Yo! Bum Rush the Show” by Public Enemy (Def Jam, 1987)

Yo! Bum Rush the Show was the debut album of American hip hop pioneers Public Enemy. A critical success, the album peaked at #125 on Billboard’s Top LPs chart (#28 on their Top Black Albums chart).

The singles off the album were Public Enemy No. 1 and You’re Gonna Get Yours.

The group consists of Chuck D, Flavor Flav, DJ Lord, The SIW group, music director Khari Wynn and Professor Griff. Public Enemy formed in 1982 and are known for politically charged lyrics, who actively criticize the American media and routinely express the frustrations and concerns of the African American community. It was their politically charged and socially conscious brand of hip hop along with their label mates the Beastie Boys that put the genre of hip hop on the map and paved the way for a generation of artists, and not just hip hop artists either. In December 2012, it was announced that Public Enemy would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.