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Apocalypse 91… The Enemy Strikes Black

Public Enemy

1991

Apocalypse 91… The Enemy Strikes Black

Album Summary

Apocalypse 91… The Enemy Strikes Black is the fourth studio album by American hip hop group Public Enemy, released on September 24, 1991, by Def Jam Recordings and Columbia Records. The album received critical acclaim, ranking at No. 2 in The Village Voice's 1991 Pazz & Jop critics' poll.

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Rating

3.18

Votes

4659

Genres

  • Hip Hop
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4

After hearing the cover of Black Steel on the Tricky album (it was probably my favorite track), I was excited to listen to a Public Enemy record. The beats were high energy and very 1991, which is basically my ideal when it comes to rap. I liked the voices of the MC’s although one or two of them I couldn’t always understand, which was a shame, because the lyrics I did hear were great. I didn’t know that Public Enemy would have such political lyrics. It was interesting and sad how many of the lyrics felt like they could have been written in 2021. The work is never done. My personal enjoyment: 3.5/5 Did it belong on this list: 5/5

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Apocalypse 91 is iconic but it's also really annoying. A lot of later music wouldn't exist without this album but, man... it did not age well. Three stars for its importance to music. Minus two stars because I just don't like it.

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4

Not as good as the first two albums but still a corker

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5

A great album with some great social commentary

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5

Great!

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5

Blew my ass off. The first half is so strong and powerful.

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5

This was fucking dope, last song is excellent

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5

Amazing old school hip hop, the issues portrayed in this project are still relevant today. Production aged really well.

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5

Classic album by the pioneers. Virtually flawless.

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5

This was a really fun album and I enjoyed listening to it.

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5

Onze. Não vai abaixo, não cai. Não vai abaixo, não cai. O que eu aqui construí não vai abaixo, não cai. Funk fado, funk you, não vou abaixo, não caio. Isto é tudo persistência, boy daqui já não saio. MotA: Shut 'Em Down "The future holds nothing else but confrontation".

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5

Truly a masterpiece of Hip-Hop in the political vein. I think I always avoided Flavor, but Chuck D and Flavor Flav's balance is very strong, and the narrative style production augments an already strong duo. Plus, Anthrax mixing with Public Enemy feels just so right.

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5

This is my first dive into Public Enemy, and holy shit it was good. The flows were amazing, the lyrics fun and poignant. But the real star for me is those beats, probably the best early hip hop type beats I’ve ever heard. Amazing.

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5

Brutal.

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5

Epic. Should be mandatory listening everywhere.

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5

Great songs great noise. The political weight and intellect brought by chuck D contrasted with Flavs craziness still sounds fresh now. Mad noises too

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5

Pp

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5

Super punchy with an intense attitude. Loved this album, definitely needs a revisit.

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5

Fantastic raw energy

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5

Not the greatest PE album, but it's still Public Enemy. Shut 'Em Down is among the finest from the group, and the I love the way the beat and the lyrics flow from the beginning to the end of this album. You can dip in and out starting with any track, but it also benefits from being played right through from start to finish. The production is super heavy and I love this album a lot.

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5

Holy shit, what an album. This is the template for half of my favorite albums ever

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5

All the vibes you expect from this era. Rap has changed so much since this

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5

Probably the best Public Enemy album.

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5

Revolutionary in every meaning of the word!

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5

Wish I could give more than five stars. Lyrics, Chuck D’s voice, mysic/sound… all iconic. Love this album. I remember growing up in Arizona when this album came out and us kids saying “yep, we banned MLK day and now Chuck D will never come here.”

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5

I bought all of the first four PE albums as they were released, and listened to them incessantly. This album is the bookend of their imperial period, when they were unarguably one of the most important bands in the world. Maybe not the masterpiece level of It Takes a Nation of Millions or Fear of a Black Planet, I have a massive love for this record. Reading about it now, they had lost all their data for what was supposed to be this album. This explains the slightly more straightforward production of this record, which is not quite as overwhelming a barrage of sound collage as the previous two records. But necessity is the mother of invention, and we have instead a more direct, though no less powerful, production. It is pretty abrasive, noisy and assertive, enhanced by the aggressive scratching of Terminator X. It draws heavily on funk and other black forms, and even their own previous records. It is a new thing, and yet stands on the shoulders of giants. It plants itself firmly in the history of black music. Chuck D has never sounded more authoritative, leavened by Flavor Flav, humorous but not a clown. Flav is angry on this record, and in a way, his number s(especially I Don't Wanna Be Called Yo N.) is the angriest song on the record (disguised with humour). The political message of this record is mature, thought out, and undeniable in its logic and emotional intensity. It is hard to think of a political band of the past 40 years that is both this eloquent and musically powerful. I was going to rate this 4 (for maybe not being on the level of Black Planet and Nation of Millions) but the more I write about it, the more I realise how much I love this powerful, focused, and forceful record. (Favourite song: By the Time I get to Arizona; the funky power of this song is really unique).

