For the week of 4/9/2012…

“Don’t Believe the Hype” by Public Enemy

“Don’t Believe the Hype” was one of the singles from Public Enemy’s 1988 breakthrough album, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back.  This track is also one of the better examples of the repartee between Chuck D (the hard-charging, serious one) and Flavor Flav (the comic relief).

The best part here is between 3:09 and 3:45.  Expressing frustration with the media’s eager portrayal of them as overly violent menaces, Chuck and Flav approach journalist Harry Allen for a non-sensationalized appraisal.  “Yo Harry, you’re a writer; are we that type?”  “Don’t believe the hype,” Allen deadpans.

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