'What You Gonna Do When the Grid Goes Down' will drop on Sept. 25.
Public Enemy will return to Def Jam Recordings after more than two decades with the upcoming album What You Gonna Do When the Grid Goes Down, due out on Sept. 25.
The reunion with their original label home was announced on Friday morning (Aug. 28), with leader Chuck D explaining, "Cultural Institutions are important. Being an integral part of one is an honor bestowed and to uphold. Public Enemy songs are forever sonic prints in the sands of time. And it’s time - it’s necessary - to bring the noise again from a place called home. Def Jam."
Legendary hype man and fellow P.E. icon Flavor Flav seconded D's emotion, adding, “Def Jam is like the house we grew up in. It’s cool to be home." The return was heralded by the release of the 2000 Remix of the group's iconic anthem "Fight The Power," which opened the 2020 BET Awards in June and features Nas, Rapsody, Black Thought, YG, Jahi and Questlove.