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

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 13 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Universal TV
  • ASIN: B0000024K1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 121 customer reviews
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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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Japanese only SHM-CD (Super High Material CD - playable on all CD players) pressing. Universal. 2008.


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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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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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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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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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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