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.
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.