It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
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1988 Ratings: #4 / 142
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Fun Fact: In Black Panther, N'Jobu and Killmonger's apartment has this album on a poster hanging up on every scene. What I love most about that small easter egg is how the message and goal of Public Enemy directly matches with both N'Jobu and Killmonger's ideas. Public Enemy was exactly what his name implied, just as the two "enemies" of Wakanda were perceived with this album cover easter egg to cement that and kinda foreshadow.

Whether or not you think the "enemies" of ... read more


literally the best hip hop album ever and one of the best albums of all time. The incredibly dense and somewhat abrasive production is constantly throwing so much cool shit at you. The lyricism and vocal delivery is some of the best ever. And most importantly this album is packed with REVOLUTION!

it's a dense album which might take a bit to digest but when it clicks, it'll change your life


The only fun fact I know about this album that doesn't involve anti-Semitism: on Kurt Cobain's personal list of 50 greatest albums ever, this was the only rap record on there. Fuck yeah, Kurt!

This wasn't the first hip hop music that carried social or political commentary with is, but it was absolutely the first to weaponize that commentary in a way that felt less like a suggestion and more like a push to your chest. Chuck D was a machine on this thing - rugged rhetoric, street sermon flows, ... read more


Public Enemy brings a lot of energy to the table which is followed by magnificent flows and timeless beats.


Unlike many Hip-Hop albums from this era, It Takes a Nation manages to feel timeless. Its hard and explosive, each track feels like the soundtrack to a riot.


This album i've seen in many places but never fully heard, so with that being said, does it live up to the hype?

Hell yes it does

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Added on: April 5, 2013