Album Of The Day: Public Enemy – It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
In my opinion this just beats ‘Fear Of A Black Planet’ as the best Public Enemy album and it is also one of the first and best political rap albums. A Marvin Gaye for the early rap generation they celebrated black politics and were often seen as much more than a band because of the inclusion of the S1W (Security of the First World), they were often seen as a whole political movement.
Terminator X was also one of the best DJ’s and his scratching and use of some quite weird and random samples (Angel Of Death is sampled on ‘She Watch Channel Zero’) meant the songs sometimes strayed into musique concrete territory, which is unheard of in the mainstream charts.
You don’t have to care about the politics to love the album though, John Connor obviously wasn’t massively into black power but he still wore the T shirt through most of Terminator 2…
Best song is obviously, Don’t Believe The Hype
But ‘Terminator X To The Edge Of Panic’ is a great song to shows the skills of the group. It is also the first time I heard the term Yeah Booooooi!
The full album can be found on Spotify here