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Fear Of A Black Planet

Public Enemy

1990

Fear Of A Black Planet

Album Summary

Fear of a Black Planet is the third studio album by American hip hop group Public Enemy. It was released on April 10, 1990, by Def Jam Recordings and Columbia Records, and produced by the group's production team The Bomb Squad, who expanded on the sample-layered sound of Public Enemy's 1988 album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. Having fulfilled their initial creative ambitions with that album, the group aspired to create what lead rapper Chuck D called "a deep, complex album". Their songwriting was partly inspired by the controversy surrounding member Professor Griff and his dismissal from the group in 1989. Fear of a Black Planet features elaborate sound collages that incorporate varying rhythms, numerous samples, media sound bites, and eccentric loops, reflecting the songs' confrontational tone. Recorded during the golden age of hip hop, its assemblage of reconfigured and recontextualized aural sources preceded the sample clearance system that later emerged in the music industry. Fear of a Black Planet explores themes of organization and empowerment within the black community, social issues affecting African Americans, and race relations at the time. The record's criticism of institutional racism, white supremacy, and the power elite was partly inspired by Dr. Frances Cress Welsing's views on color. A commercial and critical hit, Fear of a Black Planet sold two million copies in the United States and received rave reviews from critics, many of whom named it one of the year's best albums. Its success contributed significantly to the popularity of Afrocentric and political subject matter in hip hop and the genre's mainstream resurgence at the time. Since then, it has been viewed as one of hip hop's greatest and most important records, as well as being musically and culturally significant. In 2005, the Library of Congress added it to the National Recording Registry. In 2020, Fear of a Black Planet was ranked number 176 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

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3.34

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5897

Genres

  • Hip Hop
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Mon Mar 15 2021
5

“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

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Sat Nov 07 2020
5

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

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Mon Dec 28 2020
5

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.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
5

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.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
5

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

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Fri May 07 2021
5

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.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

Educational.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
2

Listened to a few tracks. Not feeling old school hip hop these days. Will revisit

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Thu Dec 10 2020
5

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.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

Kind of reminds me of Sting, Kind of reminds me of Mumford and sons. Will have to listen again to pick my favorite track.

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Fri Jul 02 2021
5

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.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
5

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.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
5

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.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
5

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.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

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

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Mon Mar 22 2021
4

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.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

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

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

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.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

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.

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Fri Aug 13 2021
4

I got two Public Enemy albums in a week. “Nation of Millions” earned my respect and this is even better.

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Fri Aug 27 2021
4

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)

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Mon Aug 30 2021
4

definitely influencing the genre.

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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

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

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Mon Oct 25 2021
4

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.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
4

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.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
4

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.

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Sat Feb 26 2022
4

‘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.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

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.

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Tue May 17 2022
4

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.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
3

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.

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Thu May 06 2021
3

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.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
3

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.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
2

I expected a more tunes than vocals

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Mon Feb 08 2021
2

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

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Tue Dec 29 2020
2

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.

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Sun Oct 10 2021
2

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.

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Wed May 05 2021
1

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

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Wed Sep 23 2020
5

Sick

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Wed Oct 21 2020
5

Incredible album, innovative instrumentals, great pen game. Chuck D is an all time great

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Sat Mar 27 2021
5

Still amazing.

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Sat Feb 06 2021
5

I enjoyed. Hip hop / sampled beats

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO THIS SHIT GOOD ASF

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Some wicked beats with important social messages

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Fri Mar 19 2021
5

Strong hip hop from start to finish.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
5

My first time getting into a Public Enemy album. It’s good shit, hip hop that came before my time.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Amazing album. Their best.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

Oh rap. Flava flav.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

Loved the production and beats on this album.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

Solid album, obvi Faves were Can't do nuttin for ya, man and war at 33 1/3

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Mon Jun 14 2021
5

Shifts and mutates like it’s working stream-of-consciousness

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

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).

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Sun May 09 2021
5

Iconic! And still just as relevant today as it was back then.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
5

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.

