One of the most important musical acts across genres to come out of the 1980s — and the second greatest hip-hop band of all time (Wu) — Public Enemy is finally getting its just deserved day in the sun. The oft slept-on group bombshell that is P.E. not only militarized the face of hip-hop, but had every parent across the great ol’ U.S.A. pooping in their khakis. Kids who grew up in the 80’s remember how freaked out parents were of Ozzy Osbourne, but that fear paled to how some reacted to the bombastic assault that was Public Enemy. Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Terminator X, Professor Griff and the peerless, groundbreaking Bomb Squad (producers Hank and Keith Shocklee and Eric “Vietnam” Sadler) hit the scene with an anger and matching intelligence that the world had never before seen, making Sid Vicious look like Robert Goulet and in the process changing white teenage lives forever with their debut LP It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. Sure they never garnered any airplay, and were trounced when the message of hip-hop devolved from lyrical flows to bling and Puff Daddy-sponsored Cristal rhymes, but their influence can still be felt with any emcee who hits the mic with any form of consciousness (are there actually any left?). Well now Public Enemy have been inducted into the prestigious Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, a huge honor considering they’re only the third hip-hop group to do so (after Run-DMC in 2009 and the Beastie Boys in 2012).

To celebrate the honor, a concert was thrown to honor P.E. before the official Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and Jason Bergh directed a documentary of the whole experience. Aptly titled Rebel Without A Pause: The Induction Celebration of Public Enemy into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the film shows a ton of concert footage interlaced with interviews from lifelong Public Enemy fans like Russell Simmons, Eddie Murphy, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and host Doug E. Fresh. Rebel Without A Pause will premier on Centric TV this Saturday, June 1 2013. Peep the trailer below for a sneak peek at the documentary and concert…

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