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2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Public Enemy

Public Enemy

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  • Year:
    2013
  • Inducted by:
    Spike Lee & Harry Belafonte
  • Category:
    Performers

Hall of Fame Essay

2013

Alan Light

RUN-DMC had a more revolutionary impact on the way records are made. N.W. A spawned more imitators. The Death Row and Bad Boy juggernauts sold more albums. Jay-Z has topped the charts for many more years. But no act in the history of hip-hop ever felt more important than Public Enemy.

At the top of its game, PE redefined not just what a rap group could accomplish, but also the very role pop musicians could play in contemporary culture. Lyrically, sonically, politically, onstage, on the news - never before had musicians been considered “radical” across so many different platforms.

2013 Inductees Public Enemy

Radical, revolutionary, change agents.

Harry Belafonte

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