Public Enemy, Run DMC, and more Bring Us Along for an Epic Animated Story

Public Enemy, Run DMC, and more Bring Us Along for an Epic Animated Story

Public Enemy, Run DMC, and more Bring Us Along for an Epic Animated Story

Not your average Saturday-morning cartoon.

Not your average Saturday-morning cartoon.

Text: Juliana Bakumenko

While 2020 has been a tumultuous year to say the least, it’s also brought us endless reunions, reboots, revivals – you name it, and 2020 has brought it back into pop culture. Though none of these music icons need a revival, or ever truly went away for that matter, this latest music video collab just shows the power 2020 has had in bringing our favorite things back into the spotlight, with an updated feel.

Public Enemy has dropped an illustrated music video for their latest single “Public Enemy Number Won” from the recently released, current events-inspired record What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down? Featuring fellow ’80s and ’90s hip-hop icons and Def Jam Recording artists, Run DMC and the Beastie Boys’ Ad-Rock and Mike D also turned animated for this masterful music reunion.

With their cartoon counterparts wearing some iconic outfits (“My Adidas” anyone?), the video features concert posters, archived imagery, and personal twists from the lively members of each respective music group. Visually compelling, it’s easy to get lost in this animated realm, but the lyrics are just as captivating. Giving nods to their own origins, the “Golden Age” of hip-hop, and social movements from over the decades, “Public Enemy Number Won” is a quarantine must-see (and must-listen).

The song itself is an homage to the PE classic, “Public Enemy No. 1,” and comes at the same time that their 1988  album It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back has been named number 15 on Rolling Stone’s list of the greatest records of all time.

Known for their raw social and political commentary, Public Enemy’s voice returns at a time when we should all be looking back on those who paved the way before us and heeding the advice and calls to action from to their original works. Some of the very same issues that Public Enemy covered in the 1980s still exist today, whether manifesting in new ways or ultimately looking the same as always. Racial injustice and economic inequality persist around the world today, and it’s up to us now to take action and work toward positive change. Let Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, and Run DMC be the soundtrack to the revolution.

Watch this animated adventure below, and you can find Public Enemy’s 2020 album, What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down?, on most major music streaming services.

Credits: Visuals Courtesy of Grand Stand

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