There's a Poison Goin' On....

There's a Poison Goin' On....

by Public Enemy


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Public Enemy fans who found the Stephen Stills collaboration on the soundtrack to Spike Lee's HE GOT GAME a bit tepid by the standards of classics like FEAR OF A BLACK PLANET will welcome the group's refreshingly vitriolic letter-bomb to the music industry. Arriving in a shroud of controversy surrounding the group's dismissal from their longtime label, Def Jam, THERE'S A POISON GOIN' ON (originally scheduled to be an Internet-only release) attacks the "vultures of culture" -- from twisted record companies to corrupt DJs to the entire system of race- and class-based oppression -- in ominous, subterranean tracks that, if not as rousing as the classics of old, are just as cathartic. "Do You Wanna Go Our Way???" sets terrifying metal-machine music to lines like "It takes a nation of sellouts to hold us back" before implicating Da Man in the murders of Biggie and 2Pac and the death of hip-hop's vitality itself. "LSD" is apocalyptic compu-hop that might make Brooklyn underground leftists Company Flow smile. But the most controversial track here is "Swindler's Lust," which (vile anti-Semitic title aside) righteously attacks the hamstringing of recording artists with the line "If you don't own the master/ Then the master owns you." So, even if you don't believe the gripes -- that the Pentagon is in bed with Sony, that Top 40 radio is mind control, that the cyber-revolution is a return to the plantation system, that Lauryn Hill is a drone -- you won't be able to deny that Chuck D and Flava Flav haven't sounded this wicked in quite some time.

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Release Date: 07/20/1999
Label: Atomic Pop
UPC: 0762186000129
catalogNumber: 1
Rank: 86067

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