Fan based scheme stalling

Rap giants Public Enemy are struggling to find investment in their new album with a the hip hop group facing a large shortfall.

Public Enemy are one of the most important groups in the history of hip hop. Emerging when the genre was essentially just disco music with rap on top, the band’s production team The Bomb Squad revolutionised how music was built.

Crafting an abrasive array of samples, the group’s early material sent a shockwave through the hip hop community. Tracks such as ‘Rebel Without A Pause’ were uncompromising and unrelenting slices of sonic noise.

Chuck D’s rapping matched a ferocious wit with a genuine political understanding. Helping to make hip hop more aware of its cultural surroundings, the band remain a potent force in the world of rap music.

Recently Public Enemy confirmed plans to allow fans to help fund their new album. The group have signed up to a scheme operated by Sellaband which allows “believers” to buy a share in the recording process.

As a result fans then get special privileges, including limited edition memorabilia and their name on the finished album. Bigger contributions can lead to executive producer credits and even a studio visit when the group record the album. Announced earlier this year Public Enemy received a massive influx of interest.

However soon after this the Sellaband scheme stalled, with Public Enemy raising only $70,000 of their $250,000 target. With some $180,000 still to go it seems that Public Enemy still have a long way to go before they can begin recording their new album.

For more information on the scheme click HERE.

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