Public Enemy – “Fear of a Black Planet” review

3 years after their classic debut album Yo! Bum Rush the Show & 2 years after their 2nd album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (which is a masterpiece in my eyes), seminal Long Island political hip hop group Public Enemy was already in hot water because of group member Professor Griff’s antisemitic comments. Shortly after the comments were made, it was said that the group had disbanded but it was actually confirmed that Griff had been dismissed from the group & that they were working on their 3rd full-length album right here. And honestly, this is just as good or possibly even better than their previous album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. Both the sample heavy production from The Bomb Squad AND the politically relevant rhymes from Chuck D are as aggressive & unapologetic as ever. Tracks like 911 is a Joke (which is the first of 2 Flavor Flav solo tracks), the Big Daddy Kane/Ice Cube accompanied Burn Hollywood Burn, the title track, Revolutionary Generation, Who Stole the Soul? & Fight the Power (arguably the group’s most well-known track) are all perfect examples. We even get a militant response to the negativity the group faced because to Griff’s comments on the track Welcome to the Terrordome, which is one of my favorite PE tracks period. Overall, the group really came through with another flawless masterpiece that you shouldn’t be missing out on at all

Score: 5/5


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