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5

Yep, still love it.

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5

Best hip hop album I've heard from this list so far. Great tracks with something to say.

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5

very cool

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5

Last album of the imperial phase? Maybe. Still feeling every note and word of it? Yes.

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5

Now we're talking! I've listened to a few songs here and there from Public Enemy and also the album "Fear of a Black Planet". This album is equally good. Public Enemy is top tier east coast hardcore hip hop. The production, the beats, the lyrics and the overall aggressiveness is hard to top. The album keeps the momentum all the way through and ends on a perfect high note with song Bring tha Noize featuring none other than the thrash metal band Anthrax.

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5

Bangers on bangers

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5

great

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5

I love old school rap

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5

Really enjoyed this album, hip hop it's not a genre that I listen, but the collaboration with Anthrax on the last song of the album really was well done. The overall tone of the album is a bit heavy which I like

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5

The last truly great Public Enemy album. I love that Bomb Squad production, it still sounds like it's from some dystopian future.

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4

Banger

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4

Good album with some substance involving race represented in music.

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4

This album is fkn cool. If modern hip hop sounded like this I'd buy every new album coming out. 4/5.

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4

Public Enemy is bad background music. Some of the sound design on this record was quite fresh. Flavor Flav is hilarious.

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4

Listening to this album makes me wonder what the hell happened to rap music.

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4

Very good.

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4

really good hip hop, maybe a tad overly aggressive about certain issues

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Banger

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4

High energy, classic PE

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awesome 😎 flavvy flavvy

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Is good

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Classic 90s hip-hop. I don't normally listen to this genre, so I'm glad to get more exposure. Bring Tha Noise brought be back to THPS 2 for sure... Highlights: -Nighttrain -By The Time I Get to Arizona -Bring Tha Noise

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4

Soberbio. Elegante. Justo y necesario.

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Bon album mais pas non plus un coup de coeur

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3.5. Militant. Aggressive. A little long. But I liked it.

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4

flava flav never does anything I like a lot of the songs on here tho

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4

Para afines al estilo. Buenas bases

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4

Very good tracks (Arizona, Nighttrain, Bring Tha Noize)... not a masterpiece, but still very strong after all these years...

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4

Solid all the way through, but I still liked fear of a black planet better. Great commentary all the way through

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4

Like an underground train rattling the grate beneath your feet and blowing hot summer city heat up into your face

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4

This album slaps, obviously.

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4

Enjoyed this one. I can see the hype with why everyone respected PE and what they brought to the table in the early days of hip hop and rap.

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4

Leuk!

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4

I do think chuck D is one of the better rappers out there (in my very limitted knowledge of this genre). Despite Flavour Flav's being preeetty ridiculous , Chuck's Rhymes/raps are just bloody good. Funky beats on this album and content is super political and hard-hitting as with most of their material. By The Time I get to Arizona is an absolute tune.

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4

This is good. Never listened before, go for different albums of theirs.

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4

Loved it, second half tailed off a bit though sadly. As close to a 5 without being one.

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Enjoyed this, I preferred the first half of the album but it's a strong album in this genre. 4*

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4

Retreading this album reminds me why they had such a huge effect on the industry. Lot of iconic styles.

