Although a speech from Public Enemy announcing their album release plans is scheduled for tomorrow evening, group member Chuck D, let the knowledge slip at a recent performance. Two records will be available later this year.
Chuck D described the idea of the albums to Billboard as “two concise statements that are connected in the same breath.” The first of which is Most of My Heroes Don’t Appear on No Stamp. The second is, The Evil Empire of Everything. Tomorrow’s speech will be aimed at journalists from L.A.’s Skid Row area. The artist is very adamant about shedding light on the subject of the Los Angeles homeless population. Skid Row is one of the poorest city districts in America.
Public Enemy are hoping that this collaboration will begin to show that hip hop and rap can be a part of public service, but they know it will be hard work. Chuck D told Billboard:
“What other place do I have? My place in hip-hop is not to be a tycoon, making trillions with a yacht. That’s not my place. My place is maybe bringing people together and me being able to identify and illuminate a cause, and we’ll make it comfortable for them to be themselves but say what they’ve really been wanting to say all along, you know, with my protection.”
The group are also performing in Operation: Skid Row, a benefit concert designed to raise money for the Los Angeles Community Action Network which supports low income families and homeless in the area.