#1. Public Enemy
Created by Public Enemy front man Chuck D – who graduated Strong Island’s Adelphi University with a degree in graphic design – the P.E. logo is one of the most powerful images not just in hip-hop but in all of popular music history. Its b-boy caught in crosshairs an indelible symbol of America’s continued combat on Black youth. What some fans may not realize is that the silhouetted figure under fire is an actual person – former LL Cool J sidekick Damien Earl “E-Love” Matthias, apparently based on a photo from a magazine. As a visual representation of P.E.’s raison d’etre Mistachuck’s design still weighs a ton. Nothing before or since can match its impact, making Public Enemy still #1.