I’ve listened to this recently as part of a resurgence in interest of classic rap. This is a quality album. Each song flows with the aggression and urgency against the system that it’s lyrics highlight.
Before Nirvana exploded in 91 and what came in their wake pretty much took over my musical world, I was more into hip hop -mostly via music videos. Public Enemy really stuck out to me then and was perhaps my favorite group from this era. I am much more partial to their politically centered music than the gangster rap that came to dominate the genre shortly thereafter. Their previous album "It takes a nation of millions..." usually gets the highest praise as it was their breakthrough (and I love it too) but I think this is their best album and easily one of the best hip hop albums of all time. I love chuck ds voice and his contrast with flavor flav is wild but I think it really works to temper the tone of the album so that it isn't overbearing. This album is relentless in so many ways, from the sheer power of chuck ds voice, to the weight of his message, to the dense layering of the music, to the pacing and BPMs... I feel like this one flows nearly perfectly as an album, interludes and all.
Ho-ly. SHIT. This album is aggressive and angry as fuck. It still resonates today especially with 2020's BLM movements. Production is tight and reminds me of early NIN, a shed load of samples and turntablism (from the sound of it) expertly crafted. This album is powerful. 10/10
“Hey fellas, I’d like to get a band together. I want the drums to Sound like I am banging someoen‘a head against the curb until they die while I talk about 400 years of oppression to my people. While I am doing this I want a skinny guy with gold teeth and a giant clock around his neck to encourage me. I would like to add heavy metal guitar over much of the music and if we play live I’d like to have military grade weapons in most of our hands Sound like a plan?” - chuck D
As relevant today as when it came out. The anger is righteous and palpable. 911 is a joke - echoes to the present day. A listenable, danceable, seminal album.
Chuck D delivers as always. Flava Flav is at the top of his game. Every track is a heater. It's rowdy, rude, and in your face. It's also one of the most culturally influential albums of all time. This one is an all-timer. Best track: Fight the Power
I knew of Public Enemy but never knew who they were or what they were about. Political rap and media commentary samples contextualize this nicely.
Kind of reminds me of Sting, Kind of reminds me of Mumford and sons. Will have to listen again to pick my favorite track.
Powerful album with tons of cultural significance. Lyrically strong and deep with a lot of innovative sampling of sound bites interspersed throughout. My only criticism is that the songs seem to run together musically, but Public Enemy was always more about the lyrics than the music.
As ever, there's nary a milisecond of respite, but the relentlessness comes from a life-giving and life-affiriming variety rather than single-speed tempo. There are skits, sound effects, smooth moments, funny as fuck moments, soulful songs, rebel-rousing songs. But it's non-stop because they aren't neatly parcelled like that. From the first beat you never know when you'll be thrown in a different direction. Sometimes the skits stands alone, sometimes a breakbeat interrupts a skit, sometimes the song interrupts a sample, somtimes a sample becomes a song. The permutations are endless. And for all Chuck's verbal artillery and bombastic oratory, nothing assays the necessary resourcefulness of militancy as that. Use every last scrap of what you can lay your hands on to fight your cause. It's an ethos that imbues everything from the explosive found-art approach of the production to Flava Flav's diatribes. It's a constant and unpredictable clash of ideas. In a word, dialectics. Hence why the simpletons phoning in on Incidient At 66.6 FM can only respond to PE's multifarious ideas by reducing them to "They're bad because they have guns on stage". But even that track subverts expctations, giving the ignormai a coolly propellent and pleasant bedding track whose levity not only ridicules the callers but shows how casually acceptable it is to air such views. Something similar goes down on Pollwannacraka, where Chuck fully embraces the preacher quality of his voice. Likewise, the "black man, white women, black baby..." sample that starts at 00:53 of the title track and doubles down on creepiness because the speaker is so convinced of their rightness. Finally, shouts to when Chuck fluffs his line "Ain't how that God planned it" on the title track. It makes the music sound more than ever like a demonstration, where even the more powerful orator can trip over their words.
Anger channeled, proof positive that this vital emotion leads to vital art when honed to a bleeding edge. It struck me how prescient it seems, then struck me again how it only seems prescient because it sees its present so clearly, and because so little has changed.
Public Enemy does not sound dated at all - so many (too many) of the lyrics and topics are 100% as relevant today (30+ years later holy hell). Yet what makes this album (and PE's other early (pre~1994) albums) especially fantastic isn't just the lyrics/topics but the kickass music - judicious samples and hard beats; if the music isn't any good, the message isn't going to be heard - and the music is great. Chuck D was never better than on this collection - "Welcome to the Terrordome" and of course the huge hit "Fight the Power" are standouts. "Burn Hollywood Burn" might be the best of them all - the beat is intense and high-paced, and guest verses from Big Daddy Kane and Ice Cube make this catchy as hell. I'm unlikely to ever give a perfect score for a PE album because of Flavor Flav's songs (I like him well enough as a sidekick but as a sidekick alone) - him taking lead on a song mostly kills the vibe for me but on this album he is thankfully more limited and he hits a little differently - "911 Is a Joke" had a huge impact and actually had something to say. Fear Of A Black Planet also works so well because it is truly a complete *album* rather than a smattering of tracks here and there - in some ways (it's a reach, I'll admit) it's not unlike The Who's Sell Out in terms of there being "connecting tracks" ("Incident at 66.6FM" "Reggie Jax" "Leave This Off Your Fn Charts") that work as a path from one "proper" song to the next. In other words - you lose a ton if you listen to some of these songs on a mix... listen to this from tip to tail for the full effect. And admittedly even though it is a dense album you do have to listen to it as a complete collection and worth any effort - it also gets better upon multiple spins. If it's not the best hip-hop album ever made it has to be in the conversation.... 9/10 5 stars.
