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The Evil Empire of Everything

Public Enemy Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 Nov 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wienerworld
  • ASIN: B0099MTZJW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,276 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Evil Empire of...
2. Don't Give Up the Fight
3. 1 (PEace)
4. 2 (resPEct) Spit Your Mind (Part I)
5. Beyond Trayvon
6. ...Everything
7. 31 Flavors Spit Your Mind (Part II)
8. Riotstarted!
9. Notice (Know This)
10. ICEbreaker
11. Fame Spit Your Mind (Part III)
12. Broke Diva
13. Say It Like It Really Is Spit Your Mind (Part IV)

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The Evil Empire of Everything the second instalment of the Rolling Stones of rap, Public Enemy leaves no stone unturned and is their 14th studio album to date. Dubbed the fraternal not identical twin album of Heroes , this much anticipated 13 track CD is an eclectic avant garde album, a fitting match to Heroes and it shows that even after 25 years, it'll still take a nation of millions to hold Public Enemy back. The rap group have of course recently been in the limelight due to their UK Indie chart-topping single Harder Than You Think, (#4 on the main UK singles charts) which was featured in an advert as part of Channel 4's Meet The Superhumans campaign for the 2012 Paralympics. Evil Empire features contributions from Ziggy Marley, Henry Rollins, Davy DMX and introduces lesser known names to the Planet Earth through their similar music and message vision. Songs like Don't Give Up The Fight, Beyond Trayvon and Icebreaker speak loudly and say plenty about today's often turbulent times and similarly the song Everything speaks volumes on the world around us. A must have millennium anthem for the music masses galore.

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5.0 out of 5 stars P.E. still going strong!!! 5 Jan 2013
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Cant belive the enemy are still turning out classic albums.After 25 years of hardcore hip hop music they still manage to come up with new ideas,musically and metaphorically.This is a must buy as they still know how to do it.Trust me i could be P.E's biggest fan.Its good to see them turning out new albums,and i still get the shivers down my spine with the sound of chuck d's barritone booming voice and flav's houmour.Dont stop,dont stop,the real hip hop....
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3.0 out of 5 stars Political voice still hangs 2 Sep 2013
By Rob
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Always been on the fence with PE .... Their old stuff was a mix of like and dislike for me .... Hard and soft sounds and sometimes sounding more like rock ..... Same here.

The political message stuff is still strong in the lyrics .... Message about tracks and rippoffs etc ...... Does get all a bit boring listening to people 'who have a voice' keeping on moaning and when nothing changes .....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait?? 10 Jan 2013
By Jay
As the owner of all of the Public Enemy back catalogue I was excited to hear of not one but two new albums this is the second one I listened to of the two and found the album flowed better than the first (most of my heroes) the songs were slicker and fitted the music better overall a good album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 8/10 - Good 28 Nov 2012
By J. Richardson - Published on Amazon.com
After July's Most of My Heroes Still Don't Appear on No Stamp, Public Enemy is back with their twelfth studio album. Chuck D stated in an interview that these two album are fraternal twins, but other than the fact that they were released in the same year these two are completely different from one another. In many ways this album improves on it's predecessor's missteps, but it has stronger shortcomings.

One of my issues with "Most of My Heroes..." was that Chuck D's flow was all over the place. Well on this he sounds a lot more comfortable which makes for a more enjoyable experience. Lyrically Chuck D is just Chuck D. Talking about politics, racism, and even giving us a Trayvon tribute on track five "Beyond Trayvon". He still fumbles a few times, most notable on track six "Everything": "Got no million follow friends on Twitter on Facebook. Look at my friends." It just sounds like it was a bad take, but they were too lazy to do another one. The beat for that song is amazing, but Chuck sounds uncomfortable on it.

Production wise this album is much more diverse than its "twin". You have the reggae influenced "Don't Give Up The Fight," the soul influenced "Everything," and the rock influenced "Riotstarted". In my opinion the production on this is more enjoyable than "Most of My Heroes..." I really enjoyed the production on the last album, but I enjoy some diversity so this album gets the W in that category.

