Public Enemy, also known as PE, is a hip hop group from Long Island, New York, known for its politically charged lyrics, criticism of the media, and active interest in the concerns of the African American community.
In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Public Enemy number forty-four on its list of the Immortals: 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Acclaimed Music ranks it the 29th most recommended musical act of all time and the highest hip-hop group. The group was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2007.
It then took roughly one year before its debut, Yo! Bum Rush The Show, was released in 1987 to critical acclaim. The group went on to release the revolutionary album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back in 1988, which performed better in the charts than its previous release, and included the hit single \"Don\'t Believe the Hype\" in addition to \"Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos,\" which chronicled a daring prison break. Nation of Millions... was voted Album of the Year by the The Village Voice Pazz and Jop Poll, the first hp-hop album to be ranked number one by predominantly rock critics in a major periodical. It is also ranked the 18th best album of all time by Acclaimedmusic.net
It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back is the second studio album by American hip hop group Public Enemy, released on Def Jam Recordings on April 19, 1988.
Enormously influential, the album\'s mix of The Bomb Squad\'s dense, sample-heavy production and Chuck D\'s politically charged lyrics turned the album into a sensation, peaking at #42 on the Billboard 200.
Widely regarded as the group\'s magnum opus, the album regularly ranks as one of the greatest and most influential recordings of all time in various publications. In 2003, the album was ranked number 48 on Rolling Stone magazine\'s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It is the highest ranking hip hop album on the list. Acclaimedmusic.net ranks the album as the 17th best album of all time and also the greatest hip-hop album. Time Magazine hailed it as one of the 100 greatest albums of all time in 2006.
Time - \"Loud, obnoxious, funky, avant-garde, political, uncompromising, hilarious.\"
Spin - Included in Spin\'s list of the Top Ten College Cult Classics - \"In any context, a revolutionary work.\" Spin (12/03, p.122) - \"Nation of Millions lived up to its hype and then some.\"
Q magazine (10/01, p.44) - Ranked #47 in Q\'s \"Best 50 Albums of Q\'s Lifetime.\" Q (9/95, p.132) - 5 Stars - Indispensable - \"...the greatest rap album of all time, a landmark and classic.\" Q magazine (p.140) - 4 stars out of 5 - \"Packed full of loud, obnoxious classics....You really should own this by now.\"
Alternative Press (11/00, p.144) - Included in AP\'s \"10 Essential Political-Revolution Albums.\" Alternative Press (8/01, p.112) - Included in AP\'s \"10 Essential \'80s Albums\". Alternative Press (7/95, pp.76-77) - Ranked #6 in AP\'s list of the \'Top 99 Of \'85-\'95\' -\"After It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, rap couldn\'t just be stupid and boom and yelp--it had to have production values and \'relevance\'.\"
Vibe (12/99, p.158) - Included in Vibe\'s 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century. Vibe (6/02, p.108) - Ranked #1 in Vibe\'s \"Top 10 rap albums\".
Melody Maker (7/22/95, p.35) - Bloody Essential - \"I hadn\'t believed it could get harder [than Yo! Bum Rush The Show]. Or better....It was like being beaten over the head in four/four time with a skip.\"
Mojo (6/00, pp.124-5) - \"Responsible for the angriest polemic since The Last Poets....[They] revolutionized the music, using up to 80 backing tracks in the sonic assault....to these ears PE sound like the greatest rock\'n\'roll band in history.\"
NME (9/25/93, p.18) - Ranked #5 in NME\'s list of The 50 Greatest Albums Of The \'80s - \"...[It Takes a Nation...] drags punk, rock, and hip-hop screaming towards the end of the century....Definitive.\" NME (10/2/93, p.29) - Ranked #9 in NME\'s list of the \'Greatest Albums Of All Time.\' NME (7/15/95, p.47) - 10 (out of 10) - \"...the greatest hip-hop album ever....this wasn\'t merely a sonic triumph. This was also where Chuck wrote a fistful of lyrics that promoted him to the position of foremost commentator/documentor of life in the underbelly of the USA.\"
\"Countdown to Armageddon\" (C. Ridenhour E. Sadler, H. Shocklee) – 1:40
\"Bring the Noise\" (C. Ridenhour, E. Sadler, H. Shocklee) – 3:46
\"Don\'t Believe the Hype\" (C. Ridenhour, E. Sadler, H. Shocklee, W. Drayton) – 5:19
\"Cold Lampin\' With Flavor\" (E. Sadler, H. Shocklee, W. Drayton) – 4:17
\"Terminator X to the Edge of Panic\" (C. Ridenhour, N. Rogers, W. Drayton) – 4:31
\"Mind Terrorist\" (C. Ridenhour, E. Sadler, H. Shocklee) – 1:21
\"Louder Than a Bomb\" (C. Ridenhour, E. Sadler, H. Shocklee) – 3:37
\"Caught, Can We Get a Witness?\" (C. Ridenhour, E. Sadler, H. Shocklee) – 4:53
\"Show Em Whatcha Got\" (C. Ridenhour, E. Sadler, H. Shocklee) – 1:56
\"She Watch Channel Zero?!\" (C. Ridenhour, E. Sadler, H. Shocklee, R. Griffin, W. Drayton) – 3:49
\"Night of the Living Baseheads\" (C. Ridenhour, E. Sadler, H. Shocklee) – 3:14
\"Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos\" (C. Ridenhour, E. Sadler, H. Shocklee, W. Drayton) – 6:23
\"Security of the First World\" (C. Ridenhour, E. Sadler, H. Shocklee) – 1:20
\"Rebel Without a Pause\" (C. Ridenhour, E. Sadler, H. Shocklee, N. Rogers) – 5:02
\"Prophets of Rage\" (C. Ridenhour, E. Sadler, H. Shocklee, W. Drayton) – 3:18
\"Party for Your Right to Fight\" (C. Ridenhour, E. Sadler, H. Shocklee) – 3:24