YESSSSS I've been waiting for some true hip hop classics, this is a great place to start. Public Enemy is such an enigmatic duo to me. I grew up knowing Flava Flav from reality TV, but here he's the hype man for Chuck D, one of the most politically motivated rappers ever. This album is a bold political proclamation from front to back, but it's also extremely listenable and danceable. You can hear how easily these beats would turn a club up in the '90s. The sampling is really impressive, so many samples on here that appear throughout hip hop history. To name two, I heard a sample that appeared on Illmatic in '94, and a sample that appeared on Tribe's album from 2016. I also loved that Ice Cube was featured on a track, and it made me realize how similar Chuck D and Ice Cube's rap styles are. Cube is definitely indebted to Chuck D. This is a fantastic album. Favorite tracks: Fight the Power, Welcome to the Terrordome, Burn Hollywood Burn, Brothers Gonna Work It Out. Album art: This is a great one. I don't think it's as iconic as their prior album, but I like this one better honestly. Public Enemy's crosshair logo is incorporated into the black planet, the title is presented in Star Wars scroll-text fashion. Excellent colors, and I love the chyron across the bottom. 4.5/5
Chuck D and Flava Flav are wholly underrated in the pantheon of Hip Hop. The true voice of late 80s brooklyn, So New York that Spike Lee had them be characters in "Do the Right Thing". This is the anger boiling beneath the surface. Anger at the police for fixing broken windows and not broken streets. Anger at Hollywood. It's been 30 years, do we still fear a black planet? I don't know. Butt regardless, we should fight the power
A great album for Black History Month. This is the genesis of truly radical hip hop that would go on to influence all the best hip hop records to date. Terminator X provides the hard-hitting production that keeps the music memorable, Chuck D's presence is unmatched, and Flav is...there. Not a perfect album, but still a one worth listening to for it's history alone.
I got two Public Enemy albums in a week. “Nation of Millions” earned my respect and this is even better.
I do really like Public Enemy. The lyrical flow, the emotion, the message, the delivery - all excellent. However, I'm not a always a fan of the constant repetition of short samples that backs the majority of the tracks. Sometimes it works great, other times it can become a bit monotonous. The whole album also feels a bit long. Regardless, this is a classic from the golden era of hip hop and, due to tighter restrictions on the use of samples, records in this style will probably stay resigned to the past. (3.7)
definitely influencing the genre.
Huge credit for cultural, social, and political relevance. Also a gateway and a huge jump in production and quality between 80s and 90s hip hop. The whole thing runs a bit long but the message and concistency holds up. Chuck's delivery is also one of the best. Terrordome is probably the best track even if 911 and fight the power are more popular and relevant.
The definition of a mixed bag. I do not like Flavor Flav's schtick, I feel it totally waters the entire politically charged messages which I think are pretty good, I like Chuck D's delivery. From reading about Public Enemy it seems like Flavor Fav is sort of a hype-man for the group so I get it, it probably made sense and made them more popular, but in terms of the general "art" his inclusion drags it down. Welcome to the Terrordome, Brothers Gonna Work It Out, Contract On The World Love Jam - Instrumental, and obviously Fight the Power are the standout tracks.
Public Enemy come out with a record that emphasised the mood of the time: anger. As many felt their world was under fire (and indeed it truly was for othres), Public Enemy guides you through the emotional rollercoaster in this time. Strong themes of social justice exploring racial injustice, stereotyping, and feminism; this is a record that truly speaks it's mind.
The social commentary is the real star of this album. Public Enemy muses on the plight of black Americans like: feeling less than marginalized (911 Is A Joke), mistreatment of women (Revolutionary Generation ), and being stigmatized (Who Stole The Soul). There are also several songs with positive messages like: black men should help each other out (Brothers Gonna Work It Out), interracial relationships are acceptable (Pollywanacraka), and black pride (Fight The Power). Musically however, there isn’t much to point to on this album. The vocalists are not great. I get that it’s hip hop, but their voices are not good even with the style being more spoken word than singing. The music screams early 90s, and that’s not a compliment here. The sound is dated. There aren’t any terribly interesting hooks, samples, nor beats. This rating is based solely on the apt social exposition. I remember that Public Enemy pissed off a bunch of the white establishment. Of course the white establishment twisted the focus onto the “vulgarity” of the music by doing some of the very things Public Enemy was protesting against on this album. Unfortunately, too much of the message is still relevant today.
Encore un album de hip-hop au bout duquel on a le sentiment d'avoir écouté la même chose pendant plus d'une heure (les albums de ce genre musical durent en moyenne une heure quarante-cinq). J'ai envoyé une carte postale à Robert pour avoir davantage d'explications, sa réponse devrait arriver dans une poignée de jours ouvrables, je vous tiendrai informé.
Incredible album, innovative instrumentals, great pen game. Chuck D is an all time great
I enjoyed. Hip hop / sampled beats
YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO THIS SHIT GOOD ASF
Some wicked beats with important social messages
Strong hip hop from start to finish.
My first time getting into a Public Enemy album. It’s good shit, hip hop that came before my time.
Amazing album. Their best.
Oh rap. Flava flav.
Loved the production and beats on this album.
Solid album, obvi Faves were Can't do nuttin for ya, man and war at 33 1/3
Shifts and mutates like it’s working stream-of-consciousness
Sick beats, sick lyrics. I loved this album and I thought that the commentary was scathing and also still poignant. My favorite tracks were 911 Is a Joke, Fight the Power, and Power to the People, but I liked all the songs (instrumentals included).
Iconic! And still just as relevant today as it was back then.
Great album -- great music that really pulls me in, and the lyrics are always worth a listen. Right album by the right group at the right time.
Public Enemy is the greatest rap group of all time. This isn’t their best record, but it’s close
Badass, can we get hip-hop like this again?
An absolute game changer. PE dropped a classic with this one. "Burn Hollywood Burn" is a favorite of mine, but a lot of these songs are trailblazers.
The first thing that hits you in the face is that these beats are peak early hiphop. They are just so damn tasty. Then you start listening to the lyrics and are forced to confront the depth of the social commentary on display here. Chuck D and Flavor Flav are on the very top of their significant game with this album. It's intense. It's rowdy. It's aware. It's brash. It's fun. But it's also surprisingly balanced in the way that it approaches racial issues while staying angry that there are still issues. I get that, Public Enemy. I feel that anger and hope still, 32 years later.
Easily the best of the three Public Enemy albums we’ve had so far. Just fantastic scratching - some of the best use of sampling I’ve ever heard. Politically active lyrics and minimal yeaaaaaa boiiiiiiiiii’s (thank god) Fave tracks: “Welcome To The Terrordome” “Burn Hollywood Burn” “911 is a Joke”
Just as relevant now as it was when released 31 years ago. Sooooo good.
