PUBLIC ENEMY - IT TAKES A NATION OF MILLIONS TO HOLD US BACK (35TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION)

PUBLIC ENEMY - IT TAKES A NATION OF MILLIONS TO HOLD US BACK (35TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION)

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Released: 10/11/23

Originally released in 1988, the second studio album by Long Island’s Public Enemy still sounds as ferocious and vital as it did 35 years ago. It’s hard to add anything particularly new or insightful to the discourse surrounding an album that Rolling Stone called the greatest hip-hop album of all time, so I’ll just list a few of the LP’s tracks: ‘Rebel Without a Pause’, ‘Bring the Noise’, 'Don’t Believe the Hype’, ‘Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos’, ‘Night of the Living Baseheads’, and ‘She Watch Channel Zero’. Yep. Everyone from Ice Cube to Kurt Cobain, MIA to Beastie Boys professes their love for, and indebtedness to, this record. Want something a bit more high falutin’? The academic Ron English called it “a monument to the synthesis of sound and politics”. It’s just one of those albums – if it’s not in your collection, then now is the perfect time to rectify the situation.