It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

Performers Public Enemy

Def Jam | April 18, 2000 | Compact Disc

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In 1987, Long Island rap collective Public Enemy set a new standard for hip-hop music with the explosive Yo! Bum Rush the Show. If that album was a call to intellectual arms for young African-Americans, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back was Public Enemy's definitive statement of their lyrical battle plan. Backed by the high-pitched samples and commanding beats of production wizards The Bomb Squad and the frenetic scratching of DJ Terminator X, rapper Chuck D unleashes a torrent of incisive political commentary. Offset by the endlessly entertaining presence of microphone cohort Flavor Flav, Chuck delivers his blistering rhymes with the precise fury of an army drill sergeant, solidifying his reputation as one of the most intelligent and potent MCs ever to grace the stage. Universally acclaimed, this album is one of the best ever recorded in or out of the hip-hop genre.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: April 18, 2000

Genre: East Coast Rap

Style: R&B

Number of Discs: 0

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2000

Label Name: Def Jam

UPC: 731454242325

Found in: East Coast Rap

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It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

Performers Public Enemy

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: April 18, 2000

Genre: East Coast Rap

Style: R&B

Number of Discs: 0

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2000

Label Name: Def Jam

UPC: 731454242325


Editorial Notes

Public Enemy: Chuck D, Flavor Flav (vocals); Norman "Terminator X" Rogers (scratches); Professor Griff (background vocals); The Security Of The First World.
Additional personnel: Eric "Vietnam" Sadler, Hank Shocklee (programming); Johnny Juice Rosado (scratches); The Black To The Future Sample Stars (background vocals).
Engineers include: Nick Sansano, Matt Tritto, Chris Shaw.
Recorded at Greene Street Recording, Chung King House Of Metal, New York, New York, Sabella Recording, Roslyn, New York & Spectrum City Studios, Hempstead, New York.
The title says it all. In 1988, when this album was released, Public Enemy's music cut with a wholly revolutionary edge. Rarely has fear, anger, paranoia and anxiety been so masterfully compressed onto a record's grooves. The Bomb Squad's artistry is the keynote to the hard, lean delivery, while Chuck D's supremely pointed lyrics leave no stone of the black experience unturned. It is not comfortable listening, but on tracks such as 'Don't Believe The Hype', 'Night Of The Living Baseheads' and 'Rebel Without A Pause' the listener is left in no doubt that they are facing a fantastically potent force.
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