What's the Future of Public Enemy?
So can anyone else picture Public Enemy having a bona fide comeback album? It seems obvious that the hip-hop climate has left them far behind, and even as certain late-80s/early 90s artists and sounds come back into vogue, no one looks to P.E. for new material. Also, they've bounced around on labels so much -- and Flavor Flav has become such a strange, sad personality in his own right -- that I doubt most people are even aware that PE still exists as a group.That said, I've been listening to their new record a bit (I think it's already been discussed here, couldn't find the thread), and it's not terrible. After I sliced off a few tracks (namely, those on which Chuck D doesn't appear), I can actually listen to the damn thing from start to finish -- something that hasn't been true of any PE record I've owned since Apocalypse 91. Chuck sounds more focused and motivated than he has in ages, the beats are decent (some mimic mid-90s Premier, others sound like the stand-out cuts on Chuck's solo album) -- nothing fantastic, but I can actually listen to it for pleasure rather than out of pity or morbid curiousity. I can't imagine a PE album that the current hip-hop scene saw as relevant, but what about a record that gets good press, their old fans can own with pride, and crosses over a little into the current nerd-rap demographic? Listening to this new one makes me think they could be an album away from something like that... I could see Def Jux picking them up, bringing like-minded MCs into the studio (Boots Riley, Dead Prez, Immortal Technique, Sage Francis, Buck 65, Mr. Lif, etc etc) and making something decent happen. Thoughts?