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Apocalypse 91… The Enemy Strikes Black

Public Enemy

1991

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Apocalypse 91… The Enemy Strikes Black

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3.15

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3554

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

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Very good.

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

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Banger

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

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This album slaps, obviously.

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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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Leuk!

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

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

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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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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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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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Great classic hip hop album!

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So relevant in 2021. Ageless truth.

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This was a really good album.

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Very good

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

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

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

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Shit slaps

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

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Absolutely here for it

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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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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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Everything PE do is quality… this is no exception!

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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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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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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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Ja gillar!

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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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Just a rock solid early 90s rap album

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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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Some real solid tracks.

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

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Interesting

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

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Strong message, not a fan of the style

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+

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

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

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

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Lekkere 'flow' en 'energy', boyyyyyyyy!

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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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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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good sound, lyrics were a bit crude.

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

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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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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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Besser wird es in der hiphop Ecke nicht

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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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Me eh…

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It hasn't held up that great over the years.

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Hyvä ja tasanen kokonaisuus

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Lepposa levy ja helppo kuunnella. Toni Haukasta tuttu klassikko kruunasi kokonaisuuden.

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240921 16:45 3.5

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influential

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Our second from Public Enemy. Solid, but lacks the spark that made me love Fear of a Black Planet. I think the production overall was less interesting. I was also trying to listen while dealing with some work stuff and the combination made this a bit stressful; not a good energy match today. But there's certainly value here, and I love that the Anthrax version of Bring the Noise appears on this album. I suspect once we get their debut (which is also on the list), this one will seem like a fairly unnecessary inclusion. All due respect to PE, but do we need three albums from them, when there are less than 5 post-2010 hip hop albums on this list? Favorite tracks: I Don't Wanna Be Called..., Shut Em Down, Bring the Noise. Album art: Pretty cool. Again, the bold stencil font is part tough and part funny. The picture is really cool though, especially what appears to be a cyborg Flav. Busy in a good way, but not as enjoyable for me as Fear of a Black Planet. 3.5/5

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Bring Tha Noize!

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90'er hop

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It was pretty good but didn't grab me in the same way a lot of 90s hip hop does. Their Spotify description makes it sound as though the 80s albums are the real records to get into so I'll give them a go at some point. Also, that clock is far too big to be worn as a necklace. What is he thinking?!

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Got the feeling from listening to this (then reading about it) that this is a good rather than a great Public Enemy album. The very 90s production is a bit relentless - makes it hard to pick any standouts after the first couple of listens. Also, some of Chuck D's verses seem to go on for about 3 minutes... which is impressive, but again, a lot to take in in one day.

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Another notable album from a very influential band, paved the way for so much great music in the coming years such as RATM and more rock oriented hip-hop etc

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Fav Songs: - By The Time I Get To Arizona

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*insert di si bio 91 joke here*

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Surprised Fear of a Black Planet wasn’t in the list instead of this album. But this is good none the less

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Pretty good. Very busy, but overall enjoyable.

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This album was pretty intense - as expected. It's not bad though.

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Great album classic

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Pretty classic Public Enemy Noteworthy track: How To Kill A Radio Consultant (only becuase it samples Run DMC's Beats to the Rhyme)

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Solid but no standouts

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UN CLASICO DE LA INFANCIA

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Not for me, but still some good music

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I enjoyed. Classic.

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Quite a bit of funky and strong energy here, especially in the first handful of tracks. A bit frenetic and noisy for my personal taste, but some solid rhythms in the delivery of the lyrics kept my attention on some of the songs. Got a little repetitive sound-wise for me, though.

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RAP fundamental que chegou até no rock.

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Still bringing the energy on this.

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I don't listen to a great deal of old school hip hop, it's basically NWA I listen to. This is fine though, I've head some Public Enemy before, and definitely Bring Da Noise, due to being a metal head. You could argue that song was the precursor of Nu Metal. I might give this another spin in the future.

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Très bon By the time I get to Arizona Shut em down I don't wanna called Yo Nigga

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You can't can't pigeon hole this as hip hop. PE sound like nothing else that has gone before. It's pure noise with a ferocious rhythm holding it all together. And that's before you even pay attention to the militant lyrics that are decades ahead of their time. Thirty years old. Blimey.

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As rap goes, this is a cut above. Not my thing, but I can see how it probably shook things up a bit at the time.

