Vous voulez voir cette page en français ? Cliquez ici.


or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
or
Amazon Prime Free Trial required. Sign up when you check out. Learn More
More Buying Choices
Fulfillment Express CA Add to Cart
CDN$ 15.47
Have one to sell? Sell yours here

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

Public Enemy Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
Price: CDN$ 7.93 & FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 25. Details
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 1 left in stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca. Gift-wrap available.
Want it delivered Friday, July 11? Choose One-Day Shipping at checkout.

Frequently Bought Together

It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back + Fear Of A Black Planet + Yo! Bum Rush The Show
Price For All Three: CDN$ 22.86

Show availability and shipping details

  • In Stock.
    Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca.
    FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ CDN$ 25. Details

  • Fear Of A Black Planet CDN$ 5.00

    In Stock.
    Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca.
    FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ CDN$ 25. Details

  • Yo! Bum Rush The Show CDN$ 9.93

    In Stock.
    Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca.
    FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ CDN$ 25. Details


Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought


Product Details


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

Product Description

Amazon.ca

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

Product Description

Public Enemy ~ It Takes A Nation Of Millions

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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.
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a GROUNDBREAKING moment in hip hop April 7 2004
Format:Audio CD
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. Public Enemy's second album, It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, is one of the most influential albums to ever be released in music. NO ONE, other than Krs-One, came this politically correct on an album. Chuck D's delivery is so CAPTIVATING on this album that ever song he's on, you just have to listen to him all the way through. And what resulted was one EXCELLENT album. Here's the review:
Album Highlights: Let's keep it real, this entire album is worth listening to all the way through.
Production: Thumbs up, The Bomb Squad at their best.
Lyrics and Subject Matter: Thumbs up.
Originality: Thumbs Up.
The Last Word: This is a MUST HAVE for any collection. I true masterpiece in the history of hip hop. Hip hop will NEVER be like this again. Another STRONG RECOMMENDATION.
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Freedom Is A Road Seldom Traveled By The Multitude March 28 2004
Format:Audio CD
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. Public Enemyis the frontrunner to this kind of music, only to be rivalled by NWA and their outspoken album 'Stright Outta Compton' Public Enemy didn't have trashy lyrics filled with swears and misleading long phrases. They went straight to the point and finished what they were saying, no matter how controvertial itmay be. The best tracks on this album are "Black Steel in Hour of Chaos" "Louder Than A Bomb" "Rebel Without a Pause" "Don't Believe the Hype" and "Bring the Noise"
This album is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to ANY hip-hop fan. It is a hip-hop essential. With Chuck D's and Flavor Flav's outspoken lyrics and Terminator X's DJing. It is a true, hardcore album and is their best by a LONG shot.
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chuck? Hank? Keith? Eric? You guys out there? June 3 2003
Format:Audio CD
What can I possibly say about PE that hasn't been said a thousand times over? That's right--nada. At risk of sounding partisan (I am a Hip-Hop head from way back), no one, in any genre, in the late 20th Century impacted music the way Chuck and Co. did (save, perhaps, Nirvana). PE, at its best, was phenomenal--and "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back" was PE at its pinnacle (with "Fear of a Black Planet" not terribly far behind). If you are a lover of music, buy this record. Shocklee's production is groundbreaking, and Chuck's flow is incredible--15 years later and the sound still isn't dated. Almost makes one long for a reunion. Chuck? Hank? Keith? Eric? Any chance of you guys getting back into the lab to revamp that Bomb Squad recipe?--together? Well--I won't hold my breath. Fortunately, with classics like "ITANOMTHUB" still in reach, I don't have to.
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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.
Was this review helpful to you?
Want to see more reviews on this item?
Most recent customer reviews
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 26 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 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
Aside from perhaps 'Paid In Full', this album may be the single most influential album in hip hop. If you gave this album less than 5 stars out of 5, you cannot legitimately call... Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2004 by Ephram Da Retarded Rabbit
5.0 out of 5 stars A great landmark in music
Having bought this album in 1988 and not coming from a Rap/Black background, I found this album to be mind blowingly good. Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2004 by M F DIVER
5.0 out of 5 stars "Wax is for Anthrax;still it can rock bells"
As a life long listener and lover of hip hop music, I can say without hestitation that this the "Neo" of hip hop; otherwise known as THE ONE. Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2004 by hiphopforlife
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Look for similar items by category


Feedback