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Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

"Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos" and "Don't Believe the Hype" alone make the album a classic. The Shocklee brothers' musical grenades were perfect accomplices to Chuck D's whirlwind revelations. Flavor Flav's buoyant personality could never be replicated.

The Argument

It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back or Fear of a Black Planet? ...


Tone Boots: I think Fear of a Black Planet is a better album, across the board, but Nation of Millions had more impact.

Bridget Bland: Way more impact ...

Buttahman: I just think that the songs are better on Takes a Nation, and Public Enemy were running the world at that point.


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Shaheem Reid: I think Fear has better songs. Chuck D knew what he wanted to say on Nation, but his thoughts were more clear on Fear. And then you had Flavor Flav, like even the comedic jokes that he came up with, they smashed it. Everything they said was relevant, and I think that they were better artists, like they had their craft a little more down pat.

Buttahman: Once again, I go for the hungry hardcore. I mean, you're talking about "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos" ...

Tone Boots: What's not hungry about Fear?

Buttahman: When Takes a Nation came out, they ushered in that whole movement of black power, all of a sudden you started seeing your ...

Tone Boots: But what's not hungry about Fear?

Rahman Dukes: Fear was just an extension of the first one, is what it is ...

Tone Boots: I disagree with that. But what's not hungry about Fear?

Sway Calloway: I think "hunger" maybe is not the word ...

Tone Boots: "Black man, black baby, white man, white woman, white baby," all them crazy lines ... the illest lines I can think of come from Fear. All them crazy lines they got in trouble for, when homeboy [Professor Griff] had to quit the group and sh-- like that, all that came from Fear.

Buttahman: I feel you, bro, but basically, I feel like everything from "Night of the Living Baseheads" to ...

Tone Boots: "Welcome to the Terrordome." I can match you one-for-one.

Buttahman: Oh, here we go.




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