Def Jam will also be celebrated with a massive new archival box set along with an all-star concert at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on October 16th.

ICYMI, Public Enemy are the subject of two recent features on CoS. Chuck D’s ongoing feud with NYC’s Hot 97 is dissected in a recent installment of our new online zine, The Plug. Meanwhile, in his newSound to Screen column, Dominick Mayer discusses how Public Enemy gave a voice to the static between love and hate with their inclusion in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing.

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