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Fear Of A Black Planet

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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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18. War At 33 1/3 2:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
19. Final Count Of The Collision Between Us And The Damned (Instrumental)0:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
20. Fight The Power 4:42$1.29  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (July 26, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Def Jam
  • ASIN: B0000024IE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
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95 of 99 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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12 of 12 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Private Quentin Tarantino Fan on 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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