Power to the People and the Beats: Public Enemy's Greatest Hits [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Apart from their 2001 installment in Universal's ongoing 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection series, Public Enemy had not been given a career compilation prior to 2005's Power to the People and the Beats: Public Enemy's Greatest Hits. The 2001 comp overlooked such major cuts as "Rebel Without a Pause" and "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos," plus it was sequenced in a non-chronological order. Power to the People rights those two wrongs by including all of PE's major songs from 1987-1998 -- which doesn't mean it's all their best music, of course -- presented in a chronological fashion, beginning with "You're Gonna Get Yours" and ending with "He Got ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Apart from their 2001 installment in Universal's ongoing 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection series, Public Enemy had not been given a career compilation prior to 2005's Power to the People and the Beats: Public Enemy's Greatest Hits. The 2001 comp overlooked such major cuts as "Rebel Without a Pause" and "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos," plus it was sequenced in a non-chronological order. Power to the People rights those two wrongs by including all of PE's major songs from 1987-1998 -- which doesn't mean it's all their best music, of course -- presented in a chronological fashion, beginning with "You're Gonna Get Yours" and ending with "He Got Game." As such, it provides not only a useful summary of their groundbreaking work, it's also a bracing, exciting listen in its own right. Of course, each individual Public Enemy release recorded during these ten years is worth hearing -- especially 1988's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and 1990's Fear of a Black Planet, which are two of the great works of art of the 20th century -- but for those who want a quick introduction to the greatest hip-hop group of all time, this fits the bill perfectly.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/2/2005
  • Label: Def Jam
  • UPC: 602498616611
  • Catalog Number: 000192302
  • Sales rank: 19,405

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Public Enemy Primary Artist
Professor Griff Rap
Stephen Stills Vocals
Al Macdowell Bass, Bass Guitar
Sister Souljah Rap
Chuck D Bass, Voices, Rap, Group Member
Flavor Flav Rap
Allan Givens Horn
Tyrone Jefferson Horn
Branford Marsalis Saxophone
Steve Moss Conga
David Reeves Bass
Vernon Reid Guitar
Terminator X Turntables
Fred Wells Guitar
Lorenzo Wyche Horn
Rick Gordon Drums
Norman Lee Rogers scratching, Group Member
Bill Stephney Bass, Guitar
Frank Able Keyboards
Keith Boxley scratching
Harry Allen Track Performer
Black To The Future Sample Stars Voices
Department Of Liberation Group Member
Interrogators Group Member
Paul Reisch Musician
Voices Of Shabach Community Choir Of Long Island Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Stephen Stills Composer
The Bomb Squad Executive Producer
Rob Chiarelli Engineer
Chuck D Executive Producer
Cerwin Depper Producer
Steven Ett Engineer
Bob Fudjinski Engineer
Gary G-Wiz Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Executive Producer, Creation
John Harrison Engineer
Rod Hui Engineer
J.B.L. Composer, Producer
Steve Loeb Engineer
Stuart Robertz Composer, Programming, Producer
Rick Rubin Executive Producer
Carl Ryder Arranger, Director, Producer, Executive Producer, Advisor, Creation
Nick Sansano Engineer
Keith Shocklee Arranger, Composer, Director, Programming, Producer, Executive Producer, Creation
Paul Shabazz Programming
Hank Shocklee Arranger, Composer, Director, Programming, Producer, Executive Producer, drum programming, Advisor, Creation
M. Thomas Composer
Chuck Valle Engineer
Kirk Yano Engineer
Eric "Vietnam" Sadler Arranger, Composer, Director, Programming, Producer, drum programming, Creation
Ellen Fitton Mastering
Bill Stephney Producer, Audio Production
Greg Gordon Engineer
Vartan Art Direction
Kathy Nelson Executive Producer
Jim Sabella Engineer
Rawle Gittens Engineer
Spike Lee Executive Producer
Dan Wood Engineer
Owen Smith Illustrations
Matt Tritto Engineer
Studdah Man Composer
Chris Shaw Engineer
Harry Allen Liner Notes
Alvertis Isbell Composer
DR Period Producer
Ricciano Lumpkin Engineer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
John Harrison III Engineer
Adam Yauch Liner Notes
Yolanda Giraud Tape Research
Lily Salinas Tape Research
Jessica Ruiz Tape Research
House Of Tre Arranger
Imperial Grand Ministers Of Funk Producer
Jeff Jones Engineer
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