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Fear of a Black Planet

Public EnemyAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Contract On The World Love Jam (Instrumental) 1:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  3. 911 Is A Joke [Explicit] 3:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen14. Can't Do Nuttin' For Ya, Man! [Explicit] 2:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen16. Leave This Off Your Fu*Kin Charts (Instrumental) 2:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. B Side Wins Again 3:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. War At 33 1/3 2:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Final Count Of The Collision Between Us And The Damned (Instrumental)0:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
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Until Public Enemy, hip-hop was wrapped up in gold chains, fast women and being top dog in rap throwdowns. But with the group's rise, hip-hop gained a social and political consciousness. Emphasizing pride and condemning prejudice, Public Enemy became the most influential and controversial rap group of its time, hailed by history and by all who have since followed.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 26, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: 1990
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Def Jam
  • ASIN: B0000024IE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,714 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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PE's third album is dense, heavy, and urgent as a bullet. Fear of a Black Planet single-handedly added half a dozen phrases to the language, and not just from Chuck D.'s troop-rallying bellow--Flavor Flav's "911 Is a Joke" is as catchy an indictment of urban policy as anyone has ever come up with. The Bomb Squad's music is complicated, challenging, terse, and totally funky, and Chuck matches it with one impassioned pronouncement after another: on Hollywood's racism, on miscegenation, on "real history / Not his story." The album ends with "Fight the Power," the group's ultimate statement of purpose, from its pounding, atonal sound collage to its furious politics. Put Black Planet on, and it's always a long, hot summer. --Douglas Wolk

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92 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Rap Album Ever Made. January 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD
With It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back (1988), Public Enemy single-handedly shattered the limits and expanded the possibilities for hip-hop as an artist and cultural force. To that point, It Takes a Nation was the most inventive, powerful rap record ever. It's blend of diverse samples, infectious beats, and intelligent lyrics (delivered with irrepresible cogence by the band's frontman and lead rapper Chuck D) was unlike anything that preceded it. As tempting as it is to praise Public Enemy for their fiercly intelligent vision, the compelling delivery is what makes it all worthwhile. While secondary rapper Flavor Flav doesn't have Chuck D's powerful baritone or undeniable intelligence, his raps humorously compliment the groups militant ideals. Public Enemy's deft production team, aptly titled The Bomb Squad (which includes Chuck D, DJ Terminator X, and numerous studio technicians), manages to extract samples from eccletic sources, including John Coltrane, Van Halen, and speeches by Martin Luther King jr., and Malcom X. If this album had a flaw, it was that the themes were only loosely held together. All discuss African-American oppression, occasionally attacking it so ambiguously that the album sometimes feels a little unfocused. This isn't really a problem because the music is what ultimately holds this brilliant work together.
In 1990, after two years of controversy and uncertainty, Public Enemy returned with Fear of a Black Planet; the most coherent, focused rap album to date. On Fear of a Black Planet, Public Enemy amazingly build on the near perfection of It Takes a Nation, elevating the music to an even higher artistic level.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superior to "It Takes a Nation..."? (4.5 Stars) January 8, 2006
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Format:Audio CD
Nah. But Fear of a Black Planet is Public Enemy's most focused, commercially successful, and controversial album. In fact - trim off some of the fat here and you've got one of the best rap records ever.

The album kicks off with my personal favourite PE track, Brothers Gonna Work It Out, a high-octane track with loud bells and screaming guitar licks; musically dense as a track off It Takes a Nation, yet, a little more polished. Another Bomb Squad production masterpiece and Chuck does his thing once again. This song loudly screams, "PE IS BACK". While the rest of the album doesn't quite live up to Brothers Gonna Work It Out, that's similar to saying Nas never lived up to Illmatic, because this is a top-notch album. Welcome to the Terrordome and the title-track, Fear of a Black Planet are both classic PE tracks, and War at 33 1/3 sounds about as urgent as a timebomb. Flava Flav gets ample chances to shine on a couple of tracks as well; mocking the police on 911 is a Joke, and just cold lampin' on Can't Do Nuttin' for Ya Man.

