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Public Enemy is an American hip hop group consisting of Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff and his S1W group, DJ Lord (DJ who replaced Terminator X in 1999), and Music Director Khari Wynn. Formed in Long Island, New York, in 1982, Public Enemy is known for their politically charged lyrics and criticism of the American media, with an active interest in the frustrations and concerns of the African American community. more »


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(chorus) Raise your hands, so we can
                 Raise the roof, so you can
                 Raise your voice, so we can
                 Raise the roof

        Raise the roof because it's all on fire
        Not done by the sun or electrical wire
        Not done by sons stricking matches with daughters
        But done by scratches so save that water
        This jam is packed so I just figure
        All we need is the house to get bigger
        So startin' with the roof down to the base
        We're at your service to burn the place

        (repeat chorus)

        With the spot as hot as it can get
        The roof's on fire, you're soaked and wet
        The puzzle on your face shows as you sweat
        But your body keeps movin' with no regrets
        Chandeliers shake, swing from front to back
        Left to right all night, and the lights don't crack
        Your minds on the time, hopin' it don't end
        It's time to get stupid, here we go again

        (repeat chorus)

        Stare at the strope, pull your earlobe
        For the sights and sounds clear across the globe
        This jam might hit or miss the charts
        But the style gets wild as state of the art
        Dazzling in science, bold in nerve
        But givin' my house what it deserves
        Served on the floor cause I got payed
        Make the fans that left, wished they had'a stayed
        Realize my friend, ain't this a trip
        As your body gets railed when you do the flip
        And your mind gets rocked when we're on a roll
        Then the freak of the week makes you loose control
        A Swatch for a watch, so you'll know the time
        Your crowd gets loud and you clock my rhyme
        The messiah's on fire and I'm living proof
        I'll quench your desire and raise your roof

        (repeat chorus)

        In school I'm cool throughout the week
        When the weekend comes, I'm down with the Greeks
        Frat brothers known across the seven seas
        Fly ladies of the 80's, sororities
        Zetas, Deltas, AKA's
        Women that keep me in a daze
        Phi Sigma boys in the move
        With the Kappas and the Ques and of course the grooves to
        And for real it's the deal and the actual fact
        Takes a nation of millions to hold me back
        Rejected and accepted as a communist
        Claimin' fame to my name as a terrorist
        Makin' money in corners that you'll never see
        Dodgin'judges and the lawyers and the third degree
        Nothin' wrong with a song to make the strong survive
        Realize gave me five cause I kept 'em alive
        Mislead what you read bout my devilish deeds
        Mislead what I said so you're better off dead
        Make 'em hear it and see it for the Def and blind
        And command it and we'll plan it for incapable minds
        Take for granted and demand it from the wave of my hand
        Make the jealous understand it, just say damn
        When they see me ask a question, "How can it be?"
        When they watch me pull a serpent straight out of the sea
        Turn the winter into summer, then from hot to cold
        Expand my power on the hour, make you all behold
        From the slammer swing a hammer like the mighty Thor
        God of thunder, you'll go under, then you'll all applaud
        And fathom that distance, the mad must reap
        Meet Namor sea lord, Prince of the deep
        Here for you to fear at any cost
        Tellin you to get busy or you better get lost
        Livin' lives civilized from the lessons I tauhgt
        Cities buried underground just because I went off
        My friends, enemies, better be my friend
        Is queston people guessin' is this the end?

        End of the world, are you guessin' yes?
        Just say don't delay it, get it off your chest
        Houses of crack, I've seen too much
        I go ready, aim, fire, then I'll blow 'em up

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