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#296: Fear of a Black Planet by Public Enemy

12.21.2011


Fear of a Black Planet by Public Enemy (1990)

Favorite Track(s): "Contract on the World Love Jam" and "911 Is a Joke" and "Welcome to the Terrordome" and "Pollywanacraka" and "Burn Hollywood Burn" and "Who Stole the Soul" and "Revolutionary Generation" and "Fight the Power"

Thoughts: (Pre-Listening) Well, I really enjoyed Yo! Bum Rush the Show so since this is a whopping 193 spots closer to #1, I think I'm in for a treat. Unless of course by this point the group decided to go in a drastically different direction (which is their right). The album cover's a great start!

(Post-Listening) With samples from James Brown, Prince, Sly & the Family Stone, Michael Jackson, The Temptations, Parliament, The Time, The Beatles, Hall & Oates, Bob Marley, and--people of all people--Esther Williams, how could I not love this album? It's just happening.

Clever, thought-provoking, fresh, creative, infectious, varied, and angry without being hateful. And "Fight the Power" is of course, a force of nature. I think I first heard it when I saw Do the Right Thing in my high school film class.

This album will be around forever.

Is This Better Than Help!?:



Just as good to me!

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