January 29, 2019

Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back (1988)

*Reissued by Def Jam Records with a parental advisory logo. No reissue date is present. This pressing is a reissue of the original 1988 CD release. Contains the original mastering and mix. A photo of the disc is included in the RAR file.

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Hip-Hop
Style: Political Hip-Hop, Conscious Rap
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© 1987-1988 Def Jam Records
AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Yo! Bum Rush the Show was an invigorating record, but it looks like child's play compared to its monumental sequel, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, a record that rewrote the rules of what hip-hop could do. That's not to say the album is without precedent, since what's particularly ingenious about the album is how it reconfigures things that came before into a startling, fresh, modern sound. Public Enemy used the template Run-D.M.C. created of a rap crew as a rock band, then brought in elements of free jazz, hard funk, even musique concrète, via their producing team, the Bomb Squad, creating a dense, ferocious sound unlike anything that came before. This coincided with a breakthrough in Chuck D's writing, both in his themes and lyrics. It's not that Chuck D was smarter or more ambitious than his contemporaries -- certainly, KRS-One tackled many similar sociopolitical tracts, while Rakim had a greater flow -- but he marshaled considerable revolutionary force, clear vision, and a boundless vocabulary to create galvanizing, logical arguments that were undeniable in their strength. They only gained strength from Flavor Flav's frenzied jokes, which provided a needed contrast. What's amazing is how the words and music become intertwined, gaining strength from each other. Though this music is certainly a representation of its time, it hasn't dated at all. It set a standard that few could touch then, and even fewer have attempted to meet since.

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  1. Didn't you have this uploaded before? Why did you upload it one more time?

    1. The older entry was the first pressing and it was taken down by DMCA. This is a reissue of the same pressing but for some reason, was not claimed by DMCA. I don't know or understand why some entries are claimed and other are not.