Editors' pick

Public Enemy

Hip-Hop/Rap
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Editorial Review

While Flavor Flav has been doing his best to write himself into the record books as a buffoon, Chuck D's been holding it down as an authoritative elder statesmen in hip-hop. But when the two reunite, all that matters is the music. Flav is the best hype-man in hip-hop history, and after over 20 years, his energy still balances Chuck's seriousness. You can almost pretend that "Flavor of Love" never happened when Public Enemy hits the stage. Even the age of Obama hasn't erased the relevance of classics such as "Brothers Gonna Work It Out" and "Burn Hollywood Burn." Catch the original prophets of rage at Lisner tonight. Or, watch them for free on their way there: before the Lisner show, they'll be visiting with homeless youth at the Sasha Bruce House shelter, and they'll perform live on a flat-bed truck as it travels from the shelter (at 18th and G streets NW) to Lisner. Line up along G Street or 21st Street for your best viewing opportunity. And don't forget that this is also a benefit for Sasha Bruce: proceeds from the concert are earmarked for charity, and if you bring a new or gently used coat to donate to homeless teens, you'll get a free VIP seat upgrade. (This will be done on a first-come, first serve basis at the box office.)

(November 2009)