Ferocious and powerful album. I remember being amazed by it at the time it came out and am still amazed by it now. Lyrically it is peak Public Enemy and the beats behind the raps take on a new level. In comparison, It Takes a Nation of Millions sound stripped back. It is an uncomfortable listen at times and the length of the album made it an impossible task to listen to in one sitting. Worth it for the amount of top tracks on here, 911 Is A Joke, Welcome To The Terrordome, Burn Hollywood Burn and Fight The Power all as relevant as the day they got released
Great, great album Not familiar, again, to the genre, but very approachable "Welcome to the Terrordrome" is quite memorable Great use of sampling
Of a time and also very relevant today. Public Enemy sounds focused in their messaging with great delivery over excellent sampling.
Eu descobri q na real eu gosto bastante de hip hop 5/5
this was really great! i liked the production more than the other public enemy record we listened to
Great album. I liked this one more than the prior good blend of rap hip hop and other instrumentation
Classic slice of hip hop! Political stuff that resonates today.
wasn't expecting all the instrumental/light lyrical content, classic tenant in hip hop, fight the power indeed
I've seen Public Enemy and always thought of them as slightly preachy. This album makes me think less "preachy", more "passionate". At certain points, the songs can run kind of long, but the instrumentals are fucking awesome and the energy truly never dies. Favorite tracks: "Fear of a Black Planet", "Burn Hollywood Burn", "911 Is a Joke"
Fedt album men kunne godt være lidt kortere
Enjoyable rap album! I am not a very avid rap listener (although I am a huge fan of Kendrick Lamar and Eminem), but I found the suggested album to be a very nice surprise.
It’s no nation of millions
BRING THE NOISE
Better than expected
Fight the power!
fittyleven samples coheres into one funk groove
Favourite so far of albums. Can see why this is important album, was relatable then and still relatable. Fav song - burn Hollywood burn - completely correct about black film roles
I wanted to give this five stars. This was an iconic album of my youth. Probably the most anticipated one. But you can’t separate the people from the music. The homophobic and anti-Semitic lyrics and comments by Griff… I can’t see past them. The fact that this still gets 4 stars is a testament to how bloody good this album actually is.
Solid album, still relevant, still sounds fresh.
I like Chuck D. This album is varied, strongly written, and is a blast to play loud. Flavor gets on my nerves a bit, but he lets it loose in the right places.
Classic west coast hip hop, better lyricism than I expected
Commanding, authoritative, and sadly every bit as relevant today as it was when it was released. Fave track - I really like "Can't Do Nuttin' for Ya Man" but it feels slightly wrong to pick the goofiest track on the album, so I'll go with "Burn Hollywood Burn" instead!
I've never been that much into hip-hop, but this late 80's/early 90's tracks by Public Enemy do bring some nice memories back. Love the production, all the layered samples and the flow on top of it. Those were nice times to innovate with this approach.
Less Flava Flav is a big plus, liked this one much better than "it takes a nation of millions".
Este disco me recuerda el bombazo que fue la película "Do the right thing". Hipo-Hop que se hizo popular en los 90 y saltó a primer plano mundial. "Brothers gonna work it out", "911 is a joke", "Welcome to the Terrordome" y por supuesto "Fight the power".
All time classic. This was a formative album of my childhood, when I thought I was the most woke revolutionary kid in my southwestern Ontario farming community.
Fight the power
On my Hip Hop education tour last year, I listened to this and their older album in full. While I liked their earlier album more, this one isn’t bad. You can see the influence these guys had on so much hip hop going forward not just stylistically and lyrically, but in samples as well. I heard “Dis Generation” on Revolutionary Generation which was sampled on the most recent Tribe album. My favorite song on the album is Fight the Power probably because that’s in the opening of Do the Right Thing. I hope their first album comes on this list as well but I’m glad this one did too. There are also some great interludes about people calling into the radio and complaining about Public Enemy and other types of bigotry that sadly still ring true today. They are saying so much with just their album cover alone, and the title. People who just want to be treated equally are often looked at as a “public” enemy and showing this black planet with someone in the cross hairs merging with earth really does invoke that fear of a “takeover” that so many are still unfoundedly afraid of today.
This will be interesting b/c rap isn't really my thing. Great listen. Love the flow.
Excellent - poignant lyrics and great tunes.
I like it a little less than I used to -- over the course of the runtime it just wears me out a little bit. Feels like there's not quite enough variety in the production to sustain a full hour of this. Without that fatigue it's good though. I actually really like 911 is a Joke, goofy as it is, cause it stands out compared to a lot of the other music. It's a 3.5 that's hard to round off either direction, but I like Chuck D enough to push it to a 4 I guess.
Whoa! Loving this. I honestly don’t know much about Public Enemy - but Chuck D spits fire; and I also have more respect from Flava Flav.
The album that ushered in the new hip-hop tracks of the 90's! This was a snippet of the evolution of hip-hop music during this time. This album features a collage of samples, scratches, high-tempo beats, and lyrical genius within their rhymes. Public Enemy's most famous album was a joy to listen to.
Good album, long to listen to all at once
The background opening puts the song at 4- right at the start. Kudos for the lyrics being unproblematic and while keeping flow and still talking about issues. Pollywanacraka is Lyrical hilarity, same for can't do nuttin for you man. The mixes are new to me, love this. Fight the Power. 4/5
Really solid, personally find it to be a lot more upbeat and energetic than n.w.a and contemporaries, the beats are more creative and social issues are also better explored in this album
Fantastic Hip-Hop / Rap album. Strong lyrically and musically. As relevant today as it was back in 1990.
Fantastic sampling and classic 90s rapping. Plus that cover just rules.
Really good listen. I find it more accessible than Millions, but with no song as immediately bracing as Don't Forget the Hype. I don't know how to judge good hip hop vs.not so good. UT I know what I like and I like this album 4 stars
Das oldschool baby, waarbij den dj nog belangrijk was. Ik vind het niet het beste beste dat ik ooit gehoord heb maar je hoort wel dat modernere hiphop hiervan veel heeft genomen
Deze vond ik leuk, de naam kwam me bekend voor maar wat een leuke old school vibe
Not sure how I never got around to appreciating this the way I did their first two albums. The production crackles, Chuck D is forceful, and Flav is used just enough. 4.5.
I liked it a lot. I liked the messaging
Classic jams! ...I didn't listen all the way through though.
