Earlier this year, Public Enemy announced that they were bumrushing 2012 with a pair of new albums titled Most of My Heroes Still Don’t Appear on No Stamp and The Evil Empire of Everything. Now, in a recent interview with Billboard, PE’s frontman Chuck D explains why the legendary crew decided to release two LPs in 2012.
Chuck explained that the two albums will actually work in tandem with one another with regards to their respective messages. He explained that Most of My Heroes – which drops this summer – focuses on the issue of people rising up together, while The Evil Empire – which follows this fall – will deal with the institutionalized evils that people face.
“They’re twins, fraternal twins – not identical, but they will talk to each other,” Chuck said. “The statement with these albums isn’t so much just within the content but in the audacity of the release, just like, ‘What the hell? Two albums that bookend the summer? What the hell?!’ But we know we’ve got a fan base that’s kind of acclimated and used to albums because we were the first to come along and kind of bring a concept album to the Hip Hop marketplace. So we oblige this year by doing not one, but two.”
He added, “Maybe in the past one would’ve been an A side and the other a B side, or it would’ve been a long CD. But halfway into making it we decided to have two different aspects, one that dealt with the whole movement of people [with Most of My Heroes Still Don’t Appear on No Stamp] and the other that deals with the situation of everything coming at you at once, like a blizzard [with The Evil Empire of Everything].”
PE’s albums are set to feature the likes of Brother Ali, Henry Rollins, Tom Morello, DMC, Bumpy Knuckles, Large Professor and more.