A Look Back at Confrontation Camp, 16 years later
It's been sixteen years since the release of Confrontation Camp's Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, which saw Chuck D return to the rap-rock fusion that he helped pioneer when Public Enemy teamed up with Anthrax on the 1991 version of "Bring the Noise."
Helmed by singer-songwriter Kyle Jason, Confrontation Camp also featured the talents of band Chain Gang, and of course, Public Enemy members Professor Griff, DJ Lord, and Chuck D, who is credited on the album as his Mistachuck alias. The band's sound was best described by Professor Griff, who told MTV before their debut that the band featured "alternative aggressive rock, soul, poetry kind of thing... [with] beats that's gonna stick to the ribs and knock the drunk out of the average college student."
Released at a time when rap-rock was achieving new heights of mainstream popularity, Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear gave Public Enemy the chance to once again show some love for the hybrid genre they helped popularize. Released through an independent label, the album also gave the band another opportunity to take on the commercialized, innovation stifling corporate hip hop industry that took over the radio.
By Michael Lacerna for publicenemy.com