|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|
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.
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.
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