US rap group’s Public Enemy’s production arm, made up of cornerstones Chuck D. , Eric ‘Vietnam’ Sadler, Hank Shocklee, and Keith Shocklee. As well as spearheading Public Enemy’s dense, embittered records, they were soon in demand for work on all manner of projects. Arguably the most successful was Ice Cube’s 1990 masterwork, Amerikkka’s Most Wanted, but other clients included Ali Dee, Doug E. Fresh, Run-DMC, Leaders Of The New School, Son Of Bazerk, and many more. They also introduced outsiders to their technique by allowing younger producers such as Gary G-Wiz to work alongside them. In 1990 Hank Shocklee launched the SOUL (Sound Of Urban Listeners) label with former Def Jam Records Promotion Vice President Bill Stephney. The first signings were Young Black Teenagers. By the advent of Public Enemy’s fifth album proper, Muse Sick-N-Hour Mess Age, in 1994, the Bomb Squad had been enlarged to include the aforementioned G-Wiz, Kerwin ‘Sleek’ Young (who played a large role in shaping Professor Griff’s solo debut Pawns In The Game), EZ Moe Bee, and Larry ‘Panic’ Watford. As Public Enemy’s influence waned during the decade, so their production arm gradually disintegrated with the Shocklees and Sadler going on to work on their own projects.
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