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It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back [Explicit Lyrics]

Public Enemy Audio CD
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1. Countdown To Armageddon
2. Bring The Noise
3. Don't Believe The Hype
4. Cold Lampin' With Flavor
5. Terminator X To The Edge Of Panic
6. Mind Terrorist
7. Louder Than A Bomb
8. Caught, Can We Get A Witness?
9. Show Em Whatcha Got
10. She Watch Channel Zero?!
11. Night Of The Living Baseheads
12. Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos
13. Security Of The First World
14. Rebel Without A Pause
15. Prophets Of Rage
16. Party For Your Right To Fight

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It Takes a Nation of Millions was the sign that hip-hop had exploded like a grenade. A rap record as abrasive, hard-core and eloquent as a Winston Churchill speech, the 1988 disc is one classic track after another: tense, multilayered, harmonically wild music. Chuck D declaims like a master preacher with foil Flavor Flav's voice darting around his. They have got the desperate energy of people fighting for their lives, and everything from their pumped-up rhetoric ("Prophets of Rage") to the group's quasi-paramilitary organisation, to the sirens and sax squeals in nearly every track declares how urgent their mission is. It is a hugely influential album, and it still sounds fresh and frightening after all these years. --Douglas Wolk

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5.0 out of 5 stars even for the metal heads March 26 2004
Format:Audio CD
Let me first start out by saying rap is a new thing for me. I generally listen to metal (sludge, doom, death, black, power) and hardcore punk. The next thing is that this cd is awsome. Funked out beats and very powerful lyrics. I also have to dissagree with the people that say they are racist. They arent just because they mistrust our goverment, (and rightfully so) dosent mean they are racist. They teamed up with Anthrax, remember? Im not going to do a song by song review, but let me say "Black steele in the hour of Chaos" is one of the best songs ever written. If you want a fast paced cd that packs a punch than this is for you. The lyrics arnt for the ignorant. Well perhaps they are and thats why they were written in the first place. Defiant, angery, and politaclly charged all the way. Greate cd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Louder Than a Bomb May 9 2002
By Bill
Format:Audio CD
The second you pop this album into the CD player you are instantly grabbed and shaken by it's forcefulness. It Takes a Nation...is one of the best hip-hop albums I have ever listened to.
Chuck-D, though not as technically brilliant on the mick as say Cali-Tuna from Jurassic Five or Common, he is arguably the best writer in hip-hop history. Most MC's are stuck trying to figure out how to rearrange swear words in their verse, but Chuck-D has written some intellegent lyrics. I may not agree with everything he says but at least he's saying something.
The production is also flawless. This should be what hip hop production is like today. The only one to come close to it nowadays is Outkast. The Bomb Squad use samples from everywhere to produce a wall of sound that is uncomparable to anything but Pauls Boutique by the Beastie Boys.
The only things I didn't like about the album were it's lack of bass and the seemingly pointless inclusion of Flava Flav. Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos is one of the best rap songs of all time. When I listen to it I automatically bob my head, but it would be a truly break neck beat if a slinky bass line was added at least in the pauses between verses. Second I don't really see the point in Flava Flav proclaiming the groups atributes on every track. He doesn't have any verses outside of Cold Lampin With Flavor, all he does is say yeah boyee before every song.
Anyway those are nitpicky problems. The whole album is excellent, and ranks up their with Pauls Boutique by the Beastie Boys as the two greatest rap albums ever recorded.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Public Enemy shall go down in history as one of the greatest Hip-
Hop/Rap groups of all time, and certainly as the greatest "conscious" rap group of all-time. "It Takes A Nation of Millions" is P.E.'s seminal work, though an argument can easily be made that Public Enemy equalled the ante with "Fear Of A Black Planet."
As a freshman at Florida A &M in college, I was just beginning to develop into consciousness, when I heard the song "Don't Believe The Hype." The sample, Chuck D's voice, and Terminator X's scratches on this hit song are awesome, and I went out and bought the tape cassette on the strength of that one song. Equally engrossing tracks are "Bring The Noise", "Night of the Living Baseheads" (which features searing condemnations against drug pushers), "Can I get a witness", and "Louder Than A Bomb", and "Rebel without a pause". However, I would errant if I failed to include easily one of the greatest songs to grace rap music-Black Steel In the Hour of Chaos. Chuck D speaks to the issues of Black Men serving in the military, mistreatment of Blacks (and really by implication Latino's, poor Whites, and others)in the judicial system, and prison atrocities. I don't think I have ever heard a album so awesomely representing a fusion of funk, soul, rock, and heavy-metal, that comes out super-smooth, like this one. And the entire CD is superb. Public Enemy's music has spread to Europe and Asia, and their concerts are attended by a diverse crowd.
