Retro Rap: Public Enemy’s Terminator X To The Edge Of Panic


Public Enemy is my favorite rap group. I can’t say that they always have been but they are now. There were periods in my life where I preferred other groups like EPMD or 3rd Bass but as an adult with many years of music appreciation behind me I’ve come to the conclusion that P.E is probably the greatest of all the times.Yes I said times because I’m including all possible timelines and alternate hip hop universes in my statement. This includes Earths One and Two, The Marvel 616 Universe and that one weird Earth that DC had where the Nazis won the war and Uncle Sam and The Freedom Fighters battled them in a modern-day setting. I understand that this is just my opinion but I stand by it.

Public Enemy is made up of MC’s Chuck D and Flava Flav along with the group’s DJ, Terminator X. The trio hailed from Long Island New York and they dropped their first record in 1988. The song we’re going to focus on today is the fifth track on the album. It was never released as a single.

Back in the day for the most part DJ’s didn’t rap. Sure there were exceptions but usually they kept to the back and rocked the wheels of steel. That didn’t mean they didn’t deserve to get credit where it was due it just meant that they’d get someone else to do the bragging for them. This is the case with Terminator X To The Edge Of Panic. The whole song is about how awesome Terminator X is and dudes, he must be awesome to have two hall of fame MCs writing rhymes about his skills on the turntable.


What appeals most to me about the track is the samples from Queen’s classic song Flash’s Theme from The Flash Gordon Soundtrack. Man, I love that song and Public Enemy makes great use of the booming intro.

I was so into that movie and it’s soundtrack that when I first heard PE’s turn with it that I was gobsmacked. I still get gobsmacked almost every time that it comes up on one of my playlists. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do. Have a good week kids. See you next time.

Beware that there is some coarse language at the start of the video so if you have your kiddies around you might want to use some ear buds.


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2 thoughts on “Retro Rap: Public Enemy’s Terminator X To The Edge Of Panic

  1. Sara B. says:

    I’ve always loved that song. It’s got powerful energy. I thought I saw it used in a skate video once or something–I’m sure it has been. You are right. PE is the greatest. Pretty much everything else, no matter how good it is, is derivative.

  2. ya, to me it’s the music. I think that the production is so original that some of the songs sound futuristic even today. I was watching a sci-fi show set in the future on fox the other week and dudes went into a bar and they were pumping PE and it sounded totally appropriate. Like it had been recorded the week before not what would have been like 50 yrs earlier. The Bomb Squad were really on point with the beats…

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