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Public Enemy

Fear Of A Black Planet

Original Release: 1990


Fear of a Black Planet is the third studio album by American hip hop group Public Enemy, originally released on April 10, 1990. It was produced by the group's production team The Bomb Squad, who sought to expand on the dense, sample-layered sound of Public Enemy's previous album, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988). Having fulfilled their initial creative ambitions with that album, Public Enemy pursued a different direction and aspired to create what lead MC Chuck D specified as "a deep, complex album". Their songwriting was partly inspired by the controversy with member Professor Griff and his dismissal from the group in 1989.

The album features elaborate sound collages that incorporate varying rhythms, numerous samples, media sound bites, and eccentric music loops, and reflect the content's confrontational tone. Conceived during the golden age of hip hop, its assemblage of reconfigured and recontextualised aural sources preceded the sample clearance system that later emerged in the music industry. Fear of a Black Planet contains themes concerning organization and empowerment within the African-American community, while presenting criticism of social issues affecting African Americans at the time of the album's conception.

Fear of a Black Planet, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2015, finished #300 on Rolling Stone’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. This reissue is part of a yearlong, ongoing celebration marking the 30th Anniversary of the iconic Def Jam record label founded in 1984 by Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons. Its influence and impact on modern music, culture, and lifestyle is unparalleled.

Side One

  1. Contract On The World Love Jam (Instrumental) (01:44)
  2. Brothers Gonna Work It Out (05:05)
  3. 911 Is A Joke (03:17)
  4. Incident At 66.6 FM (Instrumental) (01:37)
  5. Welcome To The Terrordome (05:24)
  6. Meet The G That Killed Me (00:44)
  7. Pollywanacraka (03:52)
  8. Anti-Nigger Machine (03:17)
  9. Burn Hollywood Burn Rap (02:46)
  10. Power To The People (03:48)

Side Two

  1. Who Stole The Soul? (03:52)
  2. Fear Of A Black Planet (03:40)
  3. Revolutionary Generation (05:43)
  4. Can't Do Nuttin' For Ya Man (02:45)
  5. Reggie Jax (01:35)
  6. Leave This Off Your Fu*kin' Charts (Instrumental) (02:32)
  7. B Side Wins Again (03:39)
  8. War At 33 1/3 (02:13)
  9. Final Count Of The Collision Between Us And The Damned (Instrumental) (00:48)
  10. Fight The Power (04:42)

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