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Public Enemy Producer Studies Music At UMKC

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File photo of Public Enemy (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A producer of the rap group Public Enemy is studying music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City while awaiting his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Kerwin Young says he initially thought the group would at best become popular in its Long Island, N.Y., neighborhood. Instead, the openly militant, always angry group helped elevate and define nascent rap in the 1980s and 1990s.

Young and the members of the group will be recognized April 18 during their Hall of Fame induction.

Young started as an apprentice with Public Enemy when he was 17. By 1989, he was a more formal part of the group — part of production team known as the Bomb Squad. Now, he’s working on his master’s degree at the UMKC Conservatory.

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