Fear of a Black Planet - (Import CD)
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- East Coast Rap
- Public Enemy
- The Bomb Squad; Eric "Vietnam" Sadler; Carl Ryder; Hank Shocklee; Keith Shocklee
- Fear of a Black Planet [PA]
Public Enemy: Chuck D [Carlton Ridenhour]; Flavor Flav (vocals); Terminator X (scratches); Professor Griff, Brother James I, Agent Attitude, James Bomb, Brother Mike.
Additional personnel: Ice Cube, Big Daddy Kane (vocals); Branford Marsalis (saxophone); Paul Shabazz (programming); Wizard K-Jee (scratches).
Engineers include: Rod Hui, Chris Shaw, Kirk Yano.
Recorded at Greene Street Recording, New York, New York; The Music Palace, West Hempstead and Spectrum City Studios, Long Island, New York.
Personnel: Branford Marsalis (saxophone); Eric "Vietnam" Sadler, Paul Shabazz (programming); Norman Rogers (scratches).
Audio Mixers: Christopher Shaw ; Dan Wood; Mike Bona; Paul Eulin; Nick Sansano ; Rod Hui.
Recording information: Greene Street Recording, New York, NY; Music Palace, West Hampstead, NY; Spectrum City Studios, Strong Island.
Directors: Eric "Vietnam" Sadler; Carl Ryder; Hank Shocklee; Keith Shocklee.
Photographer: Jules Allen.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Flavor Flav; Ice Cube; Professor Griff; Big Daddy Kane; Chuck D.
Arrangers: Eric "Vietnam" Sadler; Carl Ryder; Hank Shocklee; Keith Shocklee.
If Public Enemy's two previous albums had ruffled feathers, Fear Of A Black Planet set out its stall to exploit mainstream fears. Again, the title spoke volumes. This time they raged just as hard, but their political consciousness had grown. Professor Griff had been ejected from the band for his anti-Semitic stance, and much of the album's atmosphere is created by the bunker mentality of resultant clashes with the press. The siege mentality only underscores the group's hard-nosed, cut-and-paste sample technique and the eloquence of Chuck D. 'Fight The Power' still bites harder than just about any other track in rap's history.
- Country of Origin
- Def Jam (USA)
- Studio / Live
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Contract on the World Love Jam [Instrumental]
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Brothers Gonna Work It Out
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] 911 Is a Joke
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Incident at 66.6 FM [Instrumental]
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Welcome to the Terrordome
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Meet the G That Killed Me
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Pollywanacraka
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Anti-Nigger Machine
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Burn Hollywood Burn
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Power to the People
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Who Stole the Soul?
- [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Fear of a Black Planet
- [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Revolutionary Generation
- [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Can't Do Nuttin' for Ya, Man!
- [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Reggie Jax
- [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] Leave This off Your Fu*kin Charts [Instrumental]
- [ Disc 01 Track 17 ] B Side Wins Again
- [ Disc 01 Track 18 ] War at 33 1/3
- [ Disc 01 Track 19 ] Final Count of the Collision Between Us and the Damned [Instrumental]
- [ Disc 01 Track 20 ] Fight the Power
Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.70) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."
Rolling Stone (5/17/90) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Public Enemy has never aimed for anything less than a comprehensive view of contemporary black America...FEAR OF A BLACK PLANET complements this ambition with stunning maturity and sophistication..."
Spin (9/99, p.116) - Ranked #2 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s."
Entertainment Weekly - "...most powerful rap group..." - Rating: A
Q (12/99, p.68) - Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."
Q (2/91) - 4 Stars - Excellent - Recommended by Q as one of the five best rap albums of 1990 and ranked as one of the Fifty Best Albums of 1990. - "...scalding attack on white supremacy..."
Q (9/95, p.132) - 5 Stars - "...achieved the near impossible by being every bit as good as its predecessor. The music was Public Enemy's now-familiar scream but was augmented with a percussive tinge that reflected the ever greater Afrocentricity..."
Melody Maker (7/22/95, p.35) - Bloody Essential - "...slower, denser...funky. And it was a masterpiece....It's beyond perfect, built like a platinum beehive and stuffed with cordite--The Bomb Squad's last hands-on job for PE before they took on the task of...Ice Cube..."
NME (Magazine) (10/2/93, p.29) - Ranked #37 in NME's list of the 'Greatest Albums Of All Time.'
NME (Magazine) (7/15/95, p.47) - 10 (out of 10) - "...where do you go once you've made the greatest hip-hop album ever? Unbelievably, you consolidate that with an equally splendid follow-up....This time the sounds were softened slightly with flashes of 'real' instrumentation but the content remained as astonishingly tough and intelligent as before..."
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