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4

Public enemy never misses on production from what I’ve heard and this album shows that, the producing is probably my favorite part of this. The flows are amazing and always full of energy this makes the album consistently energetic and interesting. The lyrical ability of public enemy is also great throughout the whole album. This is one of those albums you can’t get bored of and that’s what public enemy is good at. Also, by the time I get to Arizona has to be atleast a top 3 public enemy song that one is fucking amazing. 8.8/10

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4

I enjoyed this album even more than their earlier one that I was given through this. Classic 90s Rap

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a classic for me

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4

Public Enemy were one of the first music acts that I finally listened to the lyrics seriously (kind of hard to ignore them in this genre). Chuck D made all other rappers look subpar :P and virtually all of his tracks are fantastic. "By The Time I Get To Arizona" is probably my favourite rap song of all-time (I'm old enough to remember it being banned on MTV. :) ) so that's the starting point for me. Other highlights include "Move" "...Radio Consultant" and "Shut 'Em Down" - the samples/beats are perfect. Flavor Flav is a fine sideman for Chuck D but I've never much liked Flav's featured tracks, so I tend to skip most of his lead cuts on any PE album (and a few on here are indeed immediate skips...) - his goofy takes and abrasive voice get old quickly and don't really carry a song for me. Having said that, the strong points on this album are great and the themes are still so timely that even though it's nowhere near perfect (lyrics are mostly great, but some that have not aged well....) it's one I come back to often. "these days you can't see who's in cahoots cuz now the KKK is wearing three piece suits..."

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4

Great classic hip hop album!

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4

So relevant in 2021. Ageless truth.

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4

This was a really good album.

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4

Very good

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4

The power behind these songs are incredible. The lyrics and political content are so blunt, and the production, while of its time, is certainly top notch. It may not compete with some of the best rap to this point in history, but there is no doubt that this album is significant for the genre.

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4

Another strong and politically vocal album by Public Enemy and the suberb production team The Bomb Squad. Favorite track is "By the Time I Get to Arizona". I thought that Anthrax metal remix of "Bring the Noise" was an interesting addition. I did feel this was weaker than the previous two albums, with less funk and enthusiasm and interaction with the other rappers, but at least it did fix the drawn out news samples that Fear of a Black Planet had.

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4

A groundbreaking album. Public Enemy dropping solid raps as per usual, funny segues between songs, and a collaboration with Anthrax for the final track. This is the first time I've actually listened to a full PE album - good all the way through.

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4

This album is front to back energy

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4

It's pretty good, I just wouldn't listen to it often. Beats are great but end up a little too similar in many songs. 8

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7/10. Interesting to hear from a rap group that was against reclaiming the N-word. I really don't need the blaring noises in alternating ears in "One Million Bottlebags". "Bring Tha Noize" is an oddly fun note to end on considering how intense the social/political critique got towards the middle, but I'm not going to complain.

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4

Better than the last public enemy album. More politically charged and less yeaaaaaa boiiiiiiiii’s

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4

Still not my favorite rap but I heard plenty of references to rap classics, some social commentary, and there were way less yaa boiiiis in this album so in all, a big improvement

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Pues Public Enemy de nuevo, así que no hay mucho que decir. Traen con qué: un álbum sólido, enérgico, con mucho qué decir y con un final muy divertido (esa colaboración con Anthrax jaja, que sí está buena, por cierto). Me gustaron especialmente "Nighttrain", "By The Time I Get To Arizona" y "Shut Em Down" 9/10.

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4

An amazing hip-hop album, great production and flows + a lyrical focus on social issues that are /still/ relevant today makes for a fun but engaging listen

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4

The opening minutes of Apocalypse 91 filled me with dread and not because of harsh and scary content. No, the beats on the opening cut, Lost at Birth are reductive, the lyrics are a nothing burger, and the only thing that distinguished the track at all is some reasonably creative scratching that also incorporates spoken samples, bouncing from speaking to speaker. Fortunately, things improve. On Night Train, yes the beat is as basic as they come, but the dense web of well chosen samples elevates the track and gives it some urgency and swing, and more importantly, since this is rap, the poetry isn't just the usual mysoginistic, homophobic, dumbass gangster fantasies--it actually has some content and relevance and shows a functioning, restless intelligence. And thus, the pattern is set for Apocalypse 91. The beats are basic, the expert and creative use of samples consistently elevates the material, the scratching is hip, and Chuck D's raps, while rhythmically remedial, are at least lyrically sharp, which is enough. Taken all together, Apocalypse 91… The Enemy Strikes Black is actually invigorating. A lot of this is down to the samples, but someone had to choose them and arrange them, and they do so beautifully. Also, the record sounds good, which again, has a lot to do with the samples, but the vocals, scratching, samples, and beats are all well balanced, which also takes skill and taste. Honestly, for this style of rap, it doesn't get much better than this, but I'm reluctant to give this a 5 or even a 4.5 because this something like Apocalypse 91 isn't even in the same universe as something like Electric Ladyland in terms of quality, imagination, etc., but then again, I really should be evaluating this against the genre it's in, not by some imaginary universal standard.

