As I review this retrospectively, a decade further on, I can recall the anticipation of its release, on import and then over here, which has not been matched by any other hip hop album since.It had a lot to live up to when inevitably contrasted with 'A nation of millions', but was none the less seminal for the advent of hip hop into the 90's and beyond. 'Welcome to the terrordome' set the scene as an uncompromising and inevitably controversial first release that proved in my opinion to be perhaps P.Es greatest hour. When hip hop needed credence and a cornerstone for a new decade, 'Fear of a black planet' provided just that, and P.E delivered the funk. The bomb squad were reaching unattained heights in the use of sampling, and Chuck D's lyrical dexterity was peaking, combining with genuinely provocative content, without the use of shock tactics for the sake of it. In essence, along with KRSONE, P.E were providing dynamic, socially relevant hip hop which transcened cliche and hype. Despite lacking the singular bombs of their former masterpiece, this album was certainly an almagamation of concepts, which remains innovative and classic today, and the production has stood the test of time, as well as any other album from that era. There was a feeling that P.E. would never again get as good as this, but this was enough to hold aloft as what the future was meant to sound like.