I liked it. Bunch of good stuff in thete
Relentless, crushing beats and noise, and wave after wave of sounds and noise and drones. Dizzying panning and cutups, sonic bombardment, a cavalcade of voices and slogans
A great album with a lot of well known songs. The message still rings strong today.
This was immensely enjoyable.
that was a fun album, I’ll give it an 8/10.
Rich and varied, enlightening, and angry and suspicious. Required listening.
Generic 80's rap
man, I can do none for you man
Classic. Very distracting music lol
30-years after it's release, and in the context of a George Floyd world, the album had more punch to me than it might have. A solid album. Really enjoyed listening to it, and really paying attention to the lyrics. Added.
True 90s hiphop
I know I said rap from this era was all the same, but Public Enemy was doing it different. 4.5/5
not even 75 albums in and i already got all public enemy albums lol
911’s a Joke and Fight the Power are anthemic and I found myself bopping to a lot of this album.
Hip hop is not my thing, but I’ve heard about Public Enemy in the past. Never listened anything from them before… After the first round, must confess that this album is all killer no filler! Excellent content, clean delivery, enjoyable, engaging… a big surprise! Adding some classic rap to my music mix, for sure
Really good. Flav has more songs than I realized and they’re better than I expected
Classic hip hop album.
This was a great listen. Full of energy: poetic, politically-charged lyrics, bouncing bass-dominated rhythms, a cacophony of percussion, noodling electric guitar: it sounds like it was recorded in a party house in Brooklyn back in the day.
Alger andstæða við Aphex Twin að því leyti að hér hef ég þroskast og finnst þetta oftar en ekki ansi skemmtilegt, ólíkt því sem mér fannst í gamla daga. Mjög hress cacophónía á köflum og beitt. En er ekki titiltextinn á umslaginu ósymmetrískur?
Fan ta den vita mannen FR
It took me a while after this was released, but it is a stone cold classic. Powerful and angry.
As always I feel ill equipped to critique hip hop, but I was really struck by the diversity in this album, unified by humor, wit, and anger.
A really good album. There's definitely a lot to like here. Chuck D is great as to be expected. Flavor Flav has his finest moment in "9-1-1 is a Joke" and Terminator X supplies some great beats. However, there are some hiccups. Pollywanacracker has some weird vocal fry stuff that just grates on me. I can't stand it. I feel like the album loses some steam starting with "Can't Do Nuttin For Ya Man" they're not bad songs but the real greatness doesn't come back for me until the closer, the classic "Fight The Power" Overall it's a really good album, it's just not quite as good as "It Takes A Nation..." Still very much worth listening to.
A am familiar with some Public enemy songs but had never listened to an album in full. It's pretty full on. A lot of anger at the world. Is the planet any better now than what it was for Public Enemy back then? I'd say not. It's a good album.
‘Fear Of A Black Planet’ is relentless. It’s harder, angrier, more intimidating, and full of even more samples twisted beyond recognition than on ‘It Takes A Nation of Millions…’. It starts and finishes phenomenally well, but the middle sags as the record almost buckles under the weight of its political message and the dense and brutal nature of its beats. It’s still a great album, and you can’t question its legacy or influence, it’s just exhausting to listen to all the way through.
Za pierwszym razem było ciężko, ale drugim razem jak odpaliłem to mi się słuchało całkiem nieźle, bity bardzo przyjemnie "funky" i wesołe
Public Enemy was that tiny bit too old by the time I started listening to music that wasn't in the top 40 (metal, rap, punk etc). Even though it was only about 1992-93, Public Enemy was already a thing of the past. I knew who they were, but no one was listening to them. It was all about much more "gangsta" shit by that point, or Cypress Hill - thinking about it, there was an almost instant shift away from PE's style. Not sure what the catalyst was, would be interesting to know. But out with the socially-conscious lyric stuff, in with the street life and weed themes. That may also just have been a regional Australia thing and limited to my own experience, can't say for sure. But it's weird to realise that PE were releasing albums that sounded this good right up to the changing of the guard. It's not like they were washed up or anything and needed to pass the torch. In any case, I do really like this style. The sampling and drum beats etc float my boat much more than the later "bassline + drum machine" formula that became the norm. And Chuck D's voice is genuinely cool. I'd listen to him read the phone book. This is an easy 4/5 - I'd give it a full 5 but it's over an hour and some of it (eg. "Pollywannacraka") was filler.
This album was sick, had me dancing around the grocery store. Awesome beats, unique sampling, great rap. I’m so glad I got this album today, I’d never heard of this group and feel like I’ve discovered a secret gem. This is a very strong 4/5 and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Amazing social commentary, powerful and compelling lyrics.
Solid rap from the era. Feels like a 3.5 to me, but rounding up because of the direct confrontation of white supremacy and leaning into the way media of the time talked about and tried to belittle issues they brought up
I always sort of dismissed Public Enemy because Flavor Flav came across as such a clown. This album is pretty good throughout, and I’m disappointed I’ve missed out. Good rap rockin beats - will listen to again. 4.5 stars and rounding down for the clock-pendants and matching Elton john glasses.
Took me ages to find the explicit filter settings to give this a proper listen.
A timeless album really. It's just so urgent and chaotic and really does feel exciting and dangerous even over 30 years later Also the guy talking about men in cages on Incident at 66.6FM sounds like Ben Shapiro
This is a solid old-school rap album, great flow, great beats, the "skits" are all pretty funny and there aren't too many of them. Very focused on racial themes among different systems like hollywood, policing, government, and society as a whole. Great album, it's a long one at 20 tracks, but didn't feel like it. Chuck D has excellent delivery and lyrics. Flava Flav is up and down, luckily he's not as prevalent on the album. Can't do nuttin for ya, man! was probably the lowest point of the album, but there was a lot to like in here. So much of the message is still relevant 30 years later; which is depressing to think about.
Not much of a rap or hip hop guy but I thought it was pretty cool !!
Another giant project, another great Public Enemy performance. There really is no one that sounds like this band. The recordings here sound like they're getting played out of a dumpster: I dig it.
Classic rap. Fight the Power is powerful and amazing. It does get a little monotonous in sound and message but a classic none the less. 4.5 🌟
Solid. Has all the musings of a good early 90s rap album. Found myself bobbing my head to the beats.
