Public Enemy has officially released “Fight the Power Remix 2020.” The group also announced a reunion with Def Jam.
Public Enemy has announced the title and release date for their new album, What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down. They also announced more exciting news: the album will be releasing on Def Jam Records, the label the iconic group started their career on.
What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down will be released on September 25th. It will be the first album from the group since Nothing Is Quick in the Desert dropped in 2017. This will be the first album under the Def Jam banner since the He Got Game soundtrack dropped in 1998.
In a press release, Chuck D talked about the importance of returning to Def Jam:
“Cultural Institutions are important. Being an integral part of one is an honor bestowed and to uphold. Public Enemy songs are forever sonic prints in the sands of time. And it’s time—it’s necessary—to bring the noise again from a place called home. Def Jam. Fight The Power 2020.”
Public Enemy co-founder Flavor Flav also added a word, saying “It’s cool to be home.”
The group also officially released “Fight The Power: Remix 2020,” a song that Public Enemy premiered at the 2020 BET Awards. “Fight The Power: Remix 2020” features Nas, Black Thought, Rapsody, YG, and Jahi.
Back in June, Public Enemy released their latest single, “State of the Union (STFU).” The song, which was produced by DJ Premier, features the legendary group going after President Donald Trump.
Before that song dropped, PE tried a stunt. Earlier in the year, Chuck D announced that he was kicking Flav out of the group after a rift over a Bernie Sanders endorsement. That ended up being a hoax. On April Fools Day, Chuck admitted that Flavor Flav was never kicked out of Public Enemy. In fact, Chuck said, “He can’t [be kicked out], he’s a partner. You can’t fire partners. You just walk away from ’em.”
Chuck said the whole situation was a ruse to get people’s attention for the album. He also released a new Public Enemy song called “Food as a Machine Gun,” which featured Flavor Flav.