20 Songs, 1 Hour 6 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Public Enemy always had more to say than rappers who glorify money, sex, drugs, and violence. Here, with fellow old-schooler KRS-One, Public Enemy attacks with top-form verbal skills for—what else?—"Sex, Drugs & Violence." "Amerikan Gangster" with E.infinite goes even deeper into the soundfield, creating a pointed repudiation of where hip-hop sold its soul in the '90s. PE may have lost its cultural and commercial clout back in those dangerous days, but it never lost its artistic firepower. The 2007 set How You Sell Soul is as vibrant a hip-hop album as any by rappers half Chuck D's age. "Black Is Back" brings in Khari Wynn's guitar to do what AC/DC refused, delivering a perfect hard-rock/hip-hop mix. By the excellent "Long and Whining Road," Chuck D is finding space to quote obscure Bob Dylan songs. Flavor Flav, who'd made his way onto a VH-1 reality show, provides comic relief right on time with "Head Wide Shut" and "Flavor Man."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Public Enemy always had more to say than rappers who glorify money, sex, drugs, and violence. Here, with fellow old-schooler KRS-One, Public Enemy attacks with top-form verbal skills for—what else?—"Sex, Drugs & Violence." "Amerikan Gangster" with E.infinite goes even deeper into the soundfield, creating a pointed repudiation of where hip-hop sold its soul in the '90s. PE may have lost its cultural and commercial clout back in those dangerous days, but it never lost its artistic firepower. The 2007 set How You Sell Soul is as vibrant a hip-hop album as any by rappers half Chuck D's age. "Black Is Back" brings in Khari Wynn's guitar to do what AC/DC refused, delivering a perfect hard-rock/hip-hop mix. By the excellent "Long and Whining Road," Chuck D is finding space to quote obscure Bob Dylan songs. Flavor Flav, who'd made his way onto a VH-1 reality show, provides comic relief right on time with "Head Wide Shut" and "Flavor Man."

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
101 Ratings
101 Ratings
LukeCage73 ,

Still Bringing the Noise!!!

Twenty years later and Public Enemy is still brining the noise. Chuck D's voice and style is as boombastic and charismatic as ever, while Flavor Flav plays his part to a T as being hip-hop's greatest hype man. Stand out tracks include "Harder Than You Think", "Escapism", "See Something, Say Something" and "Long and Whining Road." Fellow hip-hop legend KRS-1 also provides a great guest appearance on "Sex, Drugs, and Violence." Public Enemy continues to remain relevant in a music field that has changed tremendously since they debuted in 1987, yet never come off like they've lost a step. A must have for any long time fan of this group's work, while completely accessible to anyone who is not familiar with these living legends.

Banjo Samples ,

P.E. is back!!!

Public Enemy is back and while this might not be the strongest album in their catalog it is definately one of the best Rap albums to come out in 2007. P.E. marries lyrics that are socially revelant with a musical style that has always set them apart from the masses. I love to see another one of the all-time greats, Krs-one, make a cameo. Public Enemy has still go something to say, and you'd better listen! Bass for your face!

syphon77 ,

Hey, all you people ragging on P.E., Listen UP!

Anyone dissing Chuck D. dun't know what they're talking about none, he still keeps up with the times lyrically and he's doing great things with his new record label. The album smokes almost all competition from the hip-hop/rap community and pop/rock doesn't even put up a fight for the masterful arrangements everyone expects from the group.

Bottom Line, Cut the Crap... if you want to be a mindless pop peon look elsewhere and don't even say anything about these masters of music! They keep fresh and they will go down with Pink Floyd and Run-D.M.C. and The Beatles as true musicians; and modern pop will fade and die!

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