Teatro Grand Opening Hosted By Usher

Lil Jon, Jermaine Dupri, Flavor Flav of Public Enemy, and Petey Pablo were on hand for the 2004 Billboard Music Awards – Teatro Grand Opening Hosted By Usher on December 8th at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Check out pictures from FilmMagic, GettyImages, and WireImage.

The Hip-Hop Summit Present ‘Race To The Polls’

Wyclef Jean, Chuck D. and Flavor Flav of Public Enemy, Doug E. Fresh, Biz Markie, Loon, Russell Simmons, Ludacris and Foxy Brown attended the Playstation 2 and The Hip-Hop Summit Present ‘Race To The Polls’ at Hammerstein Ballroom on Thursday (October 14) in New York City. Check out pictures from GettyImages (arrivals / pressroom / show), and WireImage.

Hammer And Public Enemy Team Forces

Conan O’Brien joked during his Late Night monologue on Wednesday night, “Today, VH-1 announced that, at next month’s Hip-Hop Awards, MC Hammer will appear with Public Enemy. Yeah, then after appearing with Public Enemy, MC Hammer will return to public housing.”

Maxim Magazine’s Music Issue Party

Fergie from The Black Eyed Peas, Flavor Flav of Public Enemy, and Reverend Run of Run-DMC attended Maxim Magazine’s Music Issue Party starring October cover girl Avril Lavigne at Crobar in New York City on Thursday (September 9).

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A White Boy Explains His Hip-Hop Fetish

Richard Cortazar of the Yale Daily News shared his thoughts on the state of music today, and his frustration about cerebral music being unable to top the charts. “Someone, anyone, PLEASE explain to me why the Roots are not more popular,” Cortazar asks. “Okay, I’ll admit that this is one of those venerable hip-hop acts that white people cite as a testament to their open-mindedness and willingness to move behind the confines of rock or country, along with Outkast, Public Enemy, and Run-DMC. And, okay, I’ll admit that I am white, very white. Pale, in fact. My complexion has been described as ‘translucent’ or even ‘sickly,’ but it’s only due to the fact that I don’t like the sun very much, and with my Spanish blood I think I’d tan reasonably well if I actually cared enough to try. So there you go. Still, I am, inescapably, a white boy from Indiana, nonetheless. Here’s the kicker, though: I spent the first four years of my life in the middle of the ghetto in Gary. G.I., as we call it back home, used to be the murder capital of the country, per capita, so this makes me a proud son, along with Michael Jackson (who’s now whiter than me), of the most bad-ass city in the Midwest. So I believe I’m more than qualified to debate the virtues of the Roots against those of resident numbskulls G-Unit, even if I prefer the interpretive, and roundly unhip, dancing of Michael Stipe to the agile, flawless timing of Usher.” Read more.

Voting Is Like Bathing

Public Enemy’s Chuck D. tells Mother Jones magazine that voting is as important as taking a bath. “It’s something you’re supposed to do,” he explained. “You can’t go around bragging, expecting to get props [just] because you voted. That’s stupid. You don’t see people running around trying to get props because they washed up. ‘I washed today! I took a shower today!'” He added, “But if you don’t vote, you can’t go around if something goes wrong saying, ‘Aw, man, stuff just stinks!'”

Flava Flav Getting VH1 Show

Ben Widdicombe of The New York Daily News hears the wacky Public Enemy’s Flava Flav impressed execs at VH1 so much with his antics on ‘The Surreal Life 3’, including a bizarre semi-romance with ’80s amazon Brigitte Nielsen, that they’re hooking him up with his own music show.

Moby ‘Make Love Fu** War’ Feat. Chuck D & Flavor Flav

Moby is out with the video to his new single ‘Make Love Fu** War’, featuring Public Enemy’s Chuck D und Flavor Flav. The track was written specially for Unity – The Official Athens 2004 Olympic Games Album compilation out on August 5th. “Working with Moby on this theme and project again shows that music can be a universal language of peace,” Chuck D stated. “Knowing his great work and concerns of the planet made this project one of like mindedness and world spirit… the song is a request that being a citizen of the world should transcend nationality in the name of peace.” Watch the video below.