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Average early 90s rap

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3,5! Really good one, interesting dirty vibe, really interesting collab of the thrash metal and 90's hip hop in the last song with the Anthrax; good east coast shit

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It's a solid album, Public Enemy couldn't miss in these days, but definitely the weakest of their early albums.

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2/10/21 Very politically charged. Less cohesive as an entire album. I appreciate it but don’t love the hip hop genre as a whole. The N word song really threw me for a loop at first! Favorite: Shut Em Down

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Very political and cool album but no individual song standouts for me

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Powerful as ever.

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Kann zum Inhaltlichen wenig sagen, weil ichs gestern echt nicht mehr aufmerksam gehört habe. Man muss auf jeden Fall positiv hervorheben, dass dieses Album im gleichen Jahr wie Cypress Hill Self-Titled released wurde, aber dem Album einfach um Längen vorraus ist. Die Instrumentals abwechslungsreich und einfach gut zusammengebaut, sie rumpeln unaufhaltsam vor sich hin — wie ein Elefant in der Abstellkammer von einem Musikgeschäft.

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Solide aber hab mich textlich nicht drauf einlassen können. Der Anthrax Song hat mich richtig geflasht irgendwie auch wenn raprock oft cringe ist.

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Viel Killer, viel Filler.

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Besser als die letzten paar auf der Liste, paar coole Beats aber halt auch echt schlecht gealtert irgendwie, da gibts schon geileren scheiss aus der Zeit 🤔

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Eine Mischung aus vielem und auch ein bestimmt sehr solides und für die Zeit auch wichtiges Hip Hop-Projekt, aber es macht mir einfach nicht wirklich viel. Solche Alben sind eben textlich auch sehr aus der Zeit heraus. Positiv sehe ich die Produktion, die ziemlich frisch ist für über 30 Jahre alt. 6/10

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I admit I’m probably not the intended audience, and I can see how it was important in context, but I don’t think I’ll want to listen to this one again

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Not as good as the debut but still vital and fascinating

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Good but old

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Good classic rap album. Not their best but it’s hard to top one of the best rap albums ever. This album has some great songs and chuck d always brings great bars. I think the thing that keeps this album down is some of the lackluster beats and some of the songs aren’t as catchy. Still solid. 7.3/10

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The message: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The music: ⭐️⭐️ The social commentary is biting and on point, but the rapping and beats are hit and miss. There are a few three or four star songs, and less random yelling from Flava Flav (see my “Fear of a Black Planet” review), but this still falls short of its potential. But, damn, they pulled no punches, especially at the end of “Shut Em Down.”

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I think probably the best hip-hop I've had on this so far. Still not my genre of choice, but very listenable

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Chuck D why did you Start hanging with flava flav? You didn’t need him

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Not heard PE for ages. Loved the movie quotes. Decent.

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Zelfde vibe als vorige album, ook dikke prima dus

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åter igen old school hip hop är the shissle

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Höll på att stänga av vid första låten. Mad obnoxious. Sen blev det bättre

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Great old school hip hop album. Not my usual genre but it's was a good listen.

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Some good classic hip-hop! A cool album concept, though became a little repetitive sounding as the songs went on

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the last song goes hard

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Bring the noise carries this album for me

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like it

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Un sound troppo esasperato e violento.

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An ok album. Love Chuck D

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As I wrote in review of an N.W.A. album: A lot of anger and pain went into making this. Lived, real, and if neither, the art is greater for their ability to convey the imagined. In the case of this album I felt less shouted at, as it seems more conversational and theatrical, perhaps in part to the levity brought to the mix by Flavor Flav.

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Assez redondant avec des flows similaires sur quasi la totalité, des rythmes peu variés Lyrics contestataires mais assez balourds Samples et prods quelques fois intéressants Album trop marqué dans son époque ce qui n'est pas un défaut en soi mais qui en fait un disque peu intéressant et ennuyant à découvrir en 2021

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This is not my thing. I don't have the patience for this type of rap I am sorry. I do like the bit where it goes 'night train!'

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quite funky but not for me

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Meh

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Love the political nature. Weak repetitive beats. Decent lyricism

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meh!

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not my style

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I'm good.

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Hartes Stück Rap, elequente Wut, schwarzer Punk und so auch etwas gleichbleibend knüppelig. Nicht was ich mir je gerne aus musikalischen Gründen anwerfen mag. Extra Punkt für politisch klare Haltung. Beat up 2.2

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Musicaa que no esta hecha para mi.

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After starting with a track that I thought was full of energy, it then became a linear decline of listenability. Flavor Flav is a musical genius, just don’t give him a mic.

