Legendary hip-hop group Public Enemy plan on releasing a new album, but they aren't doing it alone. The Flavor Flav backed group is asking they loyal fans to help fund the recording process. According to multiple sources including British music magazine NME, the Long-Island-bred crew signed a deal with SellaBand (a self-described "fan funding engine") based in Amsterdam.
With the new partnership, Public Enemy is asking its listeners and fans to invest in the album in increments of $25 at a time. Depending on how much they donate, fans can receive a limited edition T-Shirt, exclusive producer credits on thea lbum or even visitation rights as the group records in the studio. The whole situation looks like it's actually working. Since they started last month, the group has already raised over $50,000 of their $250,000 goal.
In related news, Public Enemy recently performed at the 2009 Hip Hop Honors put on by VH1. Watch the performances from Eminem with Jazzy Jeff and The Roots, Ja Rule with Ashanti, Method Man along with Redman and Mary J Blige, DMX doing his solo thing, and a final live show including Kid Rock, EPMD, Fabolous, Foxy Brown, Ghostface Killah and Wale. [2009 VH1 Hip Hop Honors – Live Performances – Watch Them All Here]
2009 VH1 Hip Hop Honors Performances
Eminem, DJ Jazzy Jeff, The Roots – Hip Hop Honors Performance (Full)
Ja Rule, Ashanti – Hip Hop Honors Performance
Method Man, Redman, Mary J Blige – Hip Hop Honors Performance
DMX – Hip Hop Honors Performance
Kid Rock, EPMD, Fabolous, Foxy Brown, Ghostface, Wale – Hip Hop Honors Performance