He Got Game

He Got Game

by Public Enemy


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He Got Game

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/28/1998
Label: Polygram Uk
UPC: 0731455813029
catalogNumber: 558130

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
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
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   Engineer
Dolo   Engineer
Period   Composer

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