YMMV / Public Enemy

  • Award Snub: Snubbed by a single track no less. Apocalypse 91... The Enemy Strikes Black was beaten out for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group at the 34th Grammy awards by the Will Smith single "Summertime".
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: When they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013, they performed "Fight the Power" as part of a medley. This included the line "Now Elvis was a hero to most/But he never meant shit to me" and its accompanying accusations of Elvis being racist. Elvis was one of the very first Rock Hall inductees in 1986. The fact that the group had the balls to slander any past inductee (let alone Elvis) at the ceremony is pretty amazing. And the crowd loved it.
  • Ethnic Scrappy + Magical Negro: Bashed to hell and back on "Burn Hollywood Burn" from Fear of a Black Planet, with Ice Cube and Big Daddy Kane joining the fun.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In "Caught, Can We Get a Witness?" they seem adamant about never 'Selling Out'. A couple of decades and mounting Child Support payments later, Flav needed some cash, and, once VH-1 came calling...
  • Sequel Displacement: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back makes it so easy to forget it's their second album...