Don't Believe the Hype!
Public Enemy is a New York rap group that started around 1982. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back was made in 1988, and it’s regarded as one of the best hip hop albums of all time, so that’s pretty good.
A lot of their lyrics talk about political issues, media, and African rights, and encourage people to fight back and not give in to the system.
Nothing Stereotypical Here
Based on its time, this album pretty much changed what hip hop can do. It brought in so many new and unique things. There are some elements of jazz, funk, rock, and rap, all in one album. It’s really upbeat and filled with so many samples and DJ scratching. It’s like a new experience every listen. The lyrics and the way they're rapped feel fast, hard, and very enthusiastic. So enthusiastic, it would make anyone happy listening to this, along with its inspiring themes and lyrical content.
Songs like “Don't Believe the Hype” and “Bring the Noise” were two very popular singles from this album, and they’re pretty recognizable. “Bring the Noise,” with the multiple rappers on this track, feels like a hip hop song with backup singers. They incorporate so many things in the song--great instrumentals, great lyrics. It's not what you would expect from a hip hop song if you’ve never really listened to one before. It’s not the generic or stereotypical “gangsta life” feel or the boastful and the not-very-thought-out lyrics.
What’s great about this album as well is that it feels like a live album. There are samples of crowds cheering, making shout outs to their homies, and all that jazz. It makes it feel very crisp yet still maintain its studio quality.
In conclusion, I would give It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back a 9.5/10. You know that’s just my opinion, right?!
These reviews are really meant to be more of a, “you should listen to this because it’s pretty good or not really well known.” So I may or may not review a “bad” album. With all the different musical tastes, I'd rather show good albums than offend someone because I don't like that certain album they may like.
Ryan Dang volunteers for the Sharp Park Library from home.