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Nominally a soundtrack to Spike Lee's basketball drama, but in reality more of an individual album, He Got Game appeared in 1998, just the second Public Enemy album since 1991's Apocalypse 91. Even though Chuck D was pushing 40, the late '90s were friendlier to PE's noisy, claustrophobic hip-hop than the mid-'90s, largely because hip-hop terrorists like the Wu-Tang Clan, Jeru the Damaja, and DJ Shadow were bringing the music back to its roots. PE followed in their path, stripping away the sonic blitzkrieg that was the Bomb Squad's trademark and leaving behind skeletal rhythm tracks, simple loops, and basslines. Taking on the Wu at their own game -- and, if you ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Nominally a soundtrack to Spike Lee's basketball drama, but in reality more of an individual album, He Got Game appeared in 1998, just the second Public Enemy album since 1991's Apocalypse 91. Even though Chuck D was pushing 40, the late '90s were friendlier to PE's noisy, claustrophobic hip-hop than the mid-'90s, largely because hip-hop terrorists like the Wu-Tang Clan, Jeru the Damaja, and DJ Shadow were bringing the music back to its roots. PE followed in their path, stripping away the sonic blitzkrieg that was the Bomb Squad's trademark and leaving behind skeletal rhythm tracks, simple loops, and basslines. Taking on the Wu at their own game -- and, if you think about it, Puff Daddy as well, since the simple, repetitive loop of Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth" on the title track was nothing more than a brazenly successful one-upmanship of Puff's shameless thievery -- didn't hurt the group's credibility, since they did it well. Listen to the circular, menacing synth lines of the opening "Resurrection" or the scratching strings on "Unstoppable" and it's clear that Public Enemy could compete with the most innovative artists in the younger generation, while "Is Your God a Dog" and "Politics of the Sneaker Pimps" proved that they could draw their own rules. That said, He Got Game simply lacked the excitement and thrill of prime period PE -- Chuck D, Terminator X, and the Bomb Squad were seasoned, experienced craftsmen, and it showed, for better and worse. They could craft a solid comeback like He Got Game, but no matter how enjoyable and even thought-provoking the album was, that doesn't mean it's where you'll turn when you want to hear Public Enemy.
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  • Release Date: 4/28/1998
  • Label: Polygram Uk
  • UPC: 731455813029
  • Catalog Number: 558130

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Resurrection - Masta Killa (4:20)
  2. 2 He Got Game - Steve Stills (4:46)
  3. 3 Unstoppable - KRS-One (3:14)
  4. 4 Shake Your Booty (3:45)
  5. 5 Is Your God a Dog (5:08)
  6. 6 House of the Rising Son (3:16)
  7. 7 Revelation 33 1/3 Revolutions (4:11)
  8. 8 Game Face (3:17)
  9. 9 Politics of the Sneaker Pimps (3:16)
  10. 10 What You Need Is Jesus (3:29)
  11. 11 Super Agent (3:35)
  12. 12 Go Cat Go (3:48)
  13. 13 Sudden Death (Interlude) (2:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Public Enemy Primary Artist
Leonard Bernstein Conductor
Aaron Copland Conductor
London Symphony Orchestra Track Performer
New York Philharmonic Track Performer
Reeves Gabrels Guitar
Paul Logus Guitar
Kerwin Young Bass, Keyboards
Jack Dangers scratching, Emax
Johnny Juice Rosado scratching
4Kast Background Vocals
Shabach Community Choir Choir, Chorus
David Phelps Guitar
Philharmonia Orchestra Track Performer
Technical Credits
London Symphony Orchestra Contributor
New York Philharmonic Contributor
Chris Champion Engineer
Gary G-Wiz Producer
Ben Garrison Engineer
Paul Logus Engineer
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Tony Prendatt Engineer
Danny Saber Programming, Producer
Keith Shocklee Producer
Hank Shocklee Producer, Executive Producer
Kerwin Young Producer
Jack Dangers Programming, Producer
Chris Haynes Engineer
Rasheed Goodlowe Engineer
(Ex) Cat Heads Executive Producer
Kathy Nelson Executive Producer
Gary Schultz Producer
Rawle Gittens Engineer
Spike Lee Contributor, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Paul J. Falcone Engineer
Charles Harbutt Engineer
Ricco Lumpkins Engineer
Ted Wohlsen Engineer
Abnes Dubose Producer
John Penn II Engineer
Dolo Engineer
DR Period Composer
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