Public Enemy released an all-new album, Man Plans, God Laughs, on July 15 via its own digital music store at RCSMusic.com and exclusively through Spotify (through July 27).
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The long-awaited new record from hip-hop icons and champions of change is available in CD and vinyl formats and on digital now. In an interview with Maxim, PE frontman Chuck D called Man Plans, God Laughs a "commentary on the 21st century in this technological - yet highly political - world” and revealed that the sounds on the album’s title track were inspired by the recent work of Run The Jewels, Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West. He later described to Ebony.com how seriously he took his role as a hip hop pioneer when recording MPGL by saying, “If I’m going to be looked upon as somebody that is an elder, I got to say things that stick and count. Make sure your words drop like cinder blocks.”
Man Plans, God Laughs was created as a reminder that, according to Chuck D, “once we win one victory, another battle develops.” The album is driven by anthems that echo Public Enemy’s longstanding calls to break down institutional blockades and stand up for the rights of the oppressed, imploring listeners to “Give Peace A Damn” while name checking Charles Mingus, work together as one in “Earthizen” and see each other as one on “Me To We” (featuring turntable scratching from the group’s original DJ, Terminator X).
Chuck D’s lyrics blend powerfully with the raw poetry of longtime S1W James Bomb who recounts the group’s emotional journey to South Africa on “Mine Again, one of the most moving tracks on MPGL. “The sounds range from bracingly modern ratchet beats and EDM-styled textures to fresh new takes on P.E.'s signature blend of funk noise,” described Rollingstone.com.
Fueled by Chuck D’s fierce vocals and Flavor Flav’s euphoric delivery set to unrelenting beats and ingenious use of samples, Public Enemy burst on the music scene in 1987 as hip-hop heroes and sonic revolutionaries. Their debut record, Yo! Bum Rush The Show, “heralded hip-hop’s great leap forward” according to The New York Times. Their sophomore effort, 1988’s It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back, was added it to The New York Times’ list of 25 Most Significant Albums of the Last Century. 1990’s Fear of a Black Planet featured Public Enemy’s signature song, “Fight The Power,” used by Spike Lee in his film Do The Right Thing. 1991’s Apocalypse 91…The Enemy Strikes Black went platinum. By 1999, Public Enemy’s stance in the controversial Napster debate made Chuck D the voice of the digital music cause. In 2013, Public Enemy joined Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run DMC, and The Beastie Boys in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The group’s global popularity and impact remains strong to this day. Public Enemy’s “Say It Like It Really Is,” from their 2012 album The Evil Empire of Everything, provided a fitting backdrop to the trailer for the film Selma that chronicled the months leading to the Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights marches. Their song, “Harder Than You Think,” was selected for NBC’s official Super Bowl XLIX Commercial and was featured in the UK’s stirring “Meet The Superhumans” 2012 Paralympics campaign. The track went on to reach #4 on The Official UK Singles Chart and #1 on the Indie Singles Top 20 Chart that year.
Public Enemy are now in the midst of a lengthy world tour. Kicking off with “the world’s largest music festival,” Milwaukee’s Summerfest, PE will spend the summer at a dozen major European festivals, including the Wireless Festival in London and the Benicassim Festival in Barcelona before embarking on a European arena tour with EDM trailblazers The Prodigy this fall.
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