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Apocalypse 91: The Enemy Strikes Black [CD]

Public EnemyAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (September 6, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: 1991
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Def Jam
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000024IM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,219 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Maybe it's a concept album, but every odd numbered track on Apocalypse is incredible, while the even tracks fall apart or never come together at all. If you listen to the odds, you get PE breaking down issues facing African Americans almost to minutiae, outing everything from corporate sneaker pimps ("Shut Em Down") and 40oz. killers ("One Million Bottlebags") to a racially corrupt government ("By the Time I Get to Arizona"). And, thankfully, most of that dogma is couched inside PE's trademark air-raid drill noisematics so you can shake your ass while PE sublimates the gospel into your brain. Unfortunately, drop the odd tracks and you're listening to a sonically and lyrically inferior album. Suffer through Flav's reprehensible plea for martyrdom in "A Letter to the New York Post," or the inane and superfluous "Bring Tha Noize"--a co-op with Anthrax which takes rap-rock crossover back to a sad place, alongside Lou Reed's "Original (W)rapper". --Todd Levin

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Apocalypse Now. November 10, 2002
Format:Audio CD
As I continually turn a contemptuous nose at much of modern hip hop, I'm relieved that there are acts like Public Enemy that remind me of the genre that once had something important to say. Clearly, "Apocalypse 91...The Enemy Strikes Black" lacks the vitality of "It Takes a Nation of Millions..." or the sucker punch of its masterpiece "Fear of a Black Planet." But there are enough strokes of brilliance and hard-hitting messages to remind us how PE earned its clout in hip hop. Chuck D gives us a chilling account of the slave trade in the single "Can't Truss It (Divided and sold/for liquor and gold/Smacked in the back/ for the other man to mack)," and he justly rakes Arizona over the coals for ignoring the MLK holiday in "By the Time I Get to Arizona." Flava Flav jumps in to denounce the n-word in "I Don't Wanna Be Called Yo Nigga," which seems ahead of its time now that these modern rappers liberally use this, um, term of endearment. I personally could have done without the closer, "Bring the Noize" a track featuring Anthrax that would help shape up the rap-rock craze that's currently being run into the ground by jokers like Limp Bizkit. At times, "Apocalypse..." seems a wee bit like a pale imitation of its last two records, but even a disc as flawed as this still holds up tremendously well. While it's not as essential as "Fear..." or "It Takes a Nation...," Public Enemy's fourth album is still a potent documentary of an America still immersed in friendly fascism.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Apocalypse 91...The Enemy Strikes Black February 9, 2005
Format:Audio CD
In my opinion, this is a classic album. It's almost as good as 'It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back', and I definately think it's one of the best albums of all time, and Chuck D would be in my top 5 rappers or so of all time.

(Produced by The Imperial Grand Ministers Of Funk)

(Executive Produced by The Bomb Sqauad)

1.Lost At Birth-4.5/5-Chuck D drops only 1 verse on this one, but its a great intro

2.Rebirth-4.5/5-Only 59 seconds, but Chuck drops another hot verse

3.Nighttrain-5/5-Definately one of the best tracks on the CD, great flow and energy from Chuck, and hot production (Samples Kool Moe Dee's 'How Ya Like Me Now')

4.Can't Truss It-5/5-Another stand out, one of the best tracks lyrically from Chuck, and more of some of the best production on an album of all time in my opinion (Samples Run-DMC's 'Dumb Girl')

5.I Don't Wanna Be Called Yo N****-4/5-Flava Flav is basically rambling on the whole track, but there's some stand out production

6.How To Kill A Radio Consultant-5/5-Chuck's flow is especially hot on this one

7.By The Time I Get To Arizona-5/5-One of the great things about Chuck is that he is a smart MC, and raps about social and political issues. Not something you'll find in the average rapper. Another one of my favorites on the CD (Single)(Featured in 'Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4')

8.Move!-5/5-Another great high energy track (Featured in 'Def Jam Fight For NY')

