Music: Yo! Rap Gets on the Map

Led by groups like Public Enemy, it socks a black message to the mainstream

Spike Lee knew just the right thing. While shooting his racially charged movie Do the Right Thing last year, the director realized how crucial it was to find appropriate music for the song that ignites the film's climactic riot scene. "I wanted it to be defiant, I wanted it to be angry, I wanted it to be very rhythmic," says Lee. "I thought right away of Public Enemy."

Word, Spike. Few groups pulsate with more in-your-face aggression than the four young black men known as Public Enemy, rap music's self-proclaimed "prophets of rage." For the sound track, they concocted Fight the...

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