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Public Enemy Timeline


Flavor Flav is born as William Drayton in Roosevelt, New York.


Chuck D is born as Carlton Douglas Ridenhour in Queens, New York.


Terminator X is born in New York as Norman Lee Rogers.


Public Enemy comes together at Adelphi University on Long Island.


Public Enemy releases its debut album, "Yo! Bum Rush the Show." The British music magazine "New Musical Express" names it the best album of the year in its annual critics' poll.


Public Enemy releases "It Takes a Million to Hold us Back." It is voted best album of the year in the "Village Voice's " Pazz and Jop critics' poll. In 2003, "Rolling Stone" ranks the album at Number 48 in its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


Public Enemy releases "Fight the Power." Spike Lee features the song in his film, "Do the Right Thing."


Public Enemy releases "Fear of a Black Planet." The album sells one million copies its first week of release.


Public Enemy releases "Apocalypse 91... The Enemy Strikes Back." The album reaches Number Four. It also includes a version of "Bring the Noise", recorded with the band Anthrax. The song also appears on Anthrax's album "Attack of the Killer B's." It is one of the first rap- metal collaborations.


Terminator X injures his leg in a motorcycle accident. in 1998, he leaves the group.


Public Enemy releases "He Got Game." the album is the soundtrack to the Spike Lee film of the same name.


Public Enemy releases "How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul???" It is the group's 10th studio album.


"Fight the Power" ranks Number One on the VH-1 show "100 Greatest Hip- Hop Songs."