Public Enemy "Public Enemy No. 1 (WBAU Promo)"


Though not intended as a demo, Chuck(y) D’s Adelphi University radio promo—a raw, pause-tape take on P.E.’s future first single—was nonetheless the recording that caught Def Jam impresario Rick Rubin’s ear after being passed a copy by fellow BAU on-air host Doctor Dre (of Original Concept, and later, Yo! MTV Raps fame). This would result in an extended courtship by Rubin to sign Chuck as a solo artist. Determined to commit only to a group deal that included hype man Flavor Flav, Chuck held out until Rubin relented, thus officially commencing the career of one of hip-hop’s all-time greatest groups.