New Ace Album ‘WHAT YOU GONNA DO WHEN THE GRID GOES DOWN’ By Rap Icons PUBLIC ENEMY

26 September 2020

Band: Public Enemy
Album: What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down? – 15th LP
with a long cast of guests: Cypress Hill, Mike D & Ad Rock, Run DMC, Nas,
Rhapsody, Ice-T, James Bomb, and more.
Released: 25 September 2020

NME says: Still bringing the noise after being in the game for over 30 years, this album is Public Enemy’s best effort since 1998’s ‘He Got Game’. Continuing to hold leaders accountable in a time when it’s truly needed, the group’s fearless expressions of truth sound right at home pinned to a jet-fuelled backdrop of rip-roaring beats that hammer your eardrums and capture everything hip-hop should stand for.” – Full review here. Score: 4/5.

Chuck D.: “My battle is with Trump – to look at this guy that I’ve known since the early ‘80s. I’m from New York and I’ve seen all his bullshit and the mind games that he’s played on the country and the world. He’s just got to go. Fuck waiting ‘til November. We’re trying to Nixonise this guy. We’re trying to get him to step down quick now. If the world can’t stand him and half the country can’t stand him, then why is he there?”

Full album…

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50 Greatest ROLLING STONE Albums Of All Time – No 48 Black Records Matter

4 September 2020

Band: Public Enemy
Album: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Released: 28 June 1988

Keyline: BLACK LIVES MATTER (yes, 32 years ago too, bully Trump!)

AllMusic wrote: “‘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 rewrote the rules of what hip-hop could do. That’s not to say the album is without precedent, since what’s particularly ingenious about the album is how it reconfigures things that came before into a startling, fresh, modern sound. Public Enemy used the template Run-D.M.C. created of a rap crew as a rock band, then brought in elements of free jazz, hard funk, even musique concrète, via their producing team, the Bomb Squad, creating a dense, ferocious sound unlike anything that came before.”
Score: 5/5.


Full
album…

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Key tracks: Rebel Without A Cause / Don’t Believe The Hype / Bringe The Noise

– REBEL WITHOUT A PAUSE –

– DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE –

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– BRING THE NOISE –

Full album…

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Hell Yeah! PUBLIC ENEMY Dropped New Slam STATE OF THE UNION (STFU) featuring DJ PREMIER

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

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20 June 2020

I actually wondered when political rap legends PUBLIC ENEMY would come up
with a statement following the dramatic and cowardly killings of two of their black brothers causing massive protests. And here they are.

STATE OF THE UNION (STFU) is a direct attack on that tremendously narcissistic
and totally incompetent idiot in the White House. A “me, myself and I” president who
closes his eyes for reality and pretends he has all problems – and there are many
in the land of opportunities – under control. He doesn’t make America great again,
he splits it severely. He turned the country into the Divided States Of America.

Public Enemy worked with the famous DJ Premier for this raging ripper. The
accompanying black-and-white video features footage of the recent protests.

Bring it on Chuck D.

“Orange hair! Fear the combover!Unprecedented! Demented!
Many prisoners! Nazi gestapo dictator defended!”

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Eye-Catching Album Covers – PUBLIC ENEMY

Great album covers from the past…

3 June 2020

‘It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back’ by PUBLIC ENEMY
Released 28 June 1988 – the band’s second album.
Charted for 47 weeks on the US Charts, peaking at #42
and was certified Platinum by the RIAA in 1989.

Two of the powerful tracks…

– REBEL WITHOUT A PAUSE –

– DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE –

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Album In full…

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PUBLIC ENEMY Released Razor-Sharp Album ‘IT TAKES A NATION OF MILLIONS TO HOLD US BACK’ Thirty Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

27 June 2018

Band: PUBLIC ENEMY

Album: IT TAKES A NATION OF MILLIONS TO HOLD US BACK – their 2nd LP

Released: 28 June 1988 – 30 years ago

ROLLING STONE wrote: “Loud, obnoxious, funky, avant-garde, political, hilarious. Public Enemy’s brilliant second album is all of these things, all at once. Chuck D booms intricate rhymes with a delivery inspired by sportscaster Marv Albert; sidekick Flavor Flav raps comic relief; and production team the Bomb Squad builds mesmerizing, multilayered jams, pierced with shrieking sirens. The title and roiling force of “Bring the Noise” is truth in advertising. “If they’re callin’ my music ‘noise,'” said Chuck D, “if they’re saying that I’m really getting out of character being a black person in America, then fine – I’m bringin’ more noise.”

TURN UP THE VOLUME says: these explosive rap masters were the most furious,
the most opinionated and the most inspiring ones ever. Pure street punk poetry!

