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Public Enemy will host and perform at a special concert this Sunday (Jan. 15) in the Los Angeles Skid Row neighborhood to benefit the area’s impoverished residents, according to Billboard.

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The Operation: Skid Row street festival is an attempt to benefit the Los Angeles Community Action Network, an organization that aids the area’s homeless and provides low-income families with housing. The concert will also feature performances from the X-Clan and the Freestyle Fellowship.

Chuck D spoke on Skid Row and the importance of why the neighborhood shall be brought to hip-hop’s forefront:

Skid Row has been called ‘the dirty secret of L.A.’ for, like, forever. And so, I’m gonna be loud about it…[Outsiders] look at rap music and artists in Hip Hop as being as elitist as the power structures that keep them down. You’ve got organizations in your city that are trying to say and do the right thing — who are practically invisible — fighting for some media time. What other place do I have? My place in hip-hop is not to be a tycoon, making trillions with a yacht. That’s not my place. My place is maybe bringing people together and me being able to identify and illuminate a cause, and we’ll make it comfortable for them to be themselves but say what they’ve really been wanting to say all along, you know, with my protection.

In the midst of build up for the Martin Luther King, Jr. eve festival, the controversial group  announced two new LPs for this year. Most of My Heroes Still Don’t Appear on No Stamp, featuring production from long-time collaborator Gary G-Wiz, is slated to release in June and The Evil Empire of Everything in September.

Read more over at Billboard.

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