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Sun Jun 06 2021
5

Public Enemy is the greatest rap group of all time. This isn’t their best record, but it’s close

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Thu May 13 2021
5

Badass, can we get hip-hop like this again?

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Sun May 09 2021
5

Absolute masterpiece

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Sun Jul 25 2021
5

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.

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Tue Nov 02 2021
5

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.

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Sat Nov 13 2021
5

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”

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Fri Dec 10 2021
5

Just as relevant now as it was when released 31 years ago. Sooooo good.

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Sat Jan 22 2022
5

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

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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

Great, great album Not familiar, again, to the genre, but very approachable "Welcome to the Terrordrome" is quite memorable Great use of sampling

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Mon Feb 21 2022
5

Vraiment bon

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Sat Apr 16 2022
5

Of a time and also very relevant today. Public Enemy sounds focused in their messaging with great delivery over excellent sampling.

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Sun May 08 2022
5

Eu descobri q na real eu gosto bastante de hip hop 5/5

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Wed May 18 2022
5

this was really great! i liked the production more than the other public enemy record we listened to

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Wed May 18 2022
5

Great album. I liked this one more than the prior good blend of rap hip hop and other instrumentation

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Sat May 21 2022
5

LP

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Mon May 30 2022
5

I remember watching Do The Right Thing and hearing Fight The Power for the first time - by proxy through Radio Raheem's boombox, and falling in love with the track, not fully appreciating the political nature of the record. 911 Is A Joke, Welcome to the Terrordome, Brothers Gonna Work It Out, Fear of a Black Planet, Can't Do Nothing for Ya Man and Fight the Power are the standout tracks for me - and Public Enemy show that a statement can be made without resorting to profanity (in the main) and still be as effective 30 years later.

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Thu Jun 09 2022
5

One of the few albums on this list that made me add it to my discogs wantlist. I positively love every song on this album. Public Enemy created one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time, possibly in my own possible top five. The first thing I want to talk about is how incredible the samples and production are. Despite having a lot of repetition and is more in-line with the mainstream at the time, I can't get enough of it. I usually prefer a more jazz style from this era (Low End Theory and Bizarre Ride II), but this tended to lean more metal in it's influences and I found that absolutely fantastic. The production, from a purely audiophile view, is kinda rough. In my opinion, this is the perfect duo. The metal, the rough production, but classicly produced hip-hop beats makes this album bombastic in all the right ways. I don't know much about the group itself, but I think that will change soon enough because I think this album is incredible. The rhymes, bars, and wordplay on this album is top-tier, combines activism, anti-authority, and insight to the group in way that is rarely seen in popular music. I don't know what else to say other than that you SHOULD LISTEN TO THIS ALBUM. I think the biggest detractors are the "rough-around-the-edges" production and the metal snippets, but it would be a shame to go one's entire life without giving this one a chance. Highlights: All. But my favorites were "Welcome To The Terrordome", "911 Is A Joke", "Anti-****** Machine", "War At 33 1/3", and "Fight The Power."

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Tue Jul 05 2022
5

Ovo nije it takes... Ali i dalje je jebeno

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Wed Jul 06 2022
5

It's still got it. It's a thrilling, important, inspirational record. Basically perfect

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Tue Jul 26 2022
5

This and 'It Takes a Nation of Millions' are my favourite rap albums. I love the production, the flow, the attitude. The claims of anti-semitism are concerning - but I don't hear them here.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
5

Amazing album. The layering of music and sounds, talking, sound effects is intense and tells a story.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
5