With this album we see the return of Flavor Flav getting the spotlight on some songs. These songs, for me, have always been the low points of PE albums so I wasn't too excited about this. His songs really ruin the flow of the album and bring down the overall quality because they're so generic. The album ends with 2010's "Say It Like It Really Is" so I was excited that the song finally had a home on my iPod. It was a great way to end the album simply because it's what PE has been doing for close to three decades, sayin' it like it really is.

Standout Songs: "Don't Give Up The Fight (Feat. Ziggy Marley)," "2 (Respect) (Feat. Davy DMX)" & "Riotstarted (Feat. Tom Morello & Henry Rollins)"

Overall Score: 8/10 - Even though the production and Chuck's flow on this is better than the last album, those two Flavor Flav tracks really bring this down. As I said they ruin the flow of the album and it seems like they were placed in the worst positions possible. Still, this is a great album overall and I would recommend checking it out if you're a fan of PE.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Public Enemy Deliver On No Missunderstanding Here 12 Nov 2012
By Andre S. Grindle - Published on Amazon.com
When I heard about Public Enemy making a comeback in 2012,I was very excited to say the least. On the other hand this comeback seemed delayed for release again and again. By the time it finally arrived it came in the form of two seperate albums. The first of them was Most Of My Heroes Still Don't Appear On No Stamp,followed by this one as the second. That first album did a superb job at realizing PE's sociopolitical microscope in order to visually magnify a lot of the truths and contradictions we all see,but for the most part force ourselves to deny. And it did an excellent job,especially when it came to utilizing the musical medium of "the funk" to illustrate that almost like verbally expressed pages in a book. On the second part of the comeback,the same intention is there but the approach is slightly different.

Right off the bat,the musical difference expressed here is that this album focuses on music that is more epic and cinematic. The raps themselves are similarly expressed as very lyrical verses and choruses rather than James Brown style rapping/singing. On the title song,"Don't Give Up The Fight","PEace","ResPEct/Spit Out Your Mind","Riotstared" and "ICEbreaker" the overall intent here focuses more on the human side of societies ills. This is especially evident when the funk is again on heavily expressed in the music on "Beyond Trayvon",one of my favorites in it's tales on how racial profiling isn't just a problem in itself,but because it now has mainstream acceptability. A similar intent shows up on "Notice (Know This)". "Everything" is probably my favorite cut,sounding like an early 60's James Brown soul ballad with Gerald Albright on a sax solo guest spot with Chuck actually counting the blessings of his life,and they aren't the ones one might expect either.

The album closes with two heavily funk oriented numbers on "Broke Diva",which goes into the self victimization and manipulations of modern femininity and closes with "Say It Like It Really Is",where Chuck states that while he hasn't been consistently present with PE the way he was in the late 80's/early 90's that he still intends to keep his message of truth and honestly going forward and expressing it to the people. This along with the second PE release of this year it was paired up with make up for an excellent comeback. While I suppose this could've easily been released as a double album much in the same manner as OutKast's Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below,I can certainly Chuck D's viewpoint for the albums as two separate entities. Both make similar points. But they express them from somewhat reverse points of view both musically and thematically. This one of the two does so more with human drama. And that makes the topics PE express all the more relatable to those listening.
5.0 out of 5 stars SAY IT LIKE IT REALLY IS 23 Jun 2014
By jeff elmore - Published on Amazon.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars Put the source of information DOWN!!! 7 Aug 2013
By ChuckDeezul - Published on Amazon.com
PE has been 100% since go!
And for those who can't get with it, PUT THE POT HANDLE DOWN!
And get OUT of the KIT!chen
Come on, MAN! FAME, RIOTSTARTER, Broke Diva, 2 (Respect) with Davy DMX, 31 FLAVORS, SON???
Fame... I HATE IT!!!
4.0 out of 5 stars almost back to original form 23 Jun 2013
By michael paolozzi - Published on Amazon.com
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you can buy this record just for the riot started track alone featuring tom morello. chuck d and the audioslave guitar man should do a whole record ,absolutly f---ing brilliant. . Any time public enemy moves back towards its original intensity thats a good thing. especially in todays dumbed down jersy shore/ adam sandler/ krunk music culture: needed more now than ever
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