A memorable performance of this song took place August 22, 1990 when Public Enemy played the Greek Theatre in... Hollywood. Big Daddy Kane and Ice Cube each joined the group on stage to do their verses. Chopmaster J, who was on the tour as a member of Digital Underground, said in his Songfacts interview
: "Maria Shriver, Arnold Schwarzenegger and all of the press and all of the cameras were there at the foot of the stage when Chuck came out: 'Burn Hollywood Burn, I smell a riot.' Oh my God! It was the most profound and most powerful thing that I have ever been involved with in hip-hop and have ever seen in hip-hop since."