Fear of a Black Planet

Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
1990 Ratings: #2 / 307
User Score
Based on 223 ratings
1990 Ratings: #4
Liked by 5 people
April 10, 1990 / Release Date
LP / Format
Def Jam, Columbia / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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Fear of a Black Planet finds the Bomb Squad at the height of their powers, assembling deeply intricate grooves out of infinitesimal building blocks.


Hip-hop has a habit of moving at such a pace that records date in a matter of years, but Fear Of A Black Planet is utterly timeless. Musically, it's funky, avant-garde, dense, and original (and it uses live instrumentation, as if that matters). Lyrically, it's inspired, intelligent, emotive, and angry as hell.

Entertainment Weekly

Fear of a Black Planet isn’t Public Enemy’s masterpiece. But it’s a formidable piece of work, and the one pop album released so far this year that no one interested in the current state of American culture can afford to ignore.

Rolling Stone

The group's determination and realism, its devotion to activism and booty shaking, make Fear of a Black Planet a welcome, bracing triumph.

Although, It Takes a Nation of Million to Hold Us Down is undeniably Public Enemy's best record, their follow up Fear Of A Black Planet is a close second for me and contains most of their under appreciated works such as Power to the People and the self-titled track but contains a lot of recognizable tracks and is easily their most political charged record and give Power To The People.

Track Review

Contract On The World Love Jam 9.5/10
Brothers Gonna Work It Out 9.5/10
911 Is A Joke ... read more
Another album that my mother introduced me to that sparked my love for hip hop. this albums was made by the people, about the people, and for the people
Hollywood and LA deserves to burn to the ground.
some of the most socially relevant music ever. this goes hand-in-hand with NWA and what they said about unfair treatment of black people. there are bangers, and there are tracks with some deep lyrics that you just have to sit back and listen to. at times i felt that the production started to sound the same, but the rhythm changed a bit.
fav tracks: welcome to the terrordome, burn hollywood burn, power to the people, fear of a black planet, fight the power.
Happy 30th anniversary to one of the most influential albums in history.
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Track List

  1. Contract On The World Love Jam 
  2. Brothers Gonna Work It Out 
  3. 911 Is A Joke 
  4. Incident At 66.6 FM 
  5. Welcome To The Terrordome 
  6. Meet The G That Killed Me 
  7. Pollywanacraka 
  8. Anti-Nigger Machine 
  9. Burn Hollywood Burn 
  10. Power To The People 
  11. Who Stole The Soul? 
  12. Fear Of A Black Planet 
  13. Revolutionary Generation 
  14. Can't Do Nuttin' For Ya, Man! 
  15. Reggie Jax 
  16. Leave This Off Your Fuckin Charts
  17. B Side Wins Again 
  18. War At 33 1/3 
  19. Final Count Of The Collision Between Us And The Damned
  20. Fight The Power
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