It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold us Back

  • Type: Music
  • By: Public Enemy
  • Age Category: Adults
  • Genre: Rap
  • Recommended by: Sean L.
  • ISBN/UPC: 731452735829
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The album that forever changed Hip Hop

Prior to this album Hip Hop was mostly party and dance music. There was The Message by Melle Mel and Grandmaster Flash and various other socially conscious songs, but nothing like this album.  Public Enemy set out to make a statement and wildly succeeded.  Not only was the lyrical content almost entirely focused on social commentary, but the sound of this record seemed to come out of nowhere.  Public Enemy's production team (dubbed the Bomb Squad) created a much faster and dense sound which was a stark contrast to the seemingly endless James Brown loops of Hip Hop at the time.  The results have been timeless as this album sounds just as intense and amazing as it did in 1988.