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4

Liked it quite a bit. Hope to hear more in the future.

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4

Not my favorite Public Enemy album but still really good! I loved their sampling of their own songs from prior albums in some of the earlier tracks and I really enjoyed Nighttrain. Also it was a great surprise to have the Anthrax Bring the Noise at the end of the album which was used in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2.

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4

Another one that hits hard! I’m reading they lost their demos prior to this, but the sound is more organic and better produced than on their previous albums. Upon completing this list, I’m discovering I don’t like synths as much as everyone does, I prefer samples and live instruments

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4

I like this album a lot. I believe this was my first full listen. Not their high water mark, but a solid record.

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4

Old school hip hop, pretty much what you'd expect from that era. Good combination of political/cultural relevance for the time period without being too focused on the violence/money/bitches side of gangsta rap though that is still there. Great beats and backing tracks throughout, lots of energy.

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Huh, I had not heard this before, but this might actually be better than It Takes a Nation and Fear of a Black Planet. Maybe those are more widely acclaimed because they have iconic album covers and this cover looks like a high school stage adaptation of Anansi Boys.

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Public Enemy and NWA transcended rap music from the OG's, after them it became diluted crap. What more must be said. The message may be uncomfortable but it was raw and honest.

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90’er hiphop, vigtigt, indflydelsesrigt, politisk, hænderne op

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Di si bio '91? Ma nema meni veće sreće nego kad mi uleti album žanra reperskog. Uglavnom, album je dosta dobar, čak je i Flava Flav okej i ne uništava solo pjesme (što bi samim time uništio rejt albuma). Shut 'Em Down, Can't Truss It i By the Time I Get to Arizona su najjače. Iako mi paše i ova obrada Bring the Noisea sa Anthraxom, svejedno bi mi bilo draže da je neka bonus pjesma, a ne da je na albumu, ali okej, može i ovak.

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4

Iconic, but not my fav

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YO CHUCK-D, WHERE ARE YOU? Typical PE album, not their best but still a solid 4.0.

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4

Maybe their best? Hard to say as I am incredibly biased towards Bring The Noise.

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4

Great album, fully engaging. Favorite track is Bring tha Noize

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4

Shit slaps

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4

hiphoppone storico che ci piace tanto tanto

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I’m gonna be behind on all of this from now until 2022, most likely. But I listened to most of this and I really enjoyed what I heard. As much as I criticize this list, their hip hop picks have been pretty solid overall.

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4

A brawling, churning album with capital 'p' politics - and it's a great listen. Everything explodes out of the speakers - but highlights include the buzzsaw grind of 'By the Time I Get to Arizona' and the bludgeoning 'Bring The Noise' (possibly the best thing Anthrax ever did, incidentally).

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4

I love 80s/90s hip-hop, especially albums with something interesting to say (though it doesn't have to be political). For some reason, I've never been a big Public Enemy fan, though on paper I should be. Terminator X has some great, unique production that hits harder than almost anything from this era. Chuck D is eloquent and mostly enjoyable to listen to. But for some reason the combination just isn't pleasant for me. It's too monolithic or something... All I know is: I want to hear a turntablist album from Terminator with no vocals, and I want to hear Chuck rhyme to some chilled/jazzy golden age beats. Did either of these thing happen? If not, it's a crime to culture. Finally, I understand that Flava Flav's goofy high-pitched nonsense makes him the ideal hypeman to balance against Chuck D's seriousness. But I just find him really fucking irritating. I never want to hear another YEAHHH BOI ever again. Overall, this is probably their best album, despite the first three being more famous. There is no way in hell this list should include three Public Enemy albums. I'm giving 4* to this one, and will say mean things about the others when they come up.