9.1 Million Bottle Bags-5/5-Great song adressing alchohol in America (over a hot beat, too)

10.More News At 11-5/5-Short song, but a hot flow from Flav

11.Shut Em Down-5/5-Another one of the best on the CD, great lyrically (Later sampled by DJ Premier/The Notorious B.I.G.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hardcore Thrillers Of Rap February 26, 2004
By "xklox"
Format:Audio CD
Coming down after the twin high-water marks of It Takes a Nation of Millions and Fear of a Black Planet, Public Enemy shifted strategy a bit for their fourth album, Apocalypse 91...The Enemy Strikes Black. By and large, they abandon the rich, dense musicality of Planet, shifting toward a sleek, relentless, aggressive attack -- Yo! Bum Rush the Show by way of the lessons learned from Millions. This is surely a partial reaction to their status as the Great Black Hope of rock & roll; they had been embraced by a white audience almost in greater numbers than black, leading toward rap-rock crossovers epitomized by this album's leaden, pointless remake of "Bring the Noise" as a duet with thrash metallurgists Anthrax. It also signals the biggest change here -- the transition of the Bomb Squad to executive-producer status, leaving a great majority of the production to their disciples, the Imperial Grand Ministers of Funk. This isn't a great change, since the Public Enemy sound has firmly been established, giving the new producers a template to work with, but it is a notable change, one that results in a record with a similar sound but a different feel: a harder, angrier, determined sound, one that takes its cues from the furious anger surging through Chuck D's sociopolitical screeds. And this is surely PE's most political effort, surpassing Millions through the use of focused, targeted anger, a tactic evident on Planet. Yet it was buried there, due to the seductiveness of the music. Here, everything is on the surface, with the bluntness of the music hammering home the message. Arriving after two records where the words and music were equally labyrinthine, folding back on each other in dizzying, intoxicating ways, it is a bit of a letdown to have Apocalypse be so direct, but there is no denying that the end result is still thrilling and satisfying, and remains one of the great records of the golden age of hip-hop.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Enemy Strikes Black January 9, 2003
By Karl
Format:Audio CD
This is the fourth album for Our Heroes(tm) and they've changed quite a bit since the days of Yo! Bum Rush The Show. The group is now made up of: Chuck D, the hard rhymer; Flavor Flav, the juice; Terminator X, the track attacker; as well as Sister Souljah, sister of instruction/director of attitude; Harry Allen, hip hop activist/media assassin; Hank Shocklee, commander of the flight deck; and the S1W's. They're even joined on a few tracks by Frank Able on keyboards; Fred Wells on guitar; Al MacDowell on bass; Allen Givens, Tyrone Jefferson and Lorenzo Wyche on horns; Steve Moss on conga and Ricky Gordon on drums.
If you don't know anything else about PE, probably the most well-known rap group of all time, I don't know what else to say to you. So I'll just leave it at that.
Now there's been much speculation that our boyz have gone weak, sold out, or lost the funk. Fans have expresed fear that PE was no longer in the house. I admit that while the idea of PE sellin' out never crossed my mind (not PE!), I had despaired that success had been too much for them and the Fear of a Black Planet album would mark the end of an era. Alas, PE, I knew you well.
However, as you can tell by my summary up top, all my fears have been a-cast away. This effort strikes me in much the same way that It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back did: hard core and noisy; an album with some great songs and filled out with stuff that three months from now will strike me as classics. By contrast, Fear was a more solid album, but it had no standouts.
Having said that, though, I'll also say that this does not sound like either album. It just doesn't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Listen to this one!
Loved this album when I was a teen and still love it now for its relevance
Published 1 month ago by R. Sayans
4.0 out of 5 stars My first PE CD.
Some people may call this old school but I like PE's sound and I appreciate its ability to start a new trend in American music. Read more
Published 5 months ago by R. Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars Sad But True
The scary guy at start of 'Apocalypse 91: Enemy Strikes Black' tells us: "The future holds nothing else but confrontation."
It was certainly true in 1991. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Robert Nemtusak
5.0 out of 5 stars 100% Classic
This album is a pure Platinum classic CD, nuff said! They don't make albums like this brings back memories of the 80's and 90's when music was at its best....!! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Tony M
5.0 out of 5 stars good quality CD
THE CD was very good I had no prolem with it did not take long to come thank you very much
Published 12 months ago by keith carter
3.0 out of 5 stars Apocalyse 91: The Enemy Strikes Back
This album has okay lyrics, but the beats are magnificent. It's good old school driving musiq, and you will be inspired by a few tracks.
Published 15 months ago by Jonathan Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic album from back in the day
It was all there, and it was as I remembered it. Good stuff. Most tracks are pretty good! I only dislike a few.
Published 21 months ago by Christopher Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah boyyzzzz
Public enemy number 1 - these guys still rock and always will. Cd is in great shape and plays perfect.
Published 22 months ago by DaDussa
5.0 out of 5 stars Public Enemy Numba' One, Booyyyyyeee!
One of my favorite rap albums from one of the best rap groups EVER. Only NWA comes close. Chuck D, Flavor Flav, and more make up the group. Read more
Published on August 7, 2012 by Mark J. House
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best
This is one of the best albums that came form Public Enemy!!! I actually got this album during my first week station in amberg west germany... This is an PE Classic!!!!
Published on October 13, 2009 by L. Lawson
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Censored lyrics
I'm tryin to find out the same info. I also have the cassette version and it's the same way. I'm hopin someone will read this and help me find the uncensored versions. Along with "Fight The Power" off of "Fear Of A Black Planet".
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