Public Enemy Fear of a Black Planet
Spin: Ranked #2 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s."
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- Released: July 26, 1994
- Originally Released: 1990
- Label: Def Jam
Rolling Stone - 5/13/99, p.70Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."
Rolling Stone - 5/17/904 Stars - Excellent - "...Public Enemy has never aimed for anything less than a comprehensive view of contemporary black America...FEAR OF A BLACK PLANET complements this ambition with stunning maturity and sophistication..."
Spin - 9/99, p.116Ranked #2 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s."
Entertainment Weekly"...most powerful rap group..." - Rating: A
Q - 12/99, p.68Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."
Q - 2/914 Stars - Excellent - Recommended by Q as one of the five best rap albums of 1990 and ranked as one of the Fifty Best Albums of 1990. - "...scalding attack on white supremacy..."
Q - 9/95, p.1325 Stars - "...achieved the near impossible by being every bit as good as its predecessor. The music was Public Enemy's now-familiar scream but was augmented with a percussive tinge that reflected the ever greater Afrocentricity..."
Melody Maker - 7/22/95, p.35Bloody Essential - "...slower, denser...funky. And it was a masterpiece....It's beyond perfect, built like a platinum beehive and stuffed with cordite--The Bomb Squad's last hands-on job for PE before they took on the task of...Ice Cube..."
NME (Magazine) - 10/2/93, p.29Ranked #37 in NME's list of the 'Greatest Albums Of All Time.'
NME (Magazine) - 7/15/95, p.4710 (out of 10) - "...where do you go once you've made the greatest hip-hop album ever? Unbelievably, you consolidate that with an equally splendid follow-up....This time the sounds were softened slightly with flashes of 'real' instrumentation but the content remained as astonishingly tough and intelligent as before..."
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- $1.29 on iTunes10.Power to the People
- $1.29 on iTunes11.Who Stole the Soul?
- $1.29 on iTunes12.Fear of a Black Planet
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- $1.29 on iTunes18.War at 33 1/3
- $1.29 on iTunes19.Final Count of the Collision Between Us and the Damned - (TRUE instrumental)
- $1.29 on iTunes20.Fight the Power
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Public Enemy: Chuck D [Carlton Ridenhour]; Flavor Flav (vocals); Terminator X (scratches); Professor Griff, Brother James I, Agent Attitude, James Bomb, Brother Mike.
Additional personnel: Ice Cube, Big Daddy Kane (vocals); Branford Marsalis (saxophone); Paul Shabazz (programming); Wizard K-Jee (scratches).
Engineers include: Rod Hui, Chris Shaw, Kirk Yano.
Recorded at Greene Street Recording, New York, New York; The Music Palace, West Hempstead and Spectrum City Studios, Long Island, New York.
Personnel: Branford Marsalis (saxophone); Eric Sadler, Paul Shabazz (programming); Norman Rogers (scratches).
Audio Mixers: Christopher Shaw ; Dan Wood; Mike Bona; Paul Eulin; Nick Sansano ; Rod Hui.
Recording information: Greene Street Recording, New York, NY; Music Palace, West Hampstead, NY; Spectrum City Studios, Strong Island.
Directors: Eric Sadler; Carl Ryder; Hank Shocklee; Keith Shocklee.
Photographer: Jules Allen.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Flavor Flav; Ice Cube; Professor Griff; Big Daddy Kane; Chuck D .
Arrangers: Eric Sadler; Carl Ryder; Hank Shocklee; Keith Shocklee.
If Public Enemy's two previous albums had ruffled feathers, Fear Of A Black Planet set out its stall to exploit mainstream fears. Again, the title spoke volumes. This time they raged just as hard, but their political consciousness had grown. Professor Griff had been ejected from the band for his anti-Semitic stance, and much of the album's atmosphere is created by the bunker mentality of resultant clashes with the press. The siege mentality only underscores the group's hard-nosed, cut-and-paste sample technique and the eloquence of Chuck D. 'Fight The Power' still bites harder than just about any other track in rap's history.
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