It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back Explicit Lyrics
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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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...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
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 morePublished on June 8 2004 by Remy Hillaire
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 morePublished on May 25 2004 by S. Koropeckyj
I wanted to like this album, but after the hearing Flava Flav shout "yeah boyee!" for the 100th time I lost my enthusiasm. Read morePublished on May 10 2004
This album is considered a classic and the rock list have this one as the Top Rap album of them all. Read morePublished on April 22 2004 by Chris
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 morePublished on April 7 2004 by Wayne Maye
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 morePublished on March 14 2004 by filterite
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 morePublished on Feb. 26 2004
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 morePublished on Jan. 25 2004 by Ephram Da Retarded Rabbit