Rent Don't Rhyme for the Sake of Riddlin': The Authorized Story of Public Enemy
Russell Myrie's Don't Rhyme for the Sake of Riddlin' is the first authorized biography of Public Enemy, the foremost hip-hop group of all time. With unprecedented access to the group, Myrie has conducted extensive interviews with Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Terminator X, Professor Griff, and the Shocklee Brothers, along with many others who form a part of Public Enemy's legacy. Beginning with the group's inception on Long Island and working up to the present day, Myrie writes with in-depth detail about the making of each seminal album, including It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and their multimillion selling album, Fear of a Black Planet. Myrie delves into the controversy sparked by Professor Griff's alleged anti- Semitic remarks, the complexities of PE's relationship with the Nation of Islam, the group's huge crossover appeal with white and alternative music audiences in the early nineties, and finally the strange circumstances of Flavor Flav's re-emergence on reality TV with shows such as The Surreal Life and Flavor of Love. A rare behind-the-music look at the group that fought the power, terrorized the music industry, and was crucial to the development of the hip-hop music phenomenon.