THREE TOP TRACKS: Bring The Noise / Don’t Believe The Hype / Caught, Can We Get A Witness

* BRING THE NOISE

* DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE

* CAUGHT, CAN WE GET A WITNESS

Album in full
(#1 – #16)

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PUBLIC ENEMY: Website – Facebook – All Albums

TODAY’S YESTERDAY ALBUM – ‘Fear Of A Black Planet’ – Third LP By PUBLIC ENEMY…

Remarkable albums from the past

‘Fear Of A Black Planet’
PUBLIC ENEMY

Released: 10 April 1990
Third longplayer

NME wrote: ” ‘Fear Of A Black Planet’ stands as a masterpiece of righteous anger and
furious energy. Lyrically, tragically, tracks like ‘911 Is A Joke’ and ‘Fight The Power’ returned
to the forefront of the cultural discourse last year after the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown at the hands of the American police. Musically, The Bomb Squad’s ability to create order from a white noise chaos of sampled loops, stolen riffs and radio chatter foreshadowed the coming technological overload of the 21st Century. Sprawling over 20 tracks, ‘Fear Of A Black Planet’ is hip-hop at it’s most musically ambitious.”
– Full review here.

TURN UP THE VOLUME says: Best razor-sharp rap punks ever…

TOP TRACK: 911 Is A Joke

Album in full…

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Significant Singles Turning 30 In 2018 – Here Are TURN UP THE VOLUME’S 10 Picks…

Going back in sonic history…

1988 was a year of versatile vibes and kicks
Here are TURN UP THE VOLUME’S ten picks…

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1/ ‘Fiesta’ by THE POGUES
Ultimate party cracker…
Album: ‘If I Should Fall From Grace With God’

2/ ‘Wrote For Luck’ by HAPPY MONDAYS
Eight miles high…
Album: ‘Bummed’

3/ ‘Sidewalking’ by THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN
Psych pop pearl…
Album: ‘Barbed Wire Kisses’

4/ ‘People Have The Power’ by PATTI SMITH
Sing it loud, maybe it’ll help…
Album: ‘Dream Of Life’

5/ ‘Gigantic’ by PIXIES
Kim Deal on a roll…
Album: ‘Surfer Rosa’

6/ ‘Hit The North’ by THE FALL
You can dance to The Fall…
Album: ‘The Frenz Experiment’

7/ ‘Don’t Believe The Hype’ by PUBLIC ENEMY
Just believe Public Enemy…
Album: ‘It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back’

8/ ‘Sweet Child O’Mine’ by GUNS N’ ROSES
Massive rock and roll riffs…
Album: ‘Appetite For Destruction’

9/ ‘Orange Crush’ by R.E.M.
R.E.M. becoming a big alt act…
Album: ‘Green’

10/ ‘Christine’ by THE HOUSE OF LOVE
Pure pop melancholia…
Album: ‘The House Of Love’

PUBLIC ENEMY – Debut Album ‘YO! BUM RUSH THE SHOW’ Is 30…

Looking back in time… memorable moments in sonic history!

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Thirty years ago – 10 February 1987 – political rap activists PUBLIC ENEMY released
their much praised and controversial debut album YO! BUM RUSH THE SHOW. A highly electrifying and explosive record dealing mostly with black anger and the frustrations of the oppressed African American community. It’s almost incredible that thirty years on, racism is still/again an alarmingly major issue. The Rick Rubin produced LP is regarded
as one of most influential albums in hip hop history. For British weekly NME it was their 1987 album of the year and Rolling Stone Magazine listed it in his 500 greatest albums
of all time
and, yes, Welsh rockers Manic Street Preachers were huge fans…

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Here’s a review by AllMusic:

“Sometimes, debut albums present an artist in full bloom, with an assured grasp on their sound
and message. Sometimes, debut albums are nothing but promise, pointing toward what the artist could do. Public Enemy’s gripping first album, Yo! Bum Rush the Show, manages to fill both categories: it’s an expert, fully realized record of extraordinary power, but it pales in comparison with what came merely a year later. This is very much a Rick Rubin-directed production, kicking heavy guitars toward the front, honing the loops, rhythms, and samples
into a roar with as much in common with rock as rap. The Bomb Squad are apparent, but they’re in nascent stage — certain sounds and ideas that would later become trademarks bubble underneath the surface. And the same thing could be said for Chuck D, whose searing, structured rhymes and revolutionary ideas are still being formed. This is still the sound of a group comfortable rocking the neighborhood, but not yet ready to enter the larger national stage. But, damn if they don’t sound like they’ve already conquered the world! Already, there is a tangible, physical excitement to the music, something that hits the gut with relentless force, as the mind races to keep up with Chuck’s relentless rhymes or Flavor Flav’s spastic outbursts. And if there doesn’t seem to be as many classics here — “You’re Gonna Get Yours,” “Miuzi Weighs a Ton,” “Public Enemy No. 1″ — that’s only in comparison to what came later, since by any other artist an album this furious, visceral, and exciting would unquestionably be heralded as a classic. From Public Enemy, this is simply a shade under classic status.”

The hip hop fury in full…

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