Posted in hiphop | music | pictures on August 16, 2010

photos by Andrew St. Clair, words by BBG

Flavor Flav, in a rare moment of sanity, is sans clock and reality show video crew!
Public Enemy

There was a moment between songs yesterday during Public Enemy's rollicking performance in the middle of a rain-streaked Central Park where Chuck D likened his legendary rap outfit to the venerable thirst quencher lemonade..."Take the water and the lemon out of that equation, and you get diabetes," Chuck said, referring to his scrawny partner in crime's recent reality show foibles. "VH-1 gave America diabetes."

While the crowd guffawed heartily, Flav took the diss in stride with a slight smirk on his face. The truth is the be-clocked rapper's turn on "Flavor of Love" probably only served to help Public Enemy in the long run. -[Crawdaddy]

Public Enemy brought the noise to Summerstage on 8/15, along with the return of Son of Bazerk (never thought I would say that name again), Blitz The Ambassador, Kendo And The Almost Famous Band, and a special DJ set from the hip hop legend Kool Herc. It was Son of Bazerk's first NYC show in 19 years(!):
"Son of Bazerk has the greatest voice ever!" That's according to Public Enemy frontman Chuck D, praising the lead rapper for the grandiosely monikered Son of Bazerk Featuring No Self Control and the Band, a Bomb Squad-associated group from Freeport, Long Island, who secured cult status in hip-hop off the back of 1991's critically acclaimed Bazerk, Bazerk, Bazerk album-and then promptly disappeared for nearly 20 years...

Hip-hop folklore attributes Son of Bazerk's vanishing act to one of two factors: Their sound was either ahead of its time, or they were stymied by Bomb Squad producer Hank Shocklee, who released their debut album through his M.C.A. imprint, S.O.U.L., but allegedly refused to sanction a follow-up, compelling Bazerk to characterize Shocklee as "one of the dirtiest motherfuckers I ever seen in my life" in a 2008 interview reprinted on the rap blog Unkut. -[Village Voice]

Son of Bazerk and No Self Control has a newish LP out now, I Swear On An Old Stack of Hits available now via Chuck D's Slam Jamz label. Get it here.

More pics from the Summerstage show are below...

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Public Enemy | NYC @ Central Park | 15 Aug 2010

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Comments (23)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omlgCUuLOxM

AWESOME NEW WOMANIZER REMIX!!!

Posted by Nuni | August 16, 2010 11:49 AM

it was pretty hilarious when Son of Bazerk started getting their t-shirts thrown back at them. crowd didn't like them at all

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 12:03 PM

When you type you aren't saying anything.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 12:07 PM

Yeah, Son of Bazerk got booed off the stage. Nobody knew what was going on when them and the crazy dude from Con Air each did random 5 minute medleys. PE was alright. Left and caught most of !!!, who were fan fucking tastic.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 12:08 PM

its kind of sad when bands wear their own tshirts.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 12:46 PM

Who wears a belt AND suspenders?

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 12:54 PM

this douchebag takes his job way to seriously. calm the fuck down guy. the city isn't going to shut down a show run by the city.

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/koolherc/summerstage/12.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 1:30 PM

^ Dude in the picture works his ass off

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 1:50 PM

yo, i really enjoyed blitz the ambassadors set! + the sound guy should have been boo'd!

Posted by bellinirap | August 16, 2010 2:25 PM

yeah, the sound was really shitty at some points, but great show overall

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 2:30 PM

Didn't Summerstage get a new sound system this year of something? I think I remember reading about that here. Is that why the sound has been pretty shitty at most of the shows there this year?

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 2:48 PM

show was great, loved the PE set. bazerk got a raw deal i liked them too. can anyone tell me what that song about meditation or something dj kool herc played was called. it was so good. guy was like..yeah..gonna meditate now baby! 70s funk disco? help!


ps whats a dude who likes !!! even doing there. we were all white enough!

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 3:22 PM

Blitz the Ambassador was terrible. After 20 years of godawful two-tone bands made up of ex marching band members we now can look forward to 20 years of shitty two-tone afrobeat. Damn. Stop name-dropping Fela, your music is wack. Cool Herc had the tables bumpin' and Blitz the Ambassador played forever and sucked. Those of you who cheered for them should have stayed home. Stop encouraging this crap. Summerstage give PE another show next year and get the sound right. Peace!
Did I mention how much B the A sucked?

Posted by libertyjam | August 16, 2010 7:04 PM

$20 for a public enemy shirt is not that bad

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 8:32 PM

Black guy in a portishead shirt? With an umbrella?

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 8:36 PM

PE were awesome. Sadly lame crowd though- this is PE, jump around, show some excitement people! The sound didn't help though... :(

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2010 12:41 AM

thank you so much post my photo !

I were high energy t-shits and positive thinking cap.!!
yes!

Posted by mari j brooklyn | August 20, 2010 12:27 AM

The Meditation song was by the TNT band..Feli Hernandez usually plays it on the Rhythm Revue on WBGO Saturday or on Kiss on Sundays.Son of bazerk is incredible and whoever doesn't like them should go listen to their wack Paul's Boutique album in their sad world

Posted by Robt | August 20, 2010 1:38 PM

PE was great i was standing next to the mc from andre the dylan for most of the show. i dont think ive ever been to a dry summerstage show. ever.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 2:21 PM

show was cool, this guy blitz had waaay to much time & was lame who is he anyway? son of bazerk are a bunch of crackheads from freeport tryin to make a comeback piggybacking off sharon jones - it ain't gonna happen! It was good to hear herc- although the line up was disjointed as a whole- who put it together anyway??

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 11:16 AM

Thanks to all those that came out and understand what Son of Bazerk/No Self Control is about. Eventhough it's been 20 years, I love this game. For those who do not get us, it's cool, I know you just use to the same ole same. But a crackhead this sista is not. An educated young women holding it down for my hometown. So don't get it twisted. We can take constructive feedback but don't get too fly. Love you all for the support. Catch our new project "Well Thawed Out" and we will be at a venue near you! Peace- 1/2pint Son of Bazerk/No Self Control

Posted by 1/2pint | September 19, 2010 9:30 PM

It looks like everyone had a great time, I wish I was there.

Posted by Briana D. | September 19, 2010 11:41 PM

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