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It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back (album) by Public Enemy 

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It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back by Public Enemy (1988)
Overall rank: 201st   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 750 votes)
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Accolades: Top 5 albums of 1988 (4th)
Top 50 albums of the 1980s (25th)
Top 500 albums of all time (201st)

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It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back by Public Enemy CD 1988 Chuck D
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It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back is ranked as the best album by Public Enemy.

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79/100 (from 750 votes)
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From NCanon 10/17/2018 21:42
The best hip hop album of 1988, the 80s and maybe even of all time. The production is a swirling tapestry of samples and noise that serves as a lunching pad for chuck d's angry rap rants... exhilarating record even by todays standards.
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From BLO 09/03/2018 00:49
After hearing Kendrick Lamar's TPAB, this sounds extremely dull, outdated, and boring.
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From antaiospiano 08/27/2018 21:03
Best example of ‘80s hip hop. The aggressive vocal style comes especially to its right, now it’s not just about partying, but it (also) encompasses political subjects. And the sharp contrast between Flava Flav and Chuck D renders a comedic effect which is so essential to hip hop.
The beats have - no doubt - had an enormous effect on electronic music of the ‘90s. An early example of a drum ‘n’ bass beat can be heard on “Bring the Noise” - which was supposedly made by accident -, and they even rap over it. The aggressive noises that Terminator X makes often remind me of The Chemical Brothers or Aphex Twin.
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90/100
From NickD89 06/05/2018 05:05
One of the most important hip hop album of all time. Chuck D was revolutionnary. Black Steel in the hour of chaos is a great display of Chuck's storytelling.
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From kingofstorm 04/16/2018 06:19
Adore this album. Album that got me into hip hop. Really really well done work.
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90/100
From joannajewsom 03/27/2018 12:40
This is great, but Fear of a Black Planet is better.
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70/100
From PeterSmith 03/04/2018 20:02
A great album and beats Fear of A Black Planet with pumping tunes - great beats and that whistling sound on tracks such as Bring The Noise and Don't Believe The Hype, coupled with Chuck D's delivery and lyrics just raise this whole album up.
Flav's interjections are icing on the cake. There isn't a bad track in amongst all this.
Highlights for me are those mentioned above along with Cold Lampin' With Flav, Terminator X, Party For Your Right to Fight.
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85/100
From titansaurs28 02/22/2018 00:51
Amazing production pared with Chuck D's powerful political flow makes for one of golden age hip-hop's best albums.
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From planetneutral 01/07/2018 17:06
Pretty much the perfect soundtrack while sitting waiting for AAA to come tow my car after the transmission died in the middle of a busy intersection.
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From Ben4 03/14/2017 03:41
The first hip hop album I ever listened to. Full of classic songs like Bring the Noise and Don't Believe the Hype. Lyrics and production are both top notch.
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