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Again my deep lack of knowledge will likely handicap my understanding and enjoyment of this album. The album cover, title, and indeed the very name of the band immediately locates this music in a universe well outside my personal experience. Looking through the track listing I don't think I've ever heard any of these songs before. No, I take it back, I was a bit of an Anthrax fan back in the day, so I do know Bring Tha Noize and remember it fondly. The opening track, Lost At Birth, has a synth (presumably) repeating a descending riff, essentially acting as the baseline, but pitched to sound like a siren. Makes the song stressful to listen to, which I think is the point. Sets the atmosphere for the whole album. Building from there we get a variety of sounds, beats, styles, with I Don't Wanna Be Called Yo Niga very much reminding me of some of the funky albums I listened to earlier in this project. Setting aside the content of the songs for a moment, the music is interesting and layered and (to my uneducated ear) drawing on the best of past soul music and rap traditions to generate something fresh that remains quite listenable. The production is top notch. But you can't set aside the content, the quality of the music is just an aside; this is a band with something to say. I regret that I didn't listen to more hip-hop in my teenage and college years. Songs like By The time I Get To Arizona would have helped me get a more realistic grip on the world. Sadly the issues being discussed so poetically are still salient issues today. Clearly an important album, still relevant, and completely engaging. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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ok

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4

YEEEEAAAHHH BOYYYYY!! This one took me back. This isn't my favorite PE album, but it's a really good listen.

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4

Not a bad album, generally don't care for Public Enemy but this was good. 7/10.

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Chuck D is great in his own right but the anthrax feature is worth four stars alone

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4

Flava flave and bring the noize along with the original grunge hip hop. Iconic

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4

Absolutely here for it

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4

Not nearly as outdated as I expected it to be based on my experience with other Public Enemy albums. This one's awesome and everybody's at the top of their game here. Severely underrated in Public Enemy's catalog.

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Chuck D’s lyrics are insightful and hit at the root of social issues with surgical precision. His critiques of the effects of advertising and mass media on the black community still ring true over thirty years later. There is some filler on this album but overall, it’s accessible and instructive

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4

These guys are like a black Beastie Boys, which is to say more legit, talking about real issues, and straight up gangser. I'm not a rap fan overall, but they're the real deal.

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4

Everything PE do is quality… this is no exception!

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4

I love everything by Public Enemy. There's just something about the sound.

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Notes: I turned it up, they brought the noise. Really enjoyed this one. Does more than just hold up. Its gotten better.

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4

fav songs: Nighttrain; Can't Truss It; How to Kill a Radio Consultant; By the Time I Get to Arizona; Shut 'Em Down; Bring tha Noize (featuring Anthrax).

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4

Public Enemy is pure, unadulterated hip hop. This is no shit, gangsta rap. These guys are using their art to bring awareness to the conditions of their community. It’s not quite my sound in particular with the beats being fairly basic, but it’s pure and I respect the craft.

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4 stars for the superb Bring Tha Noise

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PE was never amongst my absolute favorite rap groups, but I consistently enjoy them. Chuck D has such a commanding presence and Flavor Flav brings so much personality. Beats are great. Lots of stuff that creeps onto running playlists for me here...

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classic

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Classic Hip-Hop from 1991, hard core maybe but very listenable to this untrained (In hip-hop terms) ear. I liked this and can see it's place in this list. A good mix of Rapping, Mixing and background rock from live musicians. Apparently they had their master tapes they were working on for years stolen and this led to a mixed approach. To this ear it is a positive mix. Favourite tracks "Can't Truss It" "Nighttrain" "1 Million Bottlebags" and "Bring The Noize" Good Album rightfully on the list in my opinion.

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it's fine

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Politically and socially charged lyrics describing a reality that needed and still needs to be understood.

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4

Ja gillar!

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4

Kan det vara topp 5 hiphop plattor ever? Maybe? 4,5

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4

This was a great listen. I loved the mix of the hard drums along with the repeating samples in each song. The occasional rock guitars were also a nice surprise. Plus the hard vocals blend very well with the mix, and they were stating things that still hold value even to this day. Songs like “Bring Tha Noize” also showed that there can be a nice blend of hard rock and rap. Standout songs were “Bring Tha Noize”, “Nighttrain”, and “Move!”.

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4

Just a rock solid early 90s rap album

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4

Everything you'd want in a Public Enemy record. I didn't listen to this at the time, crazy to think it came out the same year as Nevermind. I knew the Anthrax track from back in the day but that's all. Some of the beats are a bit one-note, but the righteous indignation in the lyrics is palpable.