It's one of my favorite hip hop albums. I have a black and white t-shirt of this album cover. The songs are weirdly jamm-y and have big instrumental gaps, and yet also have a smattering of lyrics about slavery and race issues on top of music that is fun and energetic. It's a crazy sound.
Raw, political, aggressive and loud. Very loud. There's so much going in the music - so many layers of samples - that it can be hard to focus on anything sometimes. But when it works, the energy is unlike anything else. I also think the songs are better the louder you play them. This was designed to be played at maximum volume. Chuck D's flow hits really hard and doesn't sound as dated as a lot of other hip-hop from this era. "Welcome to the Terrordome" stood out to me as a good example of his rapping. Other highlights: “911 is a Joke,” “Burn Hollywood Burn,” “Power to the People,” “Fear of a Black Planet,” the beat on “Reggie Jax,” “Fight the Power”
I may have said this in a previous review but whenever I listen to '90s hip-hop I like it a lot more than I expect to. Definitely want to check out some more of the genre
Among the religious traditions of India, Asia, and Africa, certain deities are sometimes invoked for the purpose of destruction. They are portrayed in iconography as real bad asses, physically imposing, fiercely armed. But their purposes are not considered evil. Rather, the destruction they practice is actually designed for the elimination of things that are an impediment to one’s ability to be fully self-realized- the destroying of unhealthy behaviors and attitudes, everything from a bad cigarette addiction to a bad temper. Public Enemy is a band of destruction, with their sights on unjust systems and a biased status quo that present major obstacles to the realization of a more fully developed human consciousness. So, yeah, they’re unapologetically aggressive, and not especially interested in necessarily being your friend. (That said, P.E. should be commended for its consistent respect of black women, and criticism of the misogyny that exists among the male members of the black community.) Given all this, is it any surprise that the general lyrical content of 'Fear Of A Black Planet' is received fearfully among whites? ‘Elvis was a hero to most but he never meant shit to me, you see, straight up racist that sucker was, simple and plain. Motherfuck him and John Wayne.’ Whoa, who shines whiter among whites than Elvis Presley and John Motherfuckin’ Wayne? Follow up lyric: ‘I’m Black and I’m proud. I’m ready and hyped plus I’m amped. Most of my heroes don’t appear on no stamps. Sample a look back you look and find nothing but rednecks or 400 years if you check.’ – ‘Fight the Power.’ Invoking destructive powers, though, can be dangerous business because of the risk of throwing the baby out with the bathwater, as in P.E.’s unfortunate running feud with Jews witnessed on ‘Welcome to the Terrordome.’ But this LP is so aggressive, so offensive (I mean that in the sense of advancing, not insulting) that there’s bound to be some ricocheted verbal ammunition. And Chuck D is the voice for these lyrics with his commanding and passionate baritone, ringing out like a hammer on anvil, hard and loud and proud. Along with Terminator X’s infectious scratching, and the Bomb Squad’s always lively producing, 'Fear Of A Black Planet' comes, literally, with lots of bells and whistles… and sirens and gunshots. It’s fast paced and busy, instrumentally and verbally, with multi-layers of samples. This’ll raise your blood pressure, whatever race. I say all this as a long-time fan of P.E, and this LP being one of my two favorites from their body of work. Sure, they come with conditions, and some I don’t particularly espouse myself of a troublesome theological and ethical nature. The listener will do well, though, to acknowledge that while both John Wayne and especially Elvis are deified among many American whites, they too come with their own moral shortcomings. This lyric from ‘Pollywanacraka’ is important to consider in an overall assessment of P.E.’s position: ‘The devil splits us in pairs and taught us white is good and black is bad, and black and white is still too bad.’ Remember to whom Chuck D is claiming ultimate allegiance- God, and not the devil. And as such, he’s promoting tolerance among both whites and blacks when it comes to interracial relationships. Thus, an interesting question posed to frightened whites on the title track, putting the ball in their court: ‘What’s wrong with some color in your family tree?’ ‘Now we are ready if you are ready,’ Chuck D challenges the African American community on the first song following the intro. ‘Brother’s gonna work it out.’ Sadly, over thirty years later, there is still much left targeted but untouched for demolition.
Accidentally started listening on shuffle 💀💀💀 Sound effects are sometimes a bit weird and date the sound of the music, like one of those shitty radio DJs Quite a few instrumentals, not a fan 😬 Some of the songs are a bit too long MESSY Faves - Who Stole The Soul?, Welcome to the Terrordome, Fear of a Black Planet, Revolutionary Generation No songs saved or added to playlists Overall - not bad or unlistenable! Just v messy and a bit dated, not really for me Would I check out their other music - probably not
Those lyrics were deep. The sounds were chaotic at times. 2.5
Was fine, maybe overhyped although maybe I’m listening to it in the wrong setting (on my own instead of at a party or something ). There’s something about the beats that drown out the vocals in songs that lower my ability to hear what the rappers are saying, not to mention being nit picky about some lines. Liked the 911 song, but even the best tracks weren’t that memorable for me.
Their best album, fight the power is still anthemic
90’er hiphop, sampling, oprørsk, fight the power, “sort tv-station”
Prima maar beetje heftig
Old school hip hop. Probably quite fresh in 1990, and some cool tracks, but not my favorite rap era.
Ok album not my thing but good lyrics. Songs got old quick
Not mu favorite hip hop album but definitely influential.
Wow! Fun samples. Serious lyrics.
An inoffensive rap album. Was ok.
as much as I enjoyed some of these songs some of them were just too repetitive and long I got bored halfway through. shame. I like the style of songs like “Incident At 66.6 FM”
It was okay, though I’m not a huge fan of 90’s hip-hop.
Heavily focused on race. Rightfully so though. It's good.
Old school und lyricslaschtig. Isch haut semi enjoyable, weme nid aues versteit.
I liked it. Angry, militant. Above average early 90s rap.... that being said it's too long. And there is the whole anti-Semitic/homophobic angle that I didn't pick up on until Ed pointed it out... which is shocking considering the acclaim. First four tracks are great. Burn Hollywood Burn is fun. I'll give it a three.
Je comprend le concept et ca place dans l’histoire du rap, mais je ne l’ecoute peut etre pas dans les bonne circonstances. Malgre cela 3.5 car ca represente bien son epoque
Rap, no es para mí
Just a bit too many parts of random talking... sandwiched between two classics. Still a worthwhile listen.