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Mwha, leuk weer eens te horen maar het klinkt wat te gedateerd.

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I'm not the biggest hip hop person, but if this came on in a gym or something, I wouldn't be mad

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1 to 3 public enemy tracks is a good number 4-7 is pushing it, a full album and the enjoyment of public enemys MO is lost completely and you start thinking its shit. well in to the homemade low budget album cover.

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A mensagem é interessante, mas o som... A música é algo completamente fora do meu espectro musical, tudo muito sujo e tremido com pessoas a cuspir palavras por cima. Nota:3/10

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It's like the one song is good (Bring the noise) even though the rest of the songs messages are great. It was OK

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Ну не. В целом, имидж чуваков импонирует, с Флейвор Флейвом даже не без детского удовольствия смотрел шоу "Вкус любви" на Муз-тв. Наверное и борются не за самые зашкварные вещи. Но камон, альбом в 2к21 представляет с музыкальной точки зрения, вероятно, лишь исторический интерес. В кайф сознательно слушать чёт ваще трудновато. Ну да, головой покачать можно на фоне, но "музыкальные обои" запилить вроде особо ума не надо. Слишком лаконичные биты, какие-то раздражающие звуки, репетитивность (оказывается, так правильнее писать, хотя я не уверен до сих пор). Ну флоу в принципе нормальный, харизматишный, но не настолько, шоб тащить. Умеренно хорошим треком могу назвать I Don't Wanna Be Called Yo Niga. У Can't Truss It бит интересный, но не столь, чтоб его на 5 минут растягивать. В Bring Tha Noize партии Anthrax свели до выработанных для битов стандартов, только репетитивные минималистичные удары, из-за чего всё равно неинтересно слушается. Хотя дебютник Beasty Boys показал, что можно и нормас запилить, если захотеть. Жаль Anthrax, группу уважаю.

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дженерик реп про превосходство чёрной расы, хули, ещё и строчку про "нига виз хис фингер он э триггер" у Наза спиздили. Да и вообще вся песня I dont wanna be called - кринжатура ебаная. В общем и целом - хуйня старая, 4/10

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Beats were ok, definitely early 90s. I liked it but not the strongest from then

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No es de mi agrado

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Non dovendo valutare l'importanza storica ma puramente la musica questo disco fatica. Mi ha stupito il fatto che alla fine alcune produzioni siano la parte migliore mentre il rapping è veramente acerbo. Manca spesso la cognizione musicale non a caso tra i pezzi migliori c'è bring tha noize dove gli anthrax aiutano a dare una struttura alla loro energia. Al giorno d'oggi è un disco che si fatica molto a riascoltare.

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Not my thing, and it was weird hearing Flava Flav

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Hiphop is probably my favorite and most listened to genre so I was quite excited for this one. Sadly, I found it kinda boring and repetetive.

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1 1/2

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Classico prodotto anni '90 con lo stesso loop portato avanti per minuti, disc scratching e "yo!" random. Musicalmente li ho trovati pesanti e ripetitivi, ma credo che in questi casi il messaggio acquisisca il valore più importante.. Che però per me non basta. È un 1.5 che arriva a 2 solo perché sotto certi aspetti mi hanno ricordato i RATM e perché c'è persino una collaborazione con gli Anthrax che mi stanno simpatici.

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Not great

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It has a couple bangers, but also some downright unlistenable tracks.

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Ich seh, warum das hier ist, aber kann sowas kaum hören…

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Może jeszcze z pół gwiazdki za Bring The Noise z Anthraxem

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Old school hip-hop. Important album but it does sound dated. Best Tracks: Nighttrain; I Don't Wanna Be Yo Niga; Bring Tha Noize

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Definitely sounds like it came out around the time I was born. Lyrical content shows that not much has changed in 30 years.

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Ust uste guzel albumlerin bedeli mi bunlar

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Very dated and only a couple of tracks stood out. Not quite sure what I see to see in this album as a struggle to make it to their song that anthrax covered ;)

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Aged terribly, the skits especially. Shoulda skipped.

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Again not my preference. Some interesting lyrics / stories

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2/5

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2/5 naaaah

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Spicy hiphop. Grooves og alt muligt skørt.

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An extra star because Anthrax.

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It was okay. Not really my style though.

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Not bad

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Bring the noise is great.

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Suffers from some of the same problems as other 90s albums like this, but the skits here aren't as in your face as some. Kinda boring samples and I don't think the rap sections carry it.

