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Album Review

Apart from their 2001 installment in Universal's ongoing 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection series, Public Enemy had not been given a career compilation prior to 2005's Power to the People and the Beats: Public Enemy's Greatest Hits. The 2001 comp overlooked such major cuts as "Rebel Without a Pause" and "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos," plus it was sequenced in a non-chronological order. Power to the People rights those two wrongs by including all of PE's major songs from 1987-1998 — which doesn't mean it's all their best music, of course — presented in a chronological fashion, beginning with "You're Gonna Get Yours" and ending with "He Got Game." As such, it provides not only a useful summary of their groundbreaking work, it's also a bracing, exciting listen in its own right. Of course, each individual Public Enemy release recorded during these ten years is worth hearing — especially 1988's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and 1990's Fear of a Black Planet, which are two of the great works of art of the 20th century — but for those who want a quick introduction to the greatest hip-hop group of all time, this fits the bill perfectly.

Customer Reviews

Powerful, Visionary, Technically Amazing

PE remains one of the most innovative, powerful voices in the African American experience. PE shattered the sounds of the city into a million sounds -- shards of percussion, jazz, police sirens, mothers' laments for fallen sons, Martin's speeches, & Presidential addresses -- then stitched these dissonant sounds back together into a seamless tapestry that truly evoked the richness, complexity, & pain of the black experience. Like Charlie Parker, Ray Charles, & Lightning Hopkins -- PE is some of America's best music, and an incredible part of its history. This collection has all of PE's best. If you like hip-hop, if you like jazz, if you like rap, if you like blues, if you like MUSIC - Get it.


PE represents the Black Power movement in the 80s. These guys kicked ass! Chuck D and Flava Flav fought the power and showed that hip-hop is the black CNN. All the hits are here-"Fight The Power" "Rebel Without A Pause" "Bring The Noise" "Don't Belive The Hype" and "Public Enemy No. 1" This is real Hip-Hop!

This is gonna knock you out

If you claim to be a rap fan or for that matter a music fan you better have a Public Enemy album in your library. If this is going to be your first P.E album you made an awsome choice. If this is the first time you heard P.E their hits like "Fight the Power" and "Bring the Noise" as I said before they will knock you out.


Formed: 1982 in Garden City, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Public Enemy rewrote the rules of hip-hop, becoming the most influential and controversial rap group of the late '80s and, for many, the definitive rap group of all time. Building from Run-D.M.C.'s street-oriented beats and Boogie Down Productions' proto-gangsta rhyming, Public Enemy pioneered a variation of hardcore rap that was musically and politically revolutionary. With his powerful, authoritative baritone, lead rapper Chuck D rhymed about all kinds of social problems, particularly those plaguing...
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