A Dozen Pivotal Moments in the 30 Year Career of Public Enemy

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7. In the smash 1991 film Terminator 2, "John Connor"--played by Edward Furlong--sports a Public Enemy t-shirt during the entirety of the film.

8. In 1990, Arizona voters rejected the establishment of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday in the state. A few years earlier, then-governor Evan Mecham had said "I guess King did a lot for the colored people, but I don't think he deserves a national holiday." Infuriated, PE recorded the hard-hitting "By the Time I Get To Arizona" for Apocalypse 91--and an equally memorable video--which helped stoke the backlash and boycott against Arizona over their resistance to MLK Day until two years later when state voters finally approved the holiday.

9. Though by the late '90s PE's mainstream commercial success was waning, in 1998 the group sampled Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth" for their hit "He Got Game" (their theme to Spike Lee's basketball drama of the same name, starring Denzel Washington)--and got Stephen Stills to sing the chorus on the track--and somehow managed to make it all sound cool.

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