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I've picked up a trend with a lot of the artists that make it onto this list 3+ times: All their albums sound exactly the same. I don't dislike public enemy. A lot of their rhymes are great, and their social commentary still feels prescient 30 years later. But, gun to my head, I could not identify a single song from a single album even if you played me a 30 second clip and gave me liner notes. Like, why is this album also worthy of inclusion in addition to It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back? How do these two albums differentiate themselves from each other, as well as the other 999 album? Why are they both so representative of the last 70 years of Western Music?

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Not for me

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Listened to on 2/10/22 2/5 Favorite song: Can’t Truss It My earlier statement that I might like hip hop was questioned in this album. While Public Enemy paved the way for later albums, I didn’t really enjoy any of the songs individually. The overall beats and social commentary were great though

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Bin leider kein großer Public Enemy fan, die sitzen für mich immer bisschen zu sehr zwischen den 80ern und den 90ern ohne wirklich die stärken von einem von beiden zu haben. War damals bestimmt krass aber gibt mir iwie heut nicht mehr so viel

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bis auf ein paar tracks vollkommen an mir vorbeigegangen, öde

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I loved 'It takes a Nation" but this is pretty much a continuation of the whole sound and nothing new? It just made me want to switch to the earlier album.

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Nojoo, menee ehkä tonne wutangclan-kastiin, virassa biisissä oli kyllä ihan ainesta.

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Listened to 2 tracks, even then I didn’t listen to the end. Not for me

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Fear of a Black Planet was peak for PE. A91 lacks the excitement of the previous album the loops and beats are hard loops that grate on you, they're stale and the album lacks a musical focus. I believe this was recorded after Professor Griff was kicked out of PE for his stand on Jews and gays. And could've been hastily put together to capitalize on their successes of FoaBP. I bought this when it came out and really tried liking it, but the two standout songs (Bring tha Noise, Shut 'em Down) didn't hold a candle to the magic that FoaBP provided.

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Well, if the title doesn’t warn you of the approaching storm that is Public Enemy then the air raid drill-sounding siren that opens up this LP sure will. The prophets of rage are back in black, P.E.’s in the house once again. Firstly, this ‘white devil’ (P.E.’s words, not mine) is actually a fan of P.E.’s first three LPs, which I found to be not only an important voice to be heard from a segment of the African American community, but also an enjoyable genre of music in its right. I’m a fan. I like their sound. I appreciate and sometimes even agree with their expose of racial injustice in America, the roots and consequences. On a purely musical level, Chuck D’s authoritative, passionate bass voice only makes the listener listen even more carefully. Likewise, Terminator X scritch scratches the records on his turntable with the deftness of any skilled instrumentalist. Flavor Flav? Eh, a little goes a long way; but, he’s not overdone. And, his goofy ass does add a certain humorous counterpoint to the intense seriousness of Chuck D’s rapping. My concern is that the first three LPs were so strong, so tight, that in comparison, 'Apocalypse 91… The Enemy Strikes Black' was just ok. Even Chuck D seemed to be off his rhyming game. According to The Bomb Squad’s Hank Shoklee (producer), the original recordings were stolen and never recovered. In retrospect, he believed the loss ‘stunted [Public Enemy's] growth. We never really recovered after that. We was on a roll—I was on a roll, and to lose that material set me back so hard.’ And, I’m sorry, the collaborative re-recording of ‘Bring the Noize’ (originally on the searing, 'It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back’) with thrash metal’s Anthrax was just awful. Peanut butter and anchovies do not work well together. Rather than complimenting one another, they just clash to the extent that neither one can be appreciated. Anthrax’s thrash metal beat just doesn’t match Chuck D’s funky groove. Its too fast, for one thing. (In fact, much of the LP sounded too fast, as if the music reflected P.E.’s rush to make up for all the lost time redoing everything after the unfortunate loss of the originals.) ‘Bring the Noize’ also sounded too ‘straight’ 4/4, if that makes sense. Chuck D’s 4/4 is more funky. Anthrax just threw his whole meter off. Lyrically, though, it’s still P.E., whether you agree or not with their assessment of Black America: that everything wrong about America’s race relations is the direct result of slavery. And after much thought over many years, I’m not so sure they’re wrong. ‘Can’t Truss It’ is the best number on this LP, and speaks to this very thing. Two things though, Chuck- and remember, I’m pretty much agreeing with your premise- it’s not helpful to refer to me and all white Americans as ‘crackers’ and ‘devils.’ Some of us hold similar opinions to yours regarding racial injustice. And secondly, I think Jews would take great exception to your suggestion that Blacks are still being persecuted, while post-holocaust Jews are not! You can’t tell me that in your hometown of NYC you do not see daily evidence of anti semitism continuing to abound. Jews and African Americans should be uniting to combat white supremacy rather than fighting one another about who’s been treated worse. I think everything one needs to know about Public Enemy’s sincere evangelism for racial justice (again, whether you agree with it or not) can be summed up in the sample from Malcom X at the very beginning of ‘Can’t Truss It’: ‘Being non-violent in the face of the violence we’ve been experiencing for the past 400 years is actually doing our people a disservice. In fact, it’s a crime.’ There is hard truth there for whites to just take in while resisting the immediate need for rebuttal. Non-reactive listening often assists in healing. It wouldn’t hurt for us (whites) to show a little more humility with regards to both the history and the ongoing present unjust suffering and prejudice that beats down our black brothers and sisters right here in America, where it is professed that ‘all are created equal… (and) endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.’ But Chuck, from the bottom of my heart, I hope you’re also making room in your heart to consider that other Black American, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, who before both his and Malcom X’s assassinations, were actually beginning to find common ground in their previously incompatible core values and identities. Rev King, adding to the conversation said, ‘Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.’ I want to be your friend, P.E. Help me to be your friend.

