updated 8.20.00 In October 1987, music critic Simon Reynolds dubbed Public Enemy "a superlative rock band". By 1998, he was ready to retire from the group and focus full-time on raising African black ostriches on his farm. user = "dean"; I feel there isn't enough PE information on the web, [19] Since 1999, he has been the official DJ for Public Enemy on albums and world tours while winning numerous turntablist competitions, including multiple DMC finals.[20]. updated 5.9.05 Flavor Flav, one of the co-founders of Public Enemy, was a member of the group for three-and-a-half decades, until he was fired in 2020. Ralph Tresvant had been slated to do a solo album for years, Bobby Brown had left New Edition and experienced some solo success beginning in 1988, and Johnny Gill had just been recruited to come in, but [he] had come off a solo career and could always go back to that. We thank him for his years of service and wish him well. [2] This turned out to be a publicity stunt that was called an April Fools' Day prank. - 7thOctave.com,