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How You Sell Soul To A Souless People Who Sold Their Soul

Public Enemy Audio CD
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Until Public Enemy, hip-hop was wrapped up in gold chains, fast women and being top dog in rap throwdowns. But with the group's rise, hip-hop gained a social and political consciousness. Emphasizing pride and condemning prejudice, Public Enemy became the most influential and controversial rap group of its time, hailed by history and by all who have since followed.

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  • Audio CD (13 Aug 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Shellshock
  • ASIN: B000TJ6A06
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,467 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. How You Sell Soul To A Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul?
2. Black Is Back
3. Harder Than You Think
4. Between Hard And A Rock Place
5. Sex, Drugs And Violence
6. Amerikan Gangster
7. Can You Hear Me Now
8. Head Wide Shut
9. Flavor Man
10. The Enemy Battle Hymn Of The Public
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. (Bonus DVD)

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BBC Review

Let's get the obvious stuff out of the way first: yes, the mighty Chuck D and his cohorts STILL offer a fantastically visceral alternative to the gangsta stereotypes of East vs West Coast/bling/ and even the so-called 'intelligent' egotism of Kanye West. Yes, the band still addresses the political and sociological subjects that would tax the flows of 90% of other rappers. And yes, this HAS to be the best album title of the year.

HYSSTASPWSTS (to give it its due abbreviation) is all the above but also has, as its central premise, the notion that perhaps the USA has lost its ability to send music straight to the people's hearts. Good point, and all backed-up with a fierce rhetoric spat over beats and funky loops that are so in-your-face as to feel like they've lodged themselves inside your sinuses.

Starting in a remarkably upbeat mood, HYSSTASPWSTS turns darker when the state of modern R'n'B gets its come-uppance on tracks like 'Sex Drugs And Violence ' (featuring the conscious rhymes of a guesting KRS-One), 'Frankenstar' or 'Amerikan Gangster'. The days of Hank Shocklee's Bomb Squad may be gone, but Gary G Wiz's production incorporates enough funk, psychedelic rock and rib-crushing beats to make Public Enemy's sound almost as insistent as their halcyon days.

Even the man who seemingly single-handedly tried to destroy his band's legacy, Flavor Flav, reins in his japery and turns in two absolutely fine self-promotional tracks as well as an compelling autobiographical tale on 'Bridge Of Pain'. By 'The Long And Whining Road' (where Chuck even namechecks his favourite Dylan tracks) the whole vibe's turned slightly surreal. 'Eve Of Destruction' - Barry Maguire's protest song updated for today's middle eastern conflict - should convince any doubters that PE still have plenty of thought-provoking moves left.

The sleevenotes address the age-old concerns of any artist who's suffered at the hands of an industry bent on restricting the output and distribution of musicians' work. This may obscure the deeper message of PE that resides in the grooves, but in the end this album speaks for itself. A whole generation may just now pay lip service to the legacy of Chuck D etc. but HYSSTASPWSTS stands tall on its own terms. --Jerome Blakeney

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best PE album for years! 21 Jan 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
After several albums that showed promise but in my opinion never really delivered, Public Enemy have finally given us their strongest material since the golden age of Def Jam and it's fitting that it happens on their 20th anniversary. Every track on this album is good and most are better than anything else they have recorded since the 90's. 'Harder Than You Think' is an instant Hip-hop classic and when I watched the video it really brought a smile to my face to see Chuck and Flav still going strong, even as they are close to 50 years of age! On previous albums their message has seemed a bit dated and coupled with mediocre production, it left me thinking PE had gone stale and were past it. However the production and beats are stronger on this album with the subject matter more varied. Flavour Flav's customary solo tracks are stronger than many of his previous efforts which have been largely irritating and tracks you often skipped on repeated listens. Overall this is a triumphant return to form for one of the greatest and most influential rap bands ever and should be enjoyed by Hip-hop fans old and new. Public Enemy are indeed the 'Rolling Stones of rap.'
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad 5 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
HOTSSTASP is p.e's 3rd album in 2 yrs and follows hot on the heels of "rebirth of a nation" from last yr,now this is a much better album than that misguided project was but falls short of 2005's excellent "new whirl odour"..if you havent bought a p.e album in years then get "new whirl odur" it's better than these last two albums. That said this is still quite good..guests feat are krs-one and redman. P.e still have it but this won't trouble their classic material. Still enjoyable though
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another worthy PE release 16 Aug 2007
Format:Audio CD
Some good work on this one. KRS-One features on Sex, Drugs & Violence, Redman lends his production skills to Can You Hear Me Now, and Chuck D And Flavor are on form throughout (bar maybe Flavour Man which tries to hard to be Flavor of old). Some nice nods to the Bomb Squad productions make this a worthy addition to the PE catalogue. Nice DVD too!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old skool for the new skool 25 Mar 2008
By Steph
Format:Audio CD
OK.. so you can't sell sand to the arabs, and this album may only appeal to young'ish 'old-school' rap fans, or, ageing music fanatics who like to dabble through all sorts of genres (me being the latter... White and Scottish.. Oh My God!!)

Public Enemy are pass-masters at what they do, they've been flying high for so long, leading a tradition steeped in rockin beats, wax lyrical poetic verbs, and riffs an loops that get embedded in your brain. HYSSTOSPWSTS is no different a creation from them, and lives up to what you would expect from a band who are deeply inspired by what they see in the world, to write about it and keep you coming back for more.

From politics, to freedom of speech, war and psychopaths, to good damn fun and giving the finger to souless dudes; this band so obviously have much to say, and have a great time doing it for all the world to hear. They are to Rap what Slayer is to Metal.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RECOMMENDED 18 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
Someone else on this site mentioned that New Whurl Order is better than this, but not having heard that album I can't comment. All I can say is that if you are a PE fan you won't be dissapointed by this. If you're not familiar with them then I don't know, you might like it, you might not. But as a fan myself I was completely blown away. A seriously good LP. Can't be bothered writing any more, but PUBLIC ENEMY fans feel safe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars STILL the best around 17 Jun 2014
Format:Audio CD
This is a stunningly good album,PE still & always have had something to say,social or political.All the ingredients are here,a mixture of hip hop,funk to a degree & a touch of metal Run Dmc style.
It's quite hard to find a bad PE album,they just come in degrees of goodness in my book.How have they lasted 25 years? because of albums like this,puts most others in thier field to shame.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well, it seems very easy 29 May 2014
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
Big PE bias
The more I listen, the more I like this, it Chuck kicks the issues of the now
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