It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Yo! Bum Rush the Show was an invigorating record, but it looks like child's play compared to its monumental sequel, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, a record that rewrote the rules of what hip-hop could do. That's not to say the album is without precedent, since what's particularly ingenious about the album is how it reconfigures things that came before into a startling, fresh, modern sound. Public Enemy used the template Run-D.M.C. created of a rap crew as a rock band, then brought in elements of free jazz, hard funk, even musique concrète, via their producing team, the Bomb Squad, creating a dense, ferocious sound unlike anything that came ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Yo! Bum Rush the Show was an invigorating record, but it looks like child's play compared to its monumental sequel, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, a record that rewrote the rules of what hip-hop could do. That's not to say the album is without precedent, since what's particularly ingenious about the album is how it reconfigures things that came before into a startling, fresh, modern sound. Public Enemy used the template Run-D.M.C. created of a rap crew as a rock band, then brought in elements of free jazz, hard funk, even musique concrète, via their producing team, the Bomb Squad, creating a dense, ferocious sound unlike anything that came before. This coincided with a breakthrough in Chuck D's writing, both in his themes and lyrics. It's not that Chuck D was smarter or more ambitious than his contemporaries -- certainly, KRS-One tackled many similar sociopolitical tracts, while Rakim had a greater flow -- but he marshaled considerable revolutionary force, clear vision, and a boundless vocabulary to create galvanizing, logical arguments that were undeniable in their strength. They only gained strength from Flavor Flav's frenzied jokes, which provided a needed contrast. What's amazing is how the words and music become intertwined, gaining strength from each other. Though this music is certainly a representation of its time, it hasn't dated at all. It set a standard that few could touch then, and even fewer have attempted to meet since.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/2/1995
  • Label: Def Jam
  • UPC: 731452735829
  • Catalog Number: 527358
  • Sales rank: 9,627

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Public Enemy Primary Artist
Professor Griff Vocals
Chuck D Vocals
Fab 5 Freddy Vocals
Flavor Flav Vocals
Terminator X Turntables
Norman Lee Rogers scratching
Erica Johnson Vocals
Oris Josphe Vocals
Johnny Juice Rosado scratching, Turntables
Harry Allen Vocals
Technical Credits
Professor Griff Contributor
Anthrax Composer
Chuck D Composer, Contributor
Flavor Flav Composer, Contributor
John Harrison Engineer
Rick Rubin Executive Producer
Carl Ryder Producer
Nick Sansano Engineer
Christopher Shaw Engineer
Hank Shocklee Composer, Programming, Producer
Terminator X Contributor
Chuck Valle Engineer
Eric "Vietnam" Sadler Composer, Programming, Contributor
Norman Lee Rogers Composer
Greg Gordon Engineer
Richard Griffin Composer
Jim Sabella Engineer
William Drayton Composer
Matt Tritto Engineer
Jeff Jones Engineer
Carl Ryder Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Album That Changed Rap

    This album will go down as one of the best albums ever. It changed the way people thought about the genre. This is one of the most powerful albums I've ever heard. Although it was released in 1988 this album is still as good as anything out there. This album created a nation of rebel's and leaders. If it were'nt for "Nation Of Millions" rap may not have been what it is now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Still Fresh

    this album is as important today as when it was released. the songs are organic and may be''old school'' hip hop, but still touch that spot in any lover of ANY style of music. you don't even have to like hip hop to LOVE this album. there are overtones of the hard rock/rap marriage which today is commonplace on any MTV video. This CD is a MUST have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best rap album of all time.

    A truly exceptional and revolutionary work, It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back was not only the greatest rap album of all time, but was one of the finest ever political albums as well as being a key moment in black music as a whole. Almost every song is forceful, explosive and infectious; haunting the listener with classics like Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos and Don't Believe The Hype by provoking thought and promoting racial equality. Songs like the second track Bring The Noise eat away so quickly there is barely time to comprehend it; this will always be a classic and will always amaze and inspire.

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