Public Enemy’s single “Grid” featuring Cypress Hill and George Clinton “is a love letter to hip-hop’s golden era (and the classic Def Jam roster’s role in it), full of withering political analysis, blistering boom-bap and rap-rock productions (Vulture).” The group has now released an animated video for the single, directed by Ice the Endless, with background by ThatOneDudeZach and visual effects by RMELL and ARTJCON. The track and video for “Grid” is the latest from PE’s recent album, What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down?, and the group performed the song along with Cypress Hill on CBS’s special live broadcast of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday, September 29th immediately following the first presidential debate. Check out the video and live performance below..
The album marked the group’s historic return to Def Jam Recordings and includes guest appearances by Nas, YG, Rapsody, DJ Premier, Black Thought, Questlove, Cypress Hill, Run-DMC, Ice-T, PMD, George Clinton, Daddy-O, Jahi, The Impossebulls, Mark Jenkins, S1Ws Pop Diesel and James Bomb and Mike D and Ad-Rock of Beastie Boys. L
Previous singles from What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down? Include “Fight the Power: Remix 2020,” a powerful reimagining of their classic track featuring Nas, Rapsody, Black Thought, YG, Jahi and Questlove and riveted audiences at the 2020 BET Awards; and “State of the Union (STFU)” which holds nothing back as it calls out Donald Trump and his destructive reign, produced by DJ Premier.
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