Welcome to the Terrordome

Welcome to the Terrordome

Public Enemy

“Welcome to the Terrordome” is Chuck D’s response to the infamous Professor Griff controversy, and the media firestorm that followed.

Released as a single in January 1990, Chuck D called it “a black male correspondent’s view of how we looked at 1989” in Spin Magazine, two months later.

Chuck D on the track:

“There was so much drama in September and October of that year for me that I took my Bronco and one Friday night I drove to Allentown, Pennsylvania. I wrote that jam driving out to Allentown, stayed out there, and then drove back the next morning and finished writing "Welcome to the Terrordome.‘ I came back and we cut it in Greene Street. I just let all the drama come out of me. "I got so much trouble on my mind, I refuse to lose. Here’s your ticket, here the drummer get wicked.’ That was some true stuff. I just dropped everything I was feeling.

“Welcome to the Terrordome,‘ what does it mean? It means the 1990’s are coming, if we as a people do the right thing we’ll be all right, if we do the wrong thing the black situation is out of here at the end of the decade. The terrordome is the 1990’s. I got it from this article called "Welcome to the Terrordrome’ that was in Melody Maker magazine. I just changed it to Terrordome, the house of the 90’s.”