I'm a huge fan of rich and complex sounds. In Public Enemy's follow-up to It Takes a Million, they really spam sample after sample into a working mess, only a few months before the sample clearance system put hip hop into chaos. Chuck D is still as strong as ever, preaching socially conscious issues that tackle different issues about race, censorship, and public perception, not repeating themselves much at all. Flavor Flav once again makes his return as the best hype man in history, with supportive and even comical contributions which balance out Chuck D's aggressive nature. It's fast, powerful, and exciting, which changes in vibes but never slows down for more than a second. Funky enough to have you consistently raising your fist to the music, 95 or 22. This can be a bit draining for an hour-long album, but it carries the energy and sense of urgency of the album, making it an incredibly coherent and focused listen. I'd probably just cut it down by a few songs, but really none of them were obvious picks to remove. They were all fine. I think more shorter tracks like "Reggie Jax" dispersed throughout would be more digestable.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

Still blown away by the cacophony of samples and Chuck D’s powerful voice. Noise rock bands wish they could be as visceral as peak PE sounded

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

I've enjoyed it. It gave me the desire to shot a cop in the face and round together wit' ma community for defending black wome'

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Mon Sep 05 2022
5

Lot of noise when this came out about how the production was too dense to listen to. No, sounds fantastic. Had to check my vinyl and yes there were 20 tracks, 1 hour long, on it, so may have in fact been the mastering. The music is excellent, the hi points among their very best.

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Sun Sep 11 2022
5

5/4 rhymes rhythmed

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Sun Sep 18 2022
5

amazing 90s rap that never gets old

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

Such a great sounding album! Old git here, but this is how rap music should be produced. Still sounds dangerous and abrasive, and sad how the "controversial" stuff like the call-in sampled on Incident At 66.6 FM resembles the golden age of radio compared to the shit nowadays on Fox News etc. Fight The Power pushes this to a 5 easily

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

Masterpiece

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Sat Sep 24 2022
5

Seminal classic, should be taught in schools.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
5

I would give it a 4.5 if I could but since I like it more than I dislike it, it's an easy 5! Completely emblematic and full of rage, loved it!

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Wed Oct 19 2022
5

Fantastic album. Good beats, great samples, excellent flow. Worth it, 100%.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
5

Amazing album.

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Mon Nov 21 2022
5

Wow, this was such an incredible listen. The tracks are an all-out assault; there's a neverending flow that makes the record feel like a seamless jump from idea to idea, stitched together with audio samples and drum loops. There's never a dull second of music. And the themes and messaging are brutally straightforward. Topped off by absolutely iconic album art, this might be my favorite discovery from this site so far.

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Fri Dec 09 2022
5

Have this one on wax. First started falling in love when the Manics put the 'Elvis was a hero to most...' quote in an album sleeve. It's less organised than Nation of Millions. It's more of a record of two years of ridiculous productivity. A ton of ideas thrown at a wall to see which will stick. A lot of it sticks.

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Sat Dec 10 2022
5

Beats were alright but I don't like foreign language music much

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Mon Dec 12 2022
5

I, for one, welcome any and all Black planets.

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Mon Dec 12 2022
5

This was really good even though I am not a rap fan. Also a cultural touchstone.

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Tue Dec 13 2022
5

Still fresh and on point in 2022

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Thu Dec 22 2022
5

Loved it at the time for the hardline stance, despite the slightly ill-informed lyrics in a few places (Meet The G, for example).. This perhaps doesn't sound as innovative given their previous efforts, but the cut-up nature of the tracks and selections here, and the balance of Flav's humour with Chuck D's more serious lyricism make for what musyt be one of PE's releases. Worth 5 stars for the title alone, but Can't Do Nuttin' for Ya Man still makes me chuckle every time. Timeless AND of it's time. A classic.

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Sun Jan 01 2023
5

cool

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Thu Jan 05 2023
5

Really likes it, the sound was super unique and the songs were catchy

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Sat Jan 14 2023
5

Very solid record, great rhymes, great lyrics, great beats. No complaints here.

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

Classic slice of hip hop! Political stuff that resonates today.

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Tue Nov 03 2020
4

wasn't expecting all the instrumental/light lyrical content, classic tenant in hip hop, fight the power indeed

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Wed Dec 30 2020
4

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"

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

Fedt album men kunne godt være lidt kortere

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