Public Enemy's It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back Turns 25
MTV News - almost 4 years
It was 1988, now 25 years ago, when Public Enemy released their seminal album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back via Def Jam Records. The LP, recorded in New York City, was certified Platinum just four months after its release, praised by fans and critics alike for the politically and socially charged revolutionary rap that Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Terminator X and the rest of the crew were known for, led by singles like "Don't Believe the Hype."
In 2012 the album landed at #48 on Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list, being described as "Loud, obnoxious, funky, avant-garde, political, hilarious" for it's layered production plus the mixture of Chuck D's biting social commentary and Flavor Flav's humorous lyrics. Later that year, Public Enemy became the fourth hip-hop act to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for their work, which including crafting one of the most influential albums of all time.
"I had no expectations whatsoever. I set
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