Most of My Heroes Still Don't Appear on No Stamp

Most of My Heroes Still Don't Appear on No Stamp

by Public Enemy
     
 

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Its title hearkens back to a line in Public Enemy's incendiary 1989 anthem "Fight the Power," recalling the band's glory days but cutting deeper, exposing an ugly truth: 20-plus years and a black president in the White House later, things still haven't changed all that much in America. That lingering inequality nags at Chuck D throughout Most of My Heroes Still Don

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Its title hearkens back to a line in Public Enemy's incendiary 1989 anthem "Fight the Power," recalling the band's glory days but cutting deeper, exposing an ugly truth: 20-plus years and a black president in the White House later, things still haven't changed all that much in America. That lingering inequality nags at Chuck D throughout Most of My Heroes Still Don't Appear On No Stamp, PE's twelfth album and their first released after the election of Barack Obama, a development that would perhaps seem to the casual observer a vindication of everything Public Enemy represents -- famously, the Obamas' first date was at a showing of Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing where "Fight the Power" plays a crucial role -- but Public Enemy seems angrier than ever here. And deservedly so, as so much of what PE stands for -- sonically, politically, culturally -- is submerged in 2012, obscured by a marginalization of radicalization and imagination. Public Enemy fights against the dying light of Black Power and counterculture throughout Most of My Heroes Still Don't Appear On No Stamp, the phrase not only providing a title but a motif (it appears repeatedly throughout the record's 11 songs), the band deliberately evoking their past by sampling earlier records and tossing off allusions to older lyrics, staying true to the template created by the Bomb Squad in the late '80s yet avoiding a meticulous re-creation of that sonic onslaught. The music here isn't as dense as It Takes a Nation of Millions or Fear of a Black Planet -- it's nimble and spare, a steely reduction of the J.B.'s relentless groove, augmented by cacophonic flourishes of guitar and white noise. It's all the better to push the spotlight onto Chuck D, who is in full-blown preacher/teacher mode here, intent on tying the past into the present and doing a pretty effective job, too. Chuck doesn't much care if he comes across as an indignant professor here, and that's part of the charm of not just this, but all latter-day Public Enemy: this is the sound of true believers who give not a damn about fashion, they remain true to the sounds and sensibilities they laid out back in the late '80s. And the music remains vital and vibrant, possibly because, despite some progress, things still haven't changed all that much and, in some respects, have gotten worse...and as long as Public Enemy's heroes remain consigned to the margins, they'll still make music as dynamic as this.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/06/2012
Label:
Eastlink
UPC:
0858023002026
catalogNumber:
2
Rank:
50852

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Performance Credits

Public Enemy   Primary Artist
Professor Griff   Group Member
Donald Malloy   Musician
Chuck D   Group Member
Davy DMX   Bass
Flavor Flav   Group Member
Fran Lover   scratching
Sam Sever   scratching,Sounds
Z-Trip   scratching
DJ Lord   scratching,Group Member
Dj Rob Swift   scratching
DJ Johnny Juice   scratching
Khari Wynn   Guitar
Jamod Allah   Vocals
Grunge   Vocals
James Bomb   Spoken Word
Peter Levin   Organ,Claves,fender rhodes
DJ Pain 1   scratching
Jason McClain   Guitar
T-Bone Motta   Drums
DJ C-Double   scratching
Enemyboard Vetz   Vocals
Spook 1   Vocals
Kel   Vocals
Jonathon Ware   Musician
Eva Rose Demeno   Vocals
Daniel Ware   Musician
Anthony Ware   Musician

Technical Credits

Professor Griff   Arranger,Producer
Harry Belafonte   Inspiration
Paul Robeson   Inspiration
Chuck D   Liner Notes
Gary G-Wiz   Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Producer,Vocal Recording
Large Professor   Producer
Johnny Juice Rosado   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Producer,Vocal Recording
Sam Sever   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Z-Trip   Producer
William Drayton   Executive Producer
Payback   Producer,Instrumentation
Kelvin Fonville   Cover Design
DJ Lord   Composer
Clint "Mister Payback" Sands   Producer
Pop Diesel S1W   Contributor
Amani K. Smith   Engineer
Freddy Fox   Composer,Producer
A. Newman   Composer
Brent Dixon   Producer
Clint Sands   Engineer
James Bomb   Producer,Contributor
Z. Sciacca   Composer
B. Dixon   Composer
G. Rinaldo   Composer
Triniti Coclough   Producer,Vocal Producer,Vocal Recording
DJ Pain 1   Producer
Chris "Spanky" Moss   Producer
Brother Mike   Contributor
Spent Dnero   Engineer
Ras Truly   Engineer

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