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4

There are some great individual tracks on here such as "Can't truss it" and "Shut Em Down" but overall I don't think it holds up as an album in the same way that "It Takes A Nation..." Or "Fear of a Black Planet" do.

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4

Listening to Public Enemy is disturbingly relevant to our current moment 30 years later.

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4

Another fine Public Enemy album. It does have a bit of monotony in the pacing and the music but still very compelling and listenable...maybe their most listenable album I've heard yet. Plus when Chuck D raps you know it's thought provoking stuff. 4 🌟 🌟

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Crazy samples

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4, boom BAP

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4

The first four PE albums are all great (of course numbers 2 and 3 are super-classic). This one is number 4. It is a little too long perhaps - the first half is 5, the second half is 4 star.

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This is another of that cases where is pretty hard to rate. While this is classical and influenced almost everything, it's also a little bit repetitive. I need to give it 4 stars, even knowing that it should be 5.

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4

Was probably wild in 91 when this came out

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I think I’ve probably said what I had to say about hard core hip hop, so I’ll just observe that I hadn’t known before that Terminator X retired from music to run an ostrich farm in North Carolina.

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4

Gillar denna...

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4

Well produced throughout, the occasionally aged sounds are offset by instances of forward-thinking production. Also politics

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4

Standard rap disclaimer: not a rap person. This was fun and really great beats. The issues discussed didn't feel dated and more than 30 years later it felt as relevant today as it was back then. The production didn't feel dated either and it has aged really well.

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Loving this. The backing tracks / beats alone are sick. The deluxe edition of the album on spotify has instrumental only versions of some songs and they stand up well on their own. Chuck Ds gritty delivery hits hard too. Bring Tha Noize is a great hip-hop / metal collaboration (trying really hard not to call it "rap rock") 4.0 (great).

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4

Definitely slaps. A lot of really great songs on here. Public Enemy really throw thein agenda into your face and it makes for great music. Main complaint is that the flows by Flav are sometimes pretty bad and the others get a little stale while listening song after song. 7/10

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Standard old school hip hop

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I'm not big on hip hop but this album was a jam.

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Liked this more than I thought I would. Great chemistry and energy between chuck d and Flava flav. Production is actually pretty solid for it being the 90s. Lyricism is very black nationalist and anti establishment and I can kinda get behind that.

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4

I don't really listen to rap and as much as I can appreciate how cool this is I'm probably not going to listen to it any time soon. Great beats and attitude, just not for me.

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4

Solid album

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Class like 👍

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4

Awesome album and pretty intense production

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4

paar high energy/ hongerige tracks. Sterke productie Typische 90's hip hop

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4

Classic album that I had forgotten how enjoyable it was, so nice to revisit :)

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4

If one comes off of, perhaps, the first great three album run in hip-hop then chances are it's time for the steep decline in quality to commence. That's not what happens here. With Apocalypse '91, Public Enemy continue to refine their revolutionary political message and heart on sleeve mottos that propelled them towards legendary status and they remain a bulldozer of bombastic sonic innovation, regardless of what others may have thought at the time given other members' exploits. Although not as memorable as the first three albums, Apocalypse '91 stands on its own either way. Favorites: Lost at Birth, Nighttrain, Can't Truss It, I Don't Wanna Be Called Yo Nigga, By the Time I Get to Arizona, 1 Million Bottlebags, Shut Em Down, Get the F... Outta Dodge, Bring Da Noize.

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4

Not their best

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Can't Truss it is good - however seems to be more looking back to how good the previous albums were. To be honest this is weaker than all 3 of their previous ones, however the fury of PE still comes through and taken by itself it's still a super powerful album.

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4

Perhaps less showy than their first three albums but here PE really get into a groove with social commentary over sick beats. All the players bring their A game - Chuck D is a lyrical beast, Terminator X brings the beats and Flav is the perfect hype man. The fearlessness of the group to say what they damn well please (a surprisingly risky commercial strategy) gives them credibility and an opportunity to change lives and minds. And whilst you won’t necessarily agree with everything said, Chuck D demands you will listen. Couple of side notes - I shook Chuck D’s hand after his gig with Asian Dub Foundation and the man was brilliant with his fans, took the time and had no posse or security or pretensions. The man oozed class and gratitude. Additional side note - you can see how big an influence PE were on Puff Daddy! Evidenced not just by his god awful cover of Public Enemy Number One (hip hop covers being a rare thing - thank god) but by carbon copying the stylings of Flava F across Biggie’s records (and with considerably less style and class). Diddy loved that hype man style. Of course, when Big died and Puff took the lead, he imagined himself to be Chuck D with none of the talent on the mic.

