Listen for lessons I'm saying inside music that the critics are blasting me for
They'll never care for the brothers and sisters now, cause the country has us up for the war

from Public Enemy – Bring The Noise Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Chuck and co. were never much for the media. Matter of fact, Chuck was so set against the media that musician and fellow Chuck Chuck E. Weiss was moved to state that, based upon the fact that “Chuck and Public Enemy…bitch about rock critics and airwaves so much” they were less a white-culture indifferent rap crew and more a punk rock group.

Moreover, though, Chuck’s bemoaning the fact that people are overlooking the proper, upstanding moral content in his raps (that are primarily aimed at young black folk, Chuck’s “brothers and sisters”) and just taking issue with his tone, his position and his general outspokenness. Political music seldom fails to polarise opinion when it’s put across as forcefully as Public Enemy’s is, and that’s before you get to the fact that this album, which sets its blackness front and centre, arrived when the USA was only 20 years on from the death of MLK and far from having put to rest the spectre of racism.

Chuck is being a tad melodramatic, though. His group never experienced controversy on the scale that, say, the equally inflammatory Eminem would ten years later (at least not until Professor Griff landed himself in hot water with that Washington Times piece), and in terms of music critics his vibe was caught by those hip to the young genre of rap, including esteemed pencil pusher Robert Christgau who awarded this very album one of his supa dupah rare A+ ratings.

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