Rap en estado puro. Para amantes de dicho género. Ritmo y letras.
It got a funky beat but is pretty political. 0RS
Important Hip Hop, the production sounds slightly dated, unfortunately some of the issues discussed aren't. Some good tunes are sprinkled throughout. BT: 911 Is A Joke, Welcome to the Terrordome, Fight The Power
Conceptually this is great, but the old school hip hop with its scratches sounds really dated and is difficult to listen to.
The aggressive and energetic beats and instrumentation were solid. DJ Lord's cuts were phenomenal throughout. I appreciated the subtle sci-fi samples strewn across the project; Star Wars themed cover is cute lol. ‘War At 33 1/3’ featured a more contemporary flow, so that was nice to see. Also, that Ice Cube feature was 🤤🤤 // Favs: Contract On The World Love Jam / Anti-Ni**er Machine / Burn Hollywood Burn / Leave This Off Your Fu*Kin Charts / War At 33 1/3
It wasn't bad at all, but, as with pretty much every album with that many songs, it kinda goes down after the first half. However, it's a solid record IMO.
Starts off with high energy and total chaos, was worried a bit too much energy! Then some quite good tracks, serious messages brought in a playful way. Then chaos again, sometimes ok, sometimes giving a headache.
Okay okay. Full dicksclosure, I listened to MOST of this but as we’re now off for the weekend I’m gonna post a review now. This didn’t grab me as much as I hoped. I was greatly enjoying the lyricisms and the ideas behind the songs but the music didn’t get me jinking and janking in the way I NEEDED as I prepared my eggs. Rap and hip hop is inherently quite repetitive and I guess I just needed something more dynamic at this time of the morning. Hey, I’ll come back to it at some point.
i thought it was a little all the same, and the songs were unnecessarily long when they shouldn’t be, but it was a good album overall and i do really like it
Czas na kontrowersyjny album dosc kontrowersyjnych czarnuchow, jak mowi jeden z kawalkow, burn hollywood burn, trzeci w dyskografii zespolu, a czemu kontrowersyjny i dosc a nie bardzo, bo jednak jest to album ktory sprzedal sie dobrze i jakos znalazl sie na tej liscie, wiec porusza jak na lata 90 kontrowersyjne tematy czarnej spolecznosci, rownouprawnienie, seksizm w kulturze hip hopu, czy chocby mieszanki rasowe, czy nieudolnosc wladz i sluzb, 911 is a joke, dziwne jak bardzo po 30 latach nadal aktualne sa te problemy, aktualne ale jednoczesnie wypaczane w druga strone, bo tak jak hollywoodzki trak mowil o tym, ze ktos czarny nie dostanie powaznej roli w filmie, tak teraz niepisanym wymaganiem jest obsadzenie czarnej roli, zeby uciszyc krzykaczy rownosciowych i ich walki o urojona rownosc, czy z takim zamyslem pisali swoje teksty chuck D i flavor flav, tego nie wiem, ale nie wydaje mi sie zeby obecnie bylo duzo lepiej niz wczesniej, a czemu nie bardzo kontrowersyjny, bo grupa pozbyla sie najbardziej radykalnego czlonka przed tworzeniem tej plyty, pan professor griff wylecial za pojazdy na zydowskich mniejszosciach, nie musze mowic nawet o tym, ze def jam to wytwornia z dosc mocnymi korzeniami w ziemi obiecanej, co do samej plyty, to album jest napakowany kawalkami tak klasyczymi, ktore nawet radiowym sluchacza musialy sie obic sie o uszy w szelakich produkcjach telewizynych, wspominiany juz burn hollywood burn, ktory jest jedynym featurowych trackiem, ale jakim ice cube i big daddy kane na jednym kawalku, czy fight the power jeden z szybszych kawalkow plyty, do tego dochodzi welcome to the terrordome, na godzinnym materiale znajdzie sie az 20 trakow, bo album zawiera sporo skitowych mini kawalkow, a wiekszosc kawalkow jest budowana na ostrym samplowaniu i loopach, do tego dobra robota na tambulach i skreczowaniu jak przystalo na lordowego DJa, nie jest to moze poziom beastowych bojsow i ich paulowego butiku, ale kolazowe samplowane z pewnoscia jest mocnym akcentem plyty, album zestarzal sie dobrze, ale jednak wydarzenia takie jak meczennikowanie grzegorzow flydowych calkowicie zmienia odbior tej plyty dla mnie
I like public enemy maar was nu niets dat me achterover liet vallen
Didn’t hate it. There were some catchy songs!
Rating: 6/10 Best songs: Fight the power
I'm sure it was a touchstone for the genre and culturally relevant but it just isn't my jam
A good album with good songs and a solid message. I enjoyed it for sure.
Good, just feels a lot like a rehash of "It takes a nation of millions". 3
This was pretty great to listen to first thing in the am on my dog walk.
Liked a lot of the tracks and beats, but there's just too much exposition.
-Cool guitar solo stuff happening in "Brothers Gonna Work It Out." I wish they put it a bit higher in the mix, I would think that would make it a lot cooler -Some cool rhyme scheme stuff happening in "Welcome To The Terror Dome" -Good general message and storytelling in "Burn Hollywood Burn" -Some nice stuff, but nothing really makes me want to listen more
Welcome to the terrordome!
Classic East Coast album so it had - discussion of systemic racism - Hype men - good DJing - Kinda Antisemitic - kinda homophobic - kinda against interracial relationships 3/5
A lot of great stuff on here, but also a lot of filler
The music was not for me
FIGHT THE POWER
I love hip hop but this album doesn't age very well. It's got a few solid tracks but a lot of filler that just doesn't feel right.
Chuck D has a great voice man. Super Iconic. Not the biggest fan of Flava Flav. It's probably not my favorite Public Enemy album, but it's pretty solid honestly.
Raising social consciousness and making tracks people can move to.
This is the first rap album I've actively listened to and gone through the whole thing, the genre is still new to me, and I gotta say.. I really enjoyed it. It was just fun!
Not their best
Föredrar a Nation of Millions, den här kändes lite för lång. Går ändå hårt men lyssnade på Chief Keefs Back from the dead 2 genast efter vilket va kray, i kontrast var dehä int så galet!
I liked it
Too much exposition
Enjoyed some of the songs.