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4

Power personified. Great sick beats and string ideas and production quality.

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4

Cool

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4

I did not know this album. I liked this album. A pleasant surprise. Musically it sounds more contemporary, richer, fuller and less dated than their earlier albums. Even Flavor Flav is generally less annoying.

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4

Great cadence, powerful lyrics

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4

Very original and sincere

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3

Some real solid tracks.

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3

Valoro el aporte, pero no me gustó tanto. un 3 que en realidad es un 2 1/2

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3

Interesting

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3

It's a Flava Flav heavy album, which makes it lesser Public Enemy for me. Best track: By the Time I Get to Arizona

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3

I thought I’d need to be in the mood but I enjoyed it anyway

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3

Strong message, not a fan of the style

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3

+

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3

This might actually be my favorite Public Enemy album? It's still super overwhelming and some of the lyrics haven't aged super well but I can dig it.

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Conflicted with this one. One one hand, I love the sound of this era of hip hop. Always have, even the weird rap/rock Anthrax mashup at the end. Politically charged, lots of lyrics about race relations. On the other hand, some of the lyrics are terribly homophobic and anti-Semitic. Flavor Flav also sounds like a total asshole (convicted of beating his partner, and then complains about the New York Post writing about the story).

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3

Chuck d is a legend. Good album but not there best. 3.5 stars

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Yo

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Hard hitting production and Chuck D's socially relevant writing is kind of compromised by FLAVA FLAVS direct references to his own personal wife beating and (almost extreme) homophobic undertakings outlined in A Letter to The New York Post. Seems like this is FLAVA FLAV'S only real contribution to the record which totally decimates any sincere attempts at addressing broader social issues. I thought Chuck D's delivery was 5/5 though, there are a couple of songs where you can really prominently here is breathing techniques which was interesting. I'm conflicted on my rating, FLAVA FLAV deserves a 1/5 but Chuck deserves a 5 so I'm landing on 3.

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3

It’s no Fear Of A Black Planet, but still a great album by PE.

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3

Pretty solid, Bring the Noise is a great little time capsule to the beginning of rap/rock.

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3

Better than I expected

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Did not expect Anthrax

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Ich sag mal wie‘s läuft: „It Takes A Nation ..“ bekommt 4, „Fear of A Black Planet“ 5, und die hier 3. Weil: hier wird das Erfolgsrezept der anderen beiden nochmal aufgewärmt - seht viel mehr auch nicht. Ok, Chuck D rappt jetzt smoother, aber der Bomb Squad Sound war auch schon dichter, und insgesamt wird sehr viel sich selbst zitiert. (Not so) Fun Fact: konnten sie kaum für; man hatte die Nutzungsrechte für fremde Samples deutlich komplizierter/teurer gemacht - gut, nimmt man halt die eigenen. Leider aber eben zulasten der fetten Fülle, die mein 15jähriges ich so geliebt hatte (und bis heute liebt), auch mehr als Anthrax-Kollabos. Naja, trotzdem: 3. Und Grüße gehen raus an Clawfinger!

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3

This album is pretty sweet for what it is - but Fear of a Black Planet is better.

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3

Lekkere 'flow' en 'energy', boyyyyyyyy!

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3

pretty old and slightly grating, yet strangely timeless. Appreciate the political commentary and aggressiveness. flows are generally aiite

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Sorry to disappoint Mystic Meg's shite cousin Quaylo but this one's only getting a 3. To me it feels a bit tired and phoned in musically in comparison to the first three albums. But note to the mystic meff, Fear Of A Black Planet will join It Takes A Nation... on a 5 when it comes up.

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2nd time in two days? Give us a break. I'm just going to assume it was similar to the other one. Fine, I'll listen to a bit.... ... It's similar to the other one. Fun fact: Robert Plant's favourites from this are Rebirth and Lost at Birth.

