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It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

Public Enemy Audio Cassette
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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 Cassette
  • ASIN: B00000EHNW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,339,666 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Album Ever ? 1 Mar 2000
Format:Audio CD
There is a case to be made that this album is the greatest ever recorded. Period. I listen to it now and it still sounds awesome. Every song makes a valid statement on American society and the problems which exist. Contemporary, powerful, brilliant. Buy it now.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TIMELESS CLASSIC 9 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
In todays world of multiplatinum, woman clad,bling blinging hiphop there is no album that can match the raw power, agression, storytelling, in yer face attitude that nation of millions can offer. Chuck D and Flavour flav honour Terminator X's flawless production with the verbal onslaught that it deserves. "rebel without a pause" can take a claim to the greatest hiphop track ever written, while being supported by classics like "dont beleive the hype" and "night of the living baseheads". They even sample a gut churning riff from slayers "Angel of Death" for "she watch channel zero. All in all a true masterpiece.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gansta-rap??? Shut up and listen 22 Feb 2001
Format:Audio CD
What can I say? If only hip-hop wasn't ransacked by gansta (similar thing that happened to grunge after Nevermind) then it would still be an essential music form. This album brims with more politics than 10 Houses of Lords and more funk than Aerosmith on a pub crawl. Countdown To Armageddon announces "This time the revolution will not be televised!" and you believe Chuck too! This track also gives birth to the Manic Street Preachers classic Repeat. The definitive hip-hop track comes next - Bring The Noise. Never has a song overflowed with so much content and brilliance, it is a screamed assault to everything that modern culture stands for and leaves you astounded. Ditto Don't Believe The Hype. So much manifesto and exchanges from Chuck to Flav, it fills me up with revolution. Falva Flav Cold Lampin' is hilarious (don't you just love this dude?), a light hearted interlude from the rhetoric and much appreciated. Not so for Terminator X To The Edge Of Panic: "Right the power is bold, the rhymes are politically cold/And who gives a **** about a Goddamn Grammy?". Fantastic. Mind Terrorist is just an interlude but we get back on the track again with Louder Than A Bomb, a seething attack on the FBI. Caught, Can I Get A Witness?! is another absolutely suberb beast of a funkster that has you singing along "Your singers are spineless/As you sing your senseless songs to the mindless/Your general subject love is minimal/It's sex for a profit". What other bands sing that, please? Another interlude in the form of Show Em Whatcha Got and then She Watch Channel Zero, which actually combines heavy metal riffs in with the verse to great effect - the ultimate moshing track! Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Concious Rap Album Ever 2 Jan 2013
By Brytey
25 year or so on, has anybody managed to encompass so succinctly, music into struggle expression? KRS1 perhaps, Nas more recently and a few less thrusted groups/artists. The originality of this album still holds true to this very 2013 day. It came from nowhere and still remains out there - untouchable fugitive. Listening back it still has the same bass heart as it did those many head whopping years ago. Test of time 10/10, lyrical content 10/10, tracks 10/10. This is one of those albums that will never again be repeated. Of course Dre's 2001, NWA' Straight Outta Compton and Tha Dogg Pound were ground breaking albums but none so with such cutting razor edge and uppercut to nosebridge POWeffect as this album. Anyone who frequented Westwoods set at Scrubbs Park (the then younger Rodigan of hip hop wannabee)back in the mid 80's will never ever forget the intro of Rebel Without a Pause, anticipating that..."I dont know what this world is coming to..." duhn, duhn (terminator transformer scratch) fist clenched like a fisherman casting rod.. craniuum back touching spine.."Yes, the rhythm, the rebel..." WHOP IT OUT!...Listening back just makes your neck ache.....with pleasure!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Influential Hip-Hop 20 April 2000
Format:Audio CD
The original political rap album. Released way back in 1988, it turned rap on it's head. Between them, Public Enemy and N.W.A tore up the east and west coasts of America respectively, with their devastating back beats and "funky-ass basslines" they brought rap into the mainstream for ever. Where Run DMC had started, Public Enemy and N.W.A carried on the tradition in fine form, evolving into world beating (and baiting) rap acts, it's Public Enemy though that I am talking about. Their debut album, 'Yo! Bumrush the Show' was a promising start and 'It Takes a Nation...' took things a step further, an absolutely astounding album that will blow anyone away. Starting with their live intro of an air raid siren, it is very apt, as this album hits you like a B-52 with nuclear capabilities. 'Bring the Noise' and 'Don't Believe the Hype' are true old skool hip-hop, funky back beats and hard-ass rapping from Chuck D make them instant classics and Flavor Flav as the court jester in PE's kingdom hits the spot every time. The album just keeps going at a devastating pace, classics like 'Louder Than a Bomb', 'She Watch Channel Zero', 'Night of the Living Baseheads', Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos' and the frantic 'Prophets of Rage' are enough to make a grown man cry. On top of being fantastic songs they hold a message which all should pay heed to, their anti-racist stance is strong enough to have white people joining the Black Panthers. Last track 'Party For Your Right to Fight' deserves a special mention, both Flavor and Chuck rap together to great effect. Quite simply, loosen your purse strings and buy this album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars had this on record
love this album and so glad that they remastered this album had to buy as it is from the 80s and they were always ahead of the boring this and that mainstream rap from the 80s
Published 2 months ago by rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars stands the test of time
this is a timeless must have album, it is relevant to even more humans today than it was back then, which is why I bought it second time around because we all need reminding that... Read more
Published 3 months ago by suze
5.0 out of 5 stars #1
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If your a HipHop fan or if your just into good vibes this is one Album that is a must for every for real music fans collection. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Pukcode
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute CLASSIC!!!
What can be said about this - Not just one of ther greatest hip hop albums of all time but one of the greatest albums of all time. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jacko, Swaffham
4.0 out of 5 stars Top Class Album
One of the all time great rap groups, needed some late 80's rap and couldn't find my copy of this album. A good price and a good listen.
Published 14 months ago by Ian Connell
5.0 out of 5 stars A classics
What can I say that has not already been said about this classic album. One of the seminal rap bands of their time and still sounds fresh and current today.
Published 15 months ago by Sukhvinder Dhat
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars, nothing less
Needed to post a 5 star review for this incredible album to counter that fool who gave it a 1 star and get the rankings for this classic back up to the full 5 stars it... Read more
Published 19 months ago by RichM
4.0 out of 5 stars This is good!
I can't remember why I bought this album; I think some metal band liked them or something. Anyway I'm always looking to expand my listening experience and I'm glad I bought... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Anoosh Falak Rafat
4.0 out of 5 stars tip top hip hop
A seminal album.An absolute must buy for anyone looking for hiphop with heart, soul and a message. Nearly, if not, two decades old but still sounding fresh and relevant
Published 21 months ago by west country muck
2.0 out of 5 stars Great album, questionable "remaster"
So I went through the trouble to order the "Def Jam Remaster" version of Nation of Millions, since it's a great album and all that. Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2012 by Garbageman
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