This page contains some reasons why I like Public Enemy, what the group is about, some of my experiences related to PE, and just some general thoughts and comments from me.
How did you get interested
since I started listening to Public Enemy, I've followed everything I could find
PE related. My parents never had cable, so I probably missed a lot of
Public Enemy information when I was young. But I'd make sure to watch
everything I knew about, like appearances on Saturday Night Live.
Are you associated with Public
My experience with PE on the web
Then one day I read the He Got Game soundtrack insert and it said "Check out the Public Enemy web site." So I went, but it said coming soon. So I forgot about it for awhile. And doing one of my "Public Enemy" searches on the internet, I came up with a new site, and some guy had a link to an Official Public Enemy web site. I couldn't believe I forgot about it! But I went to it, and at the bottom of the page, it said "Mail us". So I did. Before I even looked at any of the pages I had to send an email to let them know that I have been waiting for this forever and I've been searching the internet forever and now FINALLY I found what I'd been looking for since I got on the internet. And then I started to look at the site. And I couldn't believe it! It wasn't some everyday website that is produced by a company and not updated regularly. This actually looked like Chuck D was a part of the site and was involved in what was put on it. I spent about an hour or two reading every single page that was up on the site. After I was done, I emailed them again telling them how much I enjoyed the site and hoped they keep up with it. Then I emailed all of my friends and told them about the site. At this time, I was still kind of leery, but I pretty much believed that Chuck D was involved with the site.
About a month passed, and I had visited the PE site pretty regularly. I loved the fact that Chuck D wrote his thoughts every two weeks in an article called the Terrordome. One night I checked my email, and I got one back from the first email I sent to the "Mail us" link. I read it, and it was signed "chuck d". I was sure that it was from mistachuck himself, considering everything I had read on the site. I forwarded it to all of my friends, but nobody believed that it was actually from Chuck D. They'd all say stuff like "Yeah, like Chuck D actually wrote that" and "I'm sure he's got his people to answer the emails" and stuff like that. But it took him a month to respond, and he said on the site that he responds to emails. It made sense to me that it was actually from Chuck.
One or two days later, I got another email, from Chuck D once again. This was the response to my second email I sent. I even asked a question about why Chuck said something on Letterman way back in '94. He answered it. And now I was 110% positive that it was Chuck that responded to my email. I sent it on to all my friends and they still didn't believe me. I wish I wouldn't have lost all my email, or I'd have the date handy of my first communication with Chuck D. Since those original emails, mistachuck has mentioned me in his Terrordome comments 4 or 5 times.
One day, Public Enemy released a new song on their website called Swindlers Lust. It was released in MP4 format, which is a music format with a built in player that runs on Windows machines. I could play it just fine, but I was also actively reading and posting on the Enemy Board on the official PE website. Some people couldn't hear this new song because they owned a Mac or had Linux or some other Operating System. So I converted the MP4 to MP3 that Saturday night, and posted it at my website. I then put a message on the Enemy Board that people could download the file from my site and that if Chuck D had any problems with this, just let me know and I'd take it down. The next morning he responded "That's what this board is for - access. Thanx for helping out." So a lot of people could now listen to the song that couldn't before. And I didn't really realize the impact of Public Enemy until that Monday, when someone posted a message on Slashdot.org about PE putting up the MP4. And half-way through the discussion, someone realized that I posted it in MP3 on my site and put up a link to my site. And people started coming to get the file like crazy. I had almost 1000 people download that file that morning. A lot of these people were complaining because MP4 is not a standard and it only supports Microsoft and all this other stuff. But they were happy to read mistachuck's response to my post, and I think most of them realized that PE didn't put this out to promote Microsoft.
That night I got an email from Gary G-Wiz at Public Enemy that they had converted the file to MP3 from the original and it was now up at the official site. So I linked to their file instead of mine. This is when I realized that I could make a Public Enemy site and that people would actually come to it.
So I started to build a site
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