Nie jest to zły album, to na pewno. W kontekście roku 1990 i tego co wtedy było, to jest nawet album dobry. Muzycznie. I to bardziej w kontekście techniki muzycznej, bo mało to chwytliwe. Lirycznie jakoś nie powala. Niemniej jednak w obliczu roku 2022, ale i nawet trochę w obliczu tego co wychodziło w rapie amerykańskim parę lat przed i parę lat po 1990, nie jestem w stanie wystawić więcej niż 3.
Bardzo ciekawa warstwa muzyczna. Bogactwo dźwięków, różnych sampli i ciekawie zmiksowane. Przekaz liryczny trochę mniej adekwatny do naszej sytuacji z racji braku czarnej części społeczeństwa.
Całość brzmiała jak jedna bardzo długa i bardzo średnia piosenka, trochę te piosenki wszystkie takie same były. Generalnie nie było to nieprzyjemne do słuchania, ale myślę, że nigdy więcej tego doświadczenia nie powtórzę.
Not my forte, but a nice old-school album nonetheless.
Got thru whole album. Rather enjoyed it. Only couple times wonder is this going somewhere
Great album, some awesome sampling and Fight The Power to end with, what's not to like?
Political hip hop at its best . 911 is a joke and Burn Hollywood burn are standouts .
Le caractère lancinant et répétitif de la musique est parfait pour accompagner la verve énergique de Chuck D ; en même temps, cela devient vite redondant, malgré les intermèdes instrumentaux de Terminator X. Quelques succès ressortent évidemment : "911 Is A Joke", "Burn Hollywood Burn".
Cet album a quand même bien vieilli en comparaison à beaucoup de trucs old school. Je comprends pourquoi c'est un album si important dans l'histoire du genre. Pas mon genre trop trop, mais s'écoute bien quand même.
Fue un disco que no me desagradó, para ser de este género. Creo que todavía no llegaba la época de R&B con tonadas sexosas o el Hip Hop de sonar como idiota y eso le da puntos.
nja, inte den bästa hiphopen vi haft. men helt okej
Really great didn't quite hold my attention all the way through
Obviously a seminal and extremely important album full of adventurous sampling. I'd have to really listen to the lyrics to bump this up, but it's not half bad as a background album either.
Well, once again my notes disappeared. I liked some of the famous songs, but otherwise was a bit disappointed...other than the big hits, I thought the rest of the album didn't do much to stand out.
Pretty good! I don't think I've ever really listened to Public enemy, but it wasn't what I was expecting. It was more...thoughtful, and less violent than I expected. There's a line in a KRS-one song that says the difference between emcee-ing and rap is: "Rappers spit rhymes that are mostly illegal. Emcees spit rhymes to uplift their people". This album seems more in line with "emcee-ing", especially compared to Straight Outta Compton or something like that which came out around the same time and also deals with many of the same frustrations. I much prefer the Chuck D. parts to the Flavor Flav parts. Chuck D gets 4/5. Flavor is like 2/5. All in all, album is like 3.5/5 (because it's weighted more towards Chuck D.).
«Motherfuck him [Elvis] and John Wayne». Agree.
I liked it as far as hip hop goes but probably wouldn’t listen again.
Was fine but not amazing imo. I really liked the sampling of news recordings etc.
err hip-hop-y. das not my genre. it's an okay background noise tho
Surprisingly not awful however still nothing special
too political to be really catchy
Listened to a few tracks. Not feeling old school hip hop these days. Will revisit
Lisää tätä ghettonuorten uhoamismusiikkia. Ei iskenyt NWA, ei Ice-T eikä yhtään enempää tämäkään. Ei myöskään sinänsä suuremmin häiritse tai ärsytä, joten kakkonen lienee oikea arvosana.
Thematically, this album could have been a lot more, but the production took away from it entirely. Not many songs on it with serious rapping, and a lot of filler noise and instrumentals. Way too long a run time.
Not my type
I expected a more tunes than vocals
jaren 90 hip hop. Klinkt niet heel bijzonder.
Olisin halunnut tykätä enemmän, edes neutraalin kolmosen verran, mutta oli sen verran sekava pläjäys, että ei voi kakkosta enempää antaa tällekään. Muistaakseni joskus aiemminkin koittanut kuunnella jotain Public Enemyn levyä ja samankaltaiset mielikuvat oli muistin perukoilla. Hittibiisit on hyviä, mutta sitten hirveä määrä muuta kuraa vetää albumin kokonaisarvosanan alas.
Not my thing
I don't usually listen to hip hop, but it was pretty solid Some of the tracks were pretty catchy, but I didn't feel a connection to it
I guess it's OK. It didn't really annoy me, but it didn't really interest me in any way either, so I stopped midway through because it's on the long side.
Надо полагать, классика семплинга, а то я не в материале. Не справился с прослушиванием.
Malo malo, pero he oído peores
I've heard of this album. I've heard of this band. I've seen a lot from Flava Flav post Public Enemy's prime. Before looking up the album to play, I did not remember that any of these things belong together. "Fight the Power" might be the only song I've heard of. I can't decide if "911 is a Joke" is familiar or if it's just because it's Flav that it sounds familiar. Most of the tracks just kind of ran together. There were some okay elements, but I don't think this album was for me.
Not bad. But not something I love.
A bit overly 90th
Not my cup of tea.
Really enjoyed some of these songs, but overall this album is a bit intense to listen to. This is most obvious at the end of 'Power to the people', for instance. The repetition, sampling, and switching of the sound from side to side was straight up unpleasant. This technique returns in many of the songs. Favourite songs: Can't do nuttin' for ya man; Fight the power (even though that one is also really intense). Struggling with the rating, but probably 2 stars.
Disc de la vella escola de hip hop. Exageradament llarg, i això que acaba cansant al poc de començar... algun tema interessant, però moolt sobrevalorat
Voor een niet rap liefhebber, vind ik deze artiest nog wel om aan te horen. Stem klinkt normaal, muziek heeft wel wat geinige geluidjes. Een stuk beter dan al die duistere rap, die om de tekst gaat, die je dan toch niet verstaat. **
3. Fear Of A Black Planet - Public Enemy. 20 Tracks I'm not into rap or hip hop at all, but my biggest criticism of rap is that I often have no idea what's being said & I don't have this issue with Public Enemy. It's no "takes a Nation of Millions", (although you can really see they have tried to replicate it), but considering I don't like this genre, it's not awful at all. 2/5.
