Fear of a Black Planet

Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
1990 Ratings: #2 / 308
User Score
Based on 206 ratings
1990 Ratings: #4
Liked by 4 people
April 10, 1990 / Release Date
LP / Format
Def Jam, Columbia / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Pitchfork

Fear of a Black Planet finds the Bomb Squad at the height of their powers, assembling deeply intricate grooves out of infinitesimal building blocks.

100
Sputnikmusic

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.

91
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.

80
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.

notanalt
80
Hollywood and LA deserves to burn to the ground.
exception
91
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.
scarson
90
Happy 30th anniversary to one of the most influential albums in history.
tha138
85
An angry squad is out in the streets with a massive, rhytmic manifesto, written with fire and brimstone, to enlighten the ignorants and to guide the faithful.
Beware of the wicked drums that announce some of the deadliest rhymes around.
Z.Younk
90
The only thing that ruins this is way too much Flava Flav. On the last album he only said shit exactly how Chuck wrote it only when Chuck needed it for hooks or punctuation/intros/etc. Lampin was the only thing that almost killed that album, and was more than enough of Flav tracks, 911 is a Joke is just adding insult to injury. Can't Do Nuttin For Ya, Man! is just torturous.
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#8/Spin

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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