It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back [Deluxe Edition]

It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back [Deluxe Edition]

by Public Enemy

CD(Special Edition / Bonus DVD)

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Yo! Bum Rush the Show was an invigorating record, but it looks like child's play compared to its monumental sequel, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, a record that rewrote the rules of what hip-hop could do. That's not to say the album is without precedent, since what's particularly ingenious about the album is how it reconfigures things that came before into a startling, fresh, modern sound. Public Enemy used the template Run-D.M.C. created of a rap crew as a rock band, then brought in elements of free jazz, hard funk, even musique concrète, via their producing team, the Bomb Squad, creating a dense, ferocious sound unlike anything that came before. This coincided with a breakthrough in Chuck D's writing, both in his themes and lyrics. It's not that Chuck D was smarter or more ambitious than his contemporaries -- certainly, KRS-One tackled many similar sociopolitical tracts, while Rakim had a greater flow -- but he marshaled considerable revolutionary force, clear vision, and a boundless vocabulary to create galvanizing, logical arguments that were undeniable in their strength. They only gained strength from Flavor Flav's frenzied jokes, which provided a needed contrast. What's amazing is how the words and music become intertwined, gaining strength from each other. Though this music is certainly a representation of its time, it hasn't dated at all. It set a standard that few could touch then, and even fewer have attempted to meet since. [A Deluxe CD/DVD set was released in 2014.]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/24/2014
Label: Def Jam
UPC: 0602537737086
catalogNumber: 002017600
Rank: 63151

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Public Enemy   Primary Artist
Professor Griff   Group Member
Chuck D   Group Member
Flavor Flav   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Chuck D   Producer
Glen E. Friedman   Cover Photo,Back Cover Photo
Rick Rubin   Executive Producer
Carl Ryder   Producer
Keith Shocklee   Composer
Hank Shocklee   Composer,Producer,Remixing
Eric Sadler   Composer,Producer
Carlton Ridenhour   Composer
Norman Lee Rogers   Composer
Bill Stephney   Producer
Frank Collura   Reissue Producer
William Drayton   Composer
Hart Perry   Director,Producer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Susan Lavoie   Art Direction
Jeff Jones   Remixing
Nile Rogers   Composer
Ahmir Thompson   Liner Notes
Andre Torres   Liner Notes

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