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Fear of a Black Planet

Public EnemyAudio CD
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listen  1. Contract On The World Love Jam (Instrumental) 1:44$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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  • 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 (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,647 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
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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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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
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars The best album ever!! 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best Rap, PERIOD (4.5/5) January 20, 2011
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Public Enemy, what else can you say about these guys? One of the most well known rap artists than proved who artistic the genre can be, Public Enemy still stands out on it's own when it comes to rap, and they are a cornerstone rap band to the genre. Will all due respect to their breakout It Takes A Nation of MIllions, I have to we reasonable with myself and claim that Fear of Black Planet is my favorite Public Enemy album than the former. It quite simply is home to some of the best rap EVER, even though it's not quite perfect in some ways.

I do want to stress something, that this album does seem to have a bit amount of filler. Public Enemy, in my opinion, sometimes have a weakness in their music, when the music sometimes doesn't really engage. Sometimes they seem content on making their music as heavy, as angry, and amelodic as possible, the point where it comes sort of, well, boring. Case in point would be War at 33 1/3, which is dull and boring to listen to, it just doesn't work.I'm not sure if it's personal tastes or not, but I would be lying to you if I didn't tell you I didn't care for songs such as the Title Track, Pollywantacracka, Who Stole the Soul and some others. Call me picky, but well, they don't really engage or work very well, which is sort of a shame.

Despite all this, why am I giving this a near perfect score? Simple: The material on here that kicks is AWESOME, some of the BEST Hip-Hop, ever. Some of the songs don't quite work for me, for the reasons above. That said, when these guys cook, hang on to your hat because you will most likely lose it. Kinetic, dense, urgent, and funky as hell, black politics (no, they are NOT racist) have never been as fun, assertive, and serious all in one package.
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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 2 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 6 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 7 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 8 months ago by Sharon Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Public Enemy
As they progressed through the years, they just appeared to get even better and more tuned into putting out one great hit after another and this album is yet another example of... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Vaughn Bremer
5.0 out of 5 stars epic hip hop
very happy about this purchase. It arrived in the mail super quick and well packaged. definitely great great great customer service.
Published 19 months ago by mikey mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Public Enemy - Fear of A Black Planet
If you like Public Enemy this is a must have. Each cut resounds better than the last. Chuck D and the boys always have a message on every song.
Published on December 27, 2011 by BigK
5.0 out of 5 stars My # 1 Rap Album ALLTIME
Chuck D the philosopher. Terminator X invented the Chronic beat and mixed it with hardcore funk. Still the hardest and most original sound. Read more
Published on August 9, 2011 by Read to Think
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Race
Although Public Enemy spoke to black-oppression, the passion and delivery of their message awoke the rage in far more than African-Americans. Read more
Published on September 30, 2010 by DigDug
5.0 out of 5 stars Such truth in the lyrics
Especially 911 Is A Joke. I grew up in Los Angeles, and remember very clearly how when people from South Central would call 911, it would literally take hours for the paramedics... Read more
Published on September 7, 2010 by Turtles all the Way Down™
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