Apocalypse 91...The Enemy Strikes Black [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Coming down after the twin high-water marks of It Takes a Nation of Millions and Fear of a Black Planet, Public Enemy shifted strategy a bit for their fourth album, Apocalypse 91...The Enemy Strikes Black. By and large, they abandon the rich, dense musicality of Planet, shifting toward a sleek, relentless, aggressive attack -- Yo! Bum Rush the Show by way of the lessons learned from Millions. This is surely a partial reaction to their status as the Great Black Hope of rock & roll; they had been embraced by a white audience almost in greater numbers than black, leading toward rap-rock crossovers epitomized by this album's leaden, pointless remake of "Bring ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Coming down after the twin high-water marks of It Takes a Nation of Millions and Fear of a Black Planet, Public Enemy shifted strategy a bit for their fourth album, Apocalypse 91...The Enemy Strikes Black. By and large, they abandon the rich, dense musicality of Planet, shifting toward a sleek, relentless, aggressive attack -- Yo! Bum Rush the Show by way of the lessons learned from Millions. This is surely a partial reaction to their status as the Great Black Hope of rock & roll; they had been embraced by a white audience almost in greater numbers than black, leading toward rap-rock crossovers epitomized by this album's leaden, pointless remake of "Bring the Noise" as a duet with thrash metallurgists Anthrax. It also signals the biggest change here -- the transition of the Bomb Squad to executive-producer status, leaving a great majority of the production to their disciples, the Imperial Grand Ministers of Funk. This isn't a great change, since the Public Enemy sound has firmly been established, giving the new producers a template to work with, but it is a notable change, one that results in a record with a similar sound but a different feel: a harder, angrier, determined sound, one that takes its cues from the furious anger surging through Chuck D's sociopolitical screeds. And this is surely PE's most political effort, surpassing Millions through the use of focused, targeted anger, a tactic evident on Planet. Yet it was buried there, due to the seductiveness of the music. Here, everything is on the surface, with the bluntness of the music hammering home the message. Arriving after two records where the words and music were equally labyrinthine, folding back on each other in dizzying, intoxicating ways, it is a bit of a letdown to have Apocalypse be so direct, but there is no denying that the end result is still thrilling and satisfying, and remains one of the great records of the golden age of hip-hop.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/6/1994
  • Label: Def Jam
  • UPC: 731452347923
  • Catalog Number: 523479
  • Sales rank: 27,063

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Public Enemy Primary Artist, Group
True Mathematics Group, Track Performer
Anthrax Track Performer
Al Macdowell Bass
Sister Souljah Background Vocals, Track Performer
Frank Abel Keyboards
Joey Belladonna Bass
Charlie Benante Drums
Chuck D Vocals
Matt Fallon Vocals
Flavor Flav Vocals
Allan Givens Horn
Richard Gordon Drums
Scott Ian Guitar
Tyrone Jefferson Horn
Steve Moss Conga
Dan Spitz Guitar
Terminator X Turntables
Fred Wells Guitar
Lorenzo Wyche Horn
Rick Gordon Drums
Frank Able Keyboards
Jefferson Wyche Horn
Technical Credits
Anthrax Composer, Contributor
The Bomb Squad Executive Producer
Chuck D Composer, Contributor
Cerwin Depper Arranger, Composer, Director, Producer
Flavor Flav Contributor
Bob Fudjinski Engineer
Gary G-Wiz Arranger, Composer, Director, Programming, Producer
J.B.L. Arranger, Composer, Director, Producer
Vladimir Meller Mastering
Stuart Robertz Arranger, Composer, Director, Programming, Producer
Hank Shocklee Composer, Contributor
Terminator X Contributor
Kirk Yano Engineer
Eric "Vietnam" Sadler Composer
Harry Allen Contributor
Santiago Composer
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