And what would this album be - (or what would PE be, for that matter) - without the finishing blow on this album, Fight the Power; perhaps the quintessential PE track. Highly, highly recommended, but It Takes a Nation of Millions is better.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rap, hip-hop, rock classic July 10, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Back before there was East Coast and West Coast, Public Enemy were THE important artists in rap and this was their best CD. "Welcome to the Terrordome" is a classic in any genre, and "911 Is a Joke" is another gem. The whole CD holds together as one programmed piece of eloquent socio-politics and sonic art. One CD that every rock (let alone rap or hip-hop) fan should own.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rap heaven May 3, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Fear of a Black Planet transcends what we know as rap and goes down as just a great piece of work in any genre. This is an album that combines all the elements: vision, cohesion, originality, scope, ambition, confidence, substance, and relevance. From the sound bites of the opening track right on down to the call to arms of "Fight the Power", this masterpiece is breathtakingly on the mark. These songs deal with a wide range of subjects such as hope ("Brothers Gonna Work It Out"), interracial dating ("Pollywannacraka"), the bigotry of showbiz ("Burn Hollywood Burn"), and everything in between to create an album of sheer power. Even the throwaways like "B-Side Wins Again" and "Reggie Jax" keep the listener interested. Fear of a Black Planet is just a massive onslaught of song-tumbling-into-song that grabs your ears and refuses to let go. Chuck D has always been a master of the 5-minute rap song and on here, he delivers maybe his best ever on "Welcome to the Terrordome", Chuck D spilling his guts about everything that pisses him off at a schizophrenic pace about the dangers of propaganda. It is truly a magnificent and moving piece of personal songwriting. All in all, Fear of a Black Planet is right up there with Blur's The Great Escape, Radiohead's OK Computer, and Massive Attack's Mezzanine for best album of the 90's.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best album ever!! October 22, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
This album is incredible. It is very creative with it's massive layered sampling effects troughout the album. The dense sounds make me wanna get up and do something. Everytime I play this album I'm reminded of a hot summer where politics in the rap game were at large. This album maybe one of the most political albums of all time dealing with race realations,HIV,sexual differences,radio,corrupt police,hollywood expoitation of blacks,etc...... Evey song on this album is unique with layers and layers of noise. Best track...every track. P.E.ace
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Real old school, conscious hip hop!
Published 1 day ago by John H. Richmond Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Score~!
This classic is timeless. I didn't need a new copy, I bought it for much less as a used item. Delivered on time, sounds great.
Published 9 days ago by Denechek
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
It's okay. It's no Run DMC or even It takes A Nation of MIllions but it's okay. For older hip hop it's okay but you can do better.
Published 1 month ago by The White Pepper
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have for Every Hip-Hop Fan
'Fear of a Black Planet' is a nearly-perfect combination of music to move your feet and lyrics to make you think, lyrics that still are relevant to society today. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alexis Hidell
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Mook Scoop
Love it!! Real HipHop is a movement!
Published 2 months ago by THE MOOK!
5.0 out of 5 stars ALL TIME CLASSIC
PE's greatest Album. A must have for all hip hop fans. Other than LP, I have this on every format. Thats how much I like it.
Published 4 months ago by Penny Pincher
5.0 out of 5 stars dont be a enemy of the public, get this.
Public enemy on vinyl, got to love that, one if my first cassettes journeying into the rap/hip hop game. This is considered the place to start for public newbies.
Published 7 months ago by R. Curtis
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....!!
Published 12 months ago by Tony M
5.0 out of 5 stars Fight the power!
Got the album today, just came in! I'm a fan of public enemy and their music! Like their hit single fight the power. Read more
Published 12 months ago by camaroirocz94
5.0 out of 5 stars Best CD ever!
Wow....good timing when I purchased this product. Grew up on this music and was glad it was available. Great buy!
Published 14 months ago by Sharon Wilson
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