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Some good beats and social commentary, but it just never clicked properly for me. I'm just not a big fan of this kind of hip hop/rap.

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Wel geinig album, maar zal het niet nogeens luisteren

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Nog steeds niet mijn smaak. De samenwerking met Anthrax op het laatste nummer vond ik dan wel weer geslaagd

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Meh. Not awful but would not listen again.

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Hip hop. Coñazo, como todo el hip hop

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I knew "Bring the noise!" (Thanks tony hawk). Anyway, I'm really not a fan of early 90s hip hop.

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The beats are heavy but repetitive. I found myself getting bored with this album somehow. I will not however take away from the fact this album is a foundation of hip hop.

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Meh

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Not my thing

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Not really my jam, but not too bad either.

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wat

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nel

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“Apocalypse 91 . . . The Enemy Strikes Black” by Public Enemy (1991) Unfocused rage draws attention to the raging subject, not the object, blunting its political force. Clownish braggadocio undermines the message. Peppered with irrational dichotomies, this apocalyptic screed struggles to execute judgment and fails to persuade or redeem. It’s perfectly clear what their interests are, and it’s not a flattering picture. Chuck D’s voice is good, given the genre, but Flavor Flav’s voice is simply bad. There’s a well executed and rational but desperate call for social justice to be heard on “How to Kill a Radio Consultant”. If you understand the sarcasm in that last sentence, you’re intellectually equipped to articulate everything wrong with this album. 1/5

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ouvi 4 de 14, não é meu estilo

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Noisy beats, repetitive drums and vocal loops and questionable quality of audio overall a make this a hip-hop record that does not impress me at all. I find the sampling and deep synthesizer sounds grating at times, the lyrics uninspiring, and most tracks downright annoying. A 1/5 is deserved.

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No thanks

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Really didn't age super well, not as good as the wutang one

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I feel like Public Enemy aged a lot harder than other classics. There hooks weren't hooking, and the bars weren't hitting either. It acts like it has a lot to say, but that impact is really lost on me. The only redeeming song on this album is the one with Anthrax. Should have done a whole album like this.

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I'm just not a big fan of 90's rap and hip-hop, and this album doesn't really do it for me. I really dislike the samples and repetitive nature of the songs. The lyrics are great, but I also feel like I'm getting preached at when I listen to this album. It also feels a little bit weird when the songs sound like "That's How I Beat Shaq" but the lyrics are telling me about oppression, but that's probably just a product of time.

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Not a fan

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Can't do it. No way I'll get thru this whole album. I'm annoyed after the first 2:53 of the 1st song.

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Ekki minn tebolli.

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no.

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I don't really like Public Enemy. Maybe it's the annoying horns and high pitch bullshit they loop for all eternity on a lot of their tracks

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it's so bad I couldn't go past 4 tracks. records like this remind me I couldn't be a music journalist.

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I couldn't listen to the entire first cut - nothing really musical about this. Did skip through the rest trying to find something worthwhile to listen to but not really successful.

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Oh no.. how did this ever come about

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- old school rap - now i will go back to the beatles

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