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Apocolypse '91 CD

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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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  • Audio CD (September 6, 1994)
  • Parental Advisory ed. edition
  • 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 (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,103 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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.
Yes, in the past 2 decades, we've watched President Bill Clinton improve the USA's image regarding race relations.
Yes, the Bush Cheney Keystone Kops were only about 50% successful in their genocide bids.
And, the election of Illinois Senator Barack Obama in 2008 pointed the way to a brighter future.
Life isn't always 'nice and easy.'
Ridiculous speculators destroyed the economy in the months leading up to Obama's inauguration.
Bullies continue to foist their brutality on anyone they don't like.
Instead of respect, tolerance, and optimism, planet Earth at the end of 2013 looks to be a land of caution and mistrust.
I read some of Public Enemy pooh-bah Chuck D's writings, around the time of the 2008 Presidential Elections.
Naively or not, I agreed, that however flawed Obama and other Democrats are, they appeared up to the task of fixing a broken country.
Well, it looks as though the three-piece-suit KKK that Chuck D sings about on this recording are still in charge.
America's "lone superpower" status was a new thing in 1991.
Perhaps if 'Apocalypse 91' had reached a wider audience back then, this review would make more sense.
Sure, some things are good in America today.
Just like in 1991.
Then again, the bad stuff is still intolerable.
We hear about what a "meritocracy" dorks like Bill Gates and Vladimir Putin have crafted.
Turns out, the new boss IS the same as the old boss.
If not for diversions like professional sports, we might see the USA's phony meritocracy disintegrate into anarchy.
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