Really, people slept on P.E. because their first CD was not really hardcore pro-black, pro-consciousness, and pro-humanity. (Yo Bum Rush the Show). So for those who didn't know the group, this CD woke up the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest Rap CD Ever Made!!!!!!!!!!!!!! May 26 2001
Format:Audio CD
This album is a non-stop attack on your ears that you wish would never end. So I highly request that you buy this and put an extra dollar in their pockets. 1. Countdown to Armageddon- is an ok begining but i recomend skiping it- 7
2. Bring The Noise- Classic-10
3. Don't Believe The Hype- Another Classic- 10
4. Cold Lampin' With Flavor- Flavor is not a great rapper but it is still a pretty good song- 7
5. Terminator X To The Edge Of Panic- This show X's great DJing skills and is another great Track- 9.5
6. Mind Terrorist- This is not a track that you will listen to by its self, but you will listen to it when it comes up- 9
7. Loudre Than A Bomb- This just another great track that everone in the world should hear at least once before they die- 10
8. Caught, Can We Get A Witness- This shows how Chuck Feels about sampling and how he thinks that music should not be copyrighted and that he should be allowed to use whatever he wants- 9
9. Showem What You What You Got- Another track you will like but will not pick up the CD to listen to- 9
10. She Watch Channel Zero?!- This is my favorite song because of the mix of the guitar riff and the the great beat- 10
11. Night Of The Livng Bashheads- This is a Ok track to me but compared with what else is out there this track is amazing.
12. Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos- This track is amazing just amazing I would just recomend the album if this was the only song on it and it cost $50 bucks!!!!- 10
13. Security Of The First World- This a song made for the S1W's when they go on stage to do marching moves to- 7
14. Rebel Without A Pause- This song was the first ever PE club hit and it is an amazing song with a great saxaphone scriech that so maney other rappers now use (Dr. Dre, RZA, ECT.)- 10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dont slag this record...
...because you're a hip-pop loving doucher.
This is a cornerstone of hip-hop and should be treated as such and if this was all then I would probably not even be writing this... Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by Cancer
1.0 out of 5 stars Where Have You BEEN All My Life?
Why have I been wasting my time listening to Charlie Parker and Claude Debussy all these years? What ever made me think that Aretha Franklin and Gundula Janowitz could actually... Read more
Published on June 8 2004 by Remy Hillaire
4.0 out of 5 stars Genius but can get annoying
Well this cd presents the dualities of rap: great flow and great beats and complete obnoxiousness. Both rappers Flavor Flav and Chuck d are obviously very talented and deserve more... Read more
Published on May 25 2004 by S. Koropeckyj
2.0 out of 5 stars No Boyeee!
I wanted to like this album, but after the hearing Flava Flav shout "yeah boyee!" for the 100th time I lost my enthusiasm. Read more
Published on May 10 2004 by "bubba_sparks"
5.0 out of 5 stars Probally the most influential Rap album 1-A
This album is considered a classic and the rock list have this one as the Top Rap album of them all. Read more
Published on April 22 2004 by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars What a GROUNDBREAKING moment in hip hop
If you are a long time hip hop fan like me, you remember the explosive year that was 1988, with all of the TIMELESS classics that were released that will stand the test of of time. Read more
Published on April 7 2004 by Wayne Maye
5.0 out of 5 stars Freedom Is A Road Seldom Traveled By The Multitude
What can I say? Public Enemy is the most politically strong album of all time. It is outspoken and fearless. It tells basically the truth about America and what many people feel. Read more
Published on March 28 2004 by Done with it.
5.0 out of 5 stars The classic of rap music
Considering I don't like much rap music but for this I'll make a major exception. This is the most explosive thing I've ever heard and must be in everybody's collection. Read more
Published on March 14 2004 by filterite
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Skool Hardcore Rappers
Yo! Bum Rush the Show was an invigorating record, but it looks like child's play compared to its monumental sequel, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, a record that... Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2004 by "xklox"
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily One of the 5 Best Hip Hop LP's Ever
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Published on Jan. 25 2004 by Ephram Da Retarded Rabbit
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