Couple of classic songs. I think it's the first time I've heard the whole album. Public Enemy was definitely unique in this time frame. 2/5.
WAyyy too repetitive with the production
Not for me
Rien n'était attendu de cet album, c'était juste un mauvais moment à passer. Cela a été fait, il est grand temps désormais de jeter cet album à la poubelle. Je tenais à profiter de cette tribune pour rappeler à Robert qu'il ne m'a toujours pas envoyé mon livre des 1001 albums. Je peux comprendre un léger retard, mais cela fait maintenant plus de 4 mois que je lui ai commandé son livre. Mais je ne m'inquiète pas, Robert est un homme de parole qui ne manquera pas à son engagement.
The beats and the flow is spot on. But it's not interesting or as deep as they make it seem. Somehow this album makes me smell America around me, it's a very unusual sensation. It's like I'm back in Atlanta, and somehow the music feels so important. Very hardhitting, and quite a nice listen. What I'm trying to write; it's kinda monotonic in a style I don't rock too hard, but they got mad skills. Low 3/5 Ok I just heard 4 consecutive songs and didn't feel any change in setting or sound of any kind. It's just too straightforward to me. 2/5 Ok this happened when I got "It takes a nation of millions to hold us back" too. I get so tired of this music, and it becomes a chore to listen to the rest. 1.5/5
There is a lot to like about Public Enemy. But unfortunately there is too much not to like to ignore. Amidst some great social commentary and lyrics, "Fear of a Black Planet" gets bogged down with frantic changes and hyperactive and random insertions of sound. Chuck D's deep voice delivers some great lines. Flava Flav, on the other hand, is more often annoying than interesting. (Though Flava Flav does have his moments. Those moments are not from his post-Public Enemy reality show roles, where he seems to be playing an exaggerated character of his reputation. Or maybe that's just really him. There were a few times on this album when I thought he lyrical style and voice were interesting. But what stood out was yelling randomly in places where it didn't enrich the song.) A lot to like, but there were just too many times when an out-of-place sample or sound effect ruined an otherwise good thing.
Nope. Not my thing.
Influential, im sure, but was tough to get through the whole thing as its pretty long. Was also listening at work to be fair. Still legends.
Really don’t like this style of hip hop and not being American doesn’t help as the issues that are mentioned in multiple songs don’t do anything for me. There are just too many songs that annoy me, although I can appreciate the ideas in some of the songs
it did not age well
Sometimes less is more.It sounded like a BBC sound effects album
It wasn’t my cup of tea
Pasable como ruido de fondo 2
basically the same sounds over and over again, don´t kill me if you read this
It's alright I suppose.
I respect it for it’s time but leaves a lot to be desired. Nice sampling
git up git up git up n git down
My housemate used to listen to this while we were at Uni. Never really got into it, but I’ve heard worse.
A rare miss for this group - usually the beats and bars hit hard and fast on a Public Enemy album, but here they feel a bit tired and repetitive. The subject matter and flow is still at the top of its game, but there aren't as many standout tracks or even individual mic-drop lyrics I know this group is capable of.
Album oceniony subiektywnie, bez kontekstu kulturowego. Niezwykle eksperymentalny, niestety nie do końca udany. Dziwny remix właściwie każdej z warstw muzycznych nie pozwala mi się cieszyć ani rytmem, ani melodią utworów. Dużo wstawek muzycznych słychać było w rapie lat 90 i nie tylko - inne gatunki muzyczne także inspirowały się nowinkami z tej płyty. Był to pierwszy i zdecydowanie ostatni raz, kiedy sięgam po ten album - bez zaskoczenia.
Początek trochę rozczarowywał, bity jak dla mnie chaotyczne i ciężko było skupić się na treści albumu, który bądź co bądź mówił o ważnych tematach dla kolorowej mniejszości w USA. Pod koniec wrócił na lepsze tory i fajnie było poznać oryginał "B Side Wins Again" z NFS:MW ;) . Ogólnie nie zachęcił mnie do powrotu, gdyż nie mój rodzaj muzyki, ale na pewno dla fanów "czarnej" to świetna pozycja.
I did not enjoy this. Don't know why there seems to be a music genre that is 'Make as much unpleasant noise as possible'. Because art, I suppose?
This album wasn’t created for someone like me and that’s fine.
Diese Liste hätte nicht mal EIN Public Enemy-Album gebraucht. Geschweige denn dieses. Nach dem 4. Song ausgemacht, braucht kein Mensch.
Primera presa de contacte amb Public Enemy. Malgrat saber de la seva existència, mai m'havia assegut a escoltar atentament la seva música. En general, el hip hop i el rap mai m'han interessat gaire. I a ells en concret els vaig veure una estona en directe en el meu segon Primavera Sound, allà al 2008. El disc m'ha semblat interessant a nivell sonor, amb complexes estructures de samplers i jocs de veus constants. Però el disc en sí, com era d'esperar, no m'ha dit gaire, i tampoc ho esperava. M'he informat sobre la seva transcendència en el moment que va ser publicat, tant pel seu missatge com per la seva música, i entenc que el context i el moment eren idonis per aquest àlbum. Tot i així, jo no hi connecto, i al final m'ha acabat cansant, perquè és tan llarg com dens.
"Fight the Power" Released: July 4, 1989 "Welcome to the Terrordome" Released: January 1990 "911 Is a Joke" Released: April 1990 "Brothers Gonna Work it Out" Released: June 1990 "Can't Do Nuttin' for Ya Man" Released: October 1990
Nope not a fan
Raskasta kuunnella työn teon lomassa. Aika paljon tuli skippailtua biisejä kesken, mitä en normaalisti ollenkaan tee tämän levyprojektin kanssa ainakaan. Sekava pläjäys. Tuokaa minulle mieluummin Puhuvia Päitä.
i'm sure it's an "important" entry, but it's not for me. purportedly socially conscious rap containing homophobia and antisemitism might be clever if done ironically, but i don't think they were smart enough for that. i think it's genuine in its crudeness and cruelty. hot garbage
Not my jam
Nope…. Didn’t like
Awful! Utter crap!
Not my cup of tea.
Not for me
Not my kind
Soulful, jazzy, easy listening Love the "Jazz band" sound Top points to the double bass Voice drops out slightly at points