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

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Hard to believe, but Public Enemy--which headlines Irving Plaza tonight as part of the "Hip-Hop Gods Tour"--is celebrating 30 years of existence this year. As the late Adam Yauch once wrote of the rap icons: "I put them on a level with Bob Marley and a handful of other artists--the rare artist who can make great music and also deliver a political and social message. But where Marley's music sweetly lures you in, then sneaks in the message, Chuck D grabs you by the collar and makes you listen." In honor of tonight's show, and PE's 30th anniversary, here are a dozen pivotal moments from the group's illustrious history.

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