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3

I enjoyed the topics and the social/political commentary on it but wouldn't return to it for the music.

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"The future holds nothing but confrontation" Oh how right they were 😆 Powerful vocal delivery, great beat production. But nothing catchy, all I can tell is that these are some dudes who are either pissed off or have a lot of energy for their music. I Don't Wanna Be Called definitely would not go out of place on an NWA record. The instrumentals are good, but the flow of the lyrics always bring the music down. All of the songs sound so similar to one another. The only variation comes from their heavy carrying singles and rare beat switches and skits. I'd give this 3 stars.

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3

good sound, lyrics were a bit crude.

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3

A solid rap album with some great lyrics, although lacking a solid hook on some songs. 7.8/10

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In conclusione: dalla prima traccia pensavo sarebbe stata dura, invece poi sono entrato un po' nel sound ed è stato sorprendentemente piacevole. Ho apprezzato abbastanza i beat pure se super anni 90 ma ho apprezzato più di tutti i testi che finalmente parlano di questioni socio politiche come mi aspettavo piuttosto, che quanto ce l'hai più grosso di tutti (sì devo fare un'invettiva a notorious big a disco). In alcuni pezzi ho trovato idee interessanti, come il fatto che il governo usi l'alcool e la droga per soggiogare la popolazione povera o la critica al New York Post. Ho letto su Wikipedia di varie controversie tra cui un membro in particolare accanito con l'omofobia e l'antisemitismo e qualche uscita infelice col video di by the time I get to Arizona ma in ogni caso secondo me almeno sto rap/hip hop c'ha senso.

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3

Great 90s hip hop

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Clocks for necklaces was nearly as big as the jumpers for goalposts movement. People often mistook me for a gangbanger thanks to the claw shape I made when I waved at them. I was a pretty good crip so I was told.

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This shit goes hard as FUCK.

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3

It’s probably because I grew up in the era of Flavor Flav on VH1 but his voice annoys me so much! I still enjoyed this but it would have been so much better without him.

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3

really fun to listen to, not their best album but still loved it.

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3

A good solid hip-hop album. Very representative of the time and still very relevant today.

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3/5 it was alright. They were the first band I ever saw. The album was not worthy as a four as nothing stood out to me.

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Old school hip-hop från några av de absolut största! Alltid välkomponerade beats, alltid politiska och flytande rapverser från Chuck D. Första spåret, Lost at Birth, tar dig med storm om du inte är beredd, med sin experimentella produktion och sampling. By The Time I Get To Arizona är en replik från Chuck D på hur Arizona röstade nej till att införa Martin Luther King's day som en helgdag, och har ett helt fantastiskt och unikt beat. Shut 'Em Down en höjdpunkt, har tydligen blivit mer av en hit efter Pete Rocks remix, men även originalversionen är bra. Bring The Noise är en klassisk Public Enemy-låt från 1987. En cover/samarbete gjordes av metalbandet Anthrax(!) och det är den versionen som avslutar detta album, som Bring Tha Noize. Föredrar originalversionen, men Anthraxversionen är en föregångare till många senare metal/hip-hop mashups. Chuck D:s andra vers är magisk. Sammantaget ett bra album, varje låt behandlar ett nytt viktigt sociopolitiskt ämne, mest om svartas kamp i USA. Flavor Flav är en hype-man som man själv önskar man hade med sig i vardagen. Låtarna som han själv rappar på blir inte lika bra, men det är också svårt att jämföras mot Chuck D. Bästa låt: By The Time I Get To Arizona

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- Unambitious rhyme schemes with some standouts (By the time I get to Arizona) - Interesting samples, nailing it occasionally (Can't Truss It) - Dated but stands up but is no Enter The Wu Tang - Strong variety of paces and beats

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Embarrassed to say, but (mostly) new to me. The first half alone is a 5, but the 2nd half just brings it down with inconsistency. Deserves to be on the list.

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3

Sure. Fine. Another album from Public Enemy. I don't think I've heard any of the songs before. It was okay. I probably should have given their previous album 3 stars too.

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3

Besser wird es in der hiphop Ecke nicht

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3

PE albums are so long! But I did enjoy this one

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6/10, there were some solid bars but it was often grating and I don’t think it has held up to time very well

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