Following the announcement that their one-off show at The Corner Hotel in Melbourne sold out in one day, enigmatic hip-hop luminaries Chuck D, Flavor Flav, DJ Lord and The S1W’s – aka Public Enemy – will play a second Australian show this summer, performing their ground-breaking album Fear of a Black Planet at the Metro Theatre in Sydney.
Public Enemy has long been known to push any boundaries that it doesn’t blatantly ignore, but it is the legacy of their 1990 album Fear of a Black Planet is arguably their most influential.
Selling one million copies in its first week of release in the USA alone, the album has since been widely recognised as one of the most important in musical, and indeed social political history. In 2003 it was ranked number 300 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time and in 2004 was chosen by the Library of Congress in the US to be added to the National Recording Registry.
Supporting Public Enemy will be Australian emcee and front man for The Herd and Astronomy Class, Ozi Batla. Far from one-dimensional, Batla’s vocal range is evident in live shows and on record. He’s comfortable working in a variety of styles, from straight hip hop in his work with Chasm, melodic with The Herd, on a reggae tip with Astronomy Class, or, occasionally still, in a drum n bass style. He is renowned for his often politically charged lyrics, and has supported the community through conducting hip hop workshops for disadvantaged youths in aboriginal communities and the inner city for many years.
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December 29, 2010. The Corner Hotel. Melbourne.
January 4, 2011. Metro Theatre. Sydney.