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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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  • 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 (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,618 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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I can't vote this as the Best Rap Album ever Made.
Save the last Biscuit
Yet back in the Day when Flavor was cracked out, he was with the likes of Chuck D and Terminator X in a very important rap group Public Enemy.
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The entire presentation is what makes their music artistically viable.
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92 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Alan Koslowski on 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 By A Customer on January 8, 2006
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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 By R. Riis VINE VOICE on July 10, 2001
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 1999
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 14, 1998
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Although most Public Enemy fans I know name 'It Takes A Nation of Millions..." as their all-time favorite PE album, it is impossible to deny that "Fear of A Black Planet" is the most politically-charged of any of the brilliant group's LPs.
In addressing such topics as interracial dating (track #7), Hollywood's persistent exploitation of blacks (#9), the chasm between white media and black America (#4), PE enlightens but does not moralize, they preach but do not judge. Apart and beyond all of this, Public Enemy advances a theory of why white people are innately afraid of black people: that a black man and black woman will beget black; a white man/black woman beget black; a black man/white woman beget black; yet only a white man and white woman will beget white; hence, the white man's subconscious fear of a lurking, gradual extermination, and the LP's title.
Whether the assorted voices of diplomats, zealots, and reactionaries in this recording appeal to your sensibilities or challenge your own system of beliefs, they will touch a nerve and make you think; which in the end, is all one can ask from any great work.
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