The Evil Empire of Everything

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Arriving just a few months after Most of My Heroes Still Don't Appear on No Stamp, Public Enemy's The Evil Empire of Everything is a decidedly different album than their other 2012 album. It's leaner and harder, stripped down to its hard, unbreakable basics, Public Enemy honing their politics and music so Evil Empire of Everything has a precise, steely glint. There is no hiding Chuck D's anger at the tragic shooting of Trayvon Martin, not when the album opens with 911 calls where black teenagers are held under suspicion for the color of their skin, and not when there's a centerpiece called "Beyond Trayvon," but for as hard as these songs hit, what's striking ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Arriving just a few months after Most of My Heroes Still Don't Appear on No Stamp, Public Enemy's The Evil Empire of Everything is a decidedly different album than their other 2012 album. It's leaner and harder, stripped down to its hard, unbreakable basics, Public Enemy honing their politics and music so Evil Empire of Everything has a precise, steely glint. There is no hiding Chuck D's anger at the tragic shooting of Trayvon Martin, not when the album opens with 911 calls where black teenagers are held under suspicion for the color of their skin, and not when there's a centerpiece called "Beyond Trayvon," but for as hard as these songs hit, what's striking about Evil Empire of Everything is its music. Despite some prominent guests -- Ziggy Marley shows up on "Don't Give Up the Fight" and Tom Morello ladles guitar over "Riotstarted" -- Public Enemy make clear, conscious connections between their music and classic '60s soul, most notably on the slow-burning "Everything" (featuring vocals by Gerald Albright and Sheila Brody), where Chuck D's testifying sounds straight from the roster of Stax, but also on the hard funk of "Notice" or the blaring horns of "Say It Like It Really Is." This is how a hip-hop group reaches middle age: by placing themselves as part of a tradition, never lingering in the past but never desperately riding trends.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2012
  • Label: Eastlink
  • UPC: 858023002453
  • Catalog Number: 3
  • Sales rank: 35,652

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Evil Empire of... (1:52)
  2. 2 Don't Give Up the Fight - Ziggy Marley (3:47)
  3. 3 1 (PEace) (2:46)
  4. 4 2 (resPEct)/Spit Your Mind, Pt. 1 - Davy DMX (3:09)
  5. 5 Beyond Trayvon - Goonie B (4:29)
  6. 6 ...Everything - Sheila Brody (4:11)
  7. 7 31 Flavors/Spit Your Mind, Pt. 2 (3:09)
  8. 8 Riotstarted! - Tom Morello (3:27)
  9. 9 Notice (Know This) (2:14)
  10. 10 ICEbreaker - True Mathematics as Sgt. Hawke (7:14)
  11. 11 Fame/Spit Your Mind, Pt. 3 (4:49)
  12. 12 Broke Diva (3:12)
  13. 13 Say It Like It Really Is/Spit Your Mind, Pt. 4 (6:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Public Enemy Primary Artist
Professor Griff Group Member
Chuck D Group Member
Davy DMX Bass, scratching
Flavor Flav Group Member
Gary G-Wiz Saxophone
Tom Morello Guitar
Clyde Stubblefield Drums
Charles Shaw Musician
Brian Hardgroove Bass
Kyle Jason Vocals
DJ Lord scratching, Group Member
The Impossebulls Vocals
Sekreto Vocals
Tommy T. Beat Box
C Doc Synthesizer
DJ Johnny Juice scratching
Khari Wynn Guitar
Kyle "Ice" Jason Vocals
True Mathematics as Sgt. Hawke the ERO Commando Vocals
T-Bone Motta Drums
Njeri Pauling Vocals
Michael "NYC" Mike Faulkner Drums
Marcus J. Vocals
James Amir Muhammad AKA James Bomb Spoken Word
DJ C-Double scratching
Technical Credits
Professor Griff Producer
Chuck D Liner Notes
Davy DMX Producer
Flavor Flav Producer
Gary G-Wiz Producer, Executive Producer, Remixing
Paul Logus Mastering
Ziggy Marley Composer
Carl Ryder Executive Producer
Clyde Stubblefield Composer
Sam Sever Producer
Z-Trip Producer
William Drayton Executive Producer
Ross Sloan Vocal Arrangements
Chuck Madness Producer
Adam Wallenta Illustrations
Clint "Mister Payback" Sands Producer
C Doc Arranger, Producer, Remixing, drum programming
Felony Music Producer, Engineer
Pop Diesel S1W Contributor
Amani K. Smith Engineer
Freddy Fox Producer
K. Houston Composer
Brent Dixon Producer
James Bomb Producer, Contributor
DJ Johnny 'Juice' Rosado Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Johnny "Juice" Rosado Composer, Producer
Triniti Coclough Vocal Producer, Vocal Recording
DJ Pain 1 Producer
Shamello Durant Vocal Arrangements
Samuel H. Kim Composer
Sammy Kim Producer
Joe City Composer
Janol "Mecca" Holmes Composer
Chris "Spanky" Moss Producer
Brother Mike Contributor
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