Public Enemy’s Hank Shocklee scores new film ‘YE! A Jagun Story | HipHopDX

Public Enemy co-founder Hank Shocklee lends his production expertise to score the upcoming John Oluwole ADEkoje directed film YES! A Jagun story.

While the film is set to arrive next year, work on the soundtrack has already begun with the lead single “Sun Down” being released earlier this week thanks to a collaboration between Ninety and Teknimension.

In addition to scoring YE!, the Bomb Squad leader also curated the soundtrack with the help of emerging pan-African artists spanning the globe from the US to Nigeria and South Africa.

Watch ‘Sun Down’ below:

According to a press release, the film’s plot is described as “the origin story of Stellar (Egbuson-Akande), the future leader of the Ajumose, a hidden, celestial league of radiant women who use ancestral memory to reconstruct the colonized minds of black people throughout the diaspora.”

After Stellar’s family is brutally murdered by child soldiers, she hatches a plan to find the killer and get revenge.

YES! A Jagun story serves as the first of three parts of an independent African trilogy.

Watch the trailer for YES! below:

Elsewhere in the Public Enemy universe is Shocklee’s sidekick Chuck D sold part of his lucrative catalog in September.

The deal with Reach Music includes Chuck D’s full songwriting share of royalties and half of his “copyright interest” as publisher. Although he will still keep half of the interest in his publishing fees.

“Making this deal was the right time for a forward-looking and logical development of [their] business together in an ever-changing industry,” he said. “Reach has always been ahead of the curve in terms of establishing respect for the hip-hop genre, songwriting and publishing-wise, and they will continue to take care of my work.”

The deal spans more than 300 tracks with Chuck D and Public Enemy’s namesake from 1987 to 2012, including acclaimed PE albums It takes a nation of millions to hold us back and Fear of a black planet.

Public Enemy’s Chuck D makes a surprise appearance at the Anthrax Show in Brooklyn

In August, Chuck D made a surprise appearance during the Anthrax and Hatebreed show at Coney Island Amphitheater.

The two musical titans performed “Bring The Noise,” their collaboration from the 1991 Anthrax album Attack of the Killer B’s.

Anthrax singer Scott Ian asked the crowd if they could “bring the noise” and soon after Chuck D appeared out of nowhere and delivered his verses.

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