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

It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back by Public Enemy
Year: 1988
Overall rank: 254th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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80/100 (from 927 votes)
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Award Top 5 albums of 1988 (4th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1980s (30th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (254th)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 79.8/100, a mean average of 77.7/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 79.9/100. The standard deviation for this album is 20.0.

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From 06/14/2022 18:21
It’s a testament to how much rap has grown that this groundbreaking album no longer holds up in some respects. One of the best early examples of how to use two very contrasting voices and styles against one another.

Chuck D’s stuff would probably still work today. Flavor Flav (except when vocalizing in contrast to D)…not so much.
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From 04/26/2022 04:00
Their breakthrough top 10 album in the UK. The best 3 tracks are their top 40 hits, "Rebel Without A Pause"(37), "Bring The Noise"(32) and the iconic "Don't Believe The Hype"(18) which never left my turntable for about a year after release. One of the all time greatest rap albums in history.
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From 02/21/2022 07:44
Yeah, as good as it gets.
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From 09/08/2021 15:50
A really important rap album, one of the first to be outwardly political AND angry.
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From 04/03/2021 18:51
Documento histórico, muito mais que um álbum!
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From 12/11/2020 14:24
Genre-defining album, Hip-hop wouldn't be the same without it.
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From 12/07/2020 12:02
Lyrically this album is amazing. I also know that a lot of work had to be put in those beats, that being said, I have a lot of trouble with some of the sounds. The lyrics make up for it so its still an amazing listen, but i always prefer to go back to EPMD in 88. I rather listen to this record on vinyl and concentrate on Chuck Ds message.
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From 05/29/2020 21:24
Fav. Tracks: Bring The Noise, Terminator X To The Edge Of Panic, Caught, Can We Get A Witness?, Night Of The Living Baseheads, Rebel Without a Pause, Party For Your Right To Fight.
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From 05/16/2020 10:57
One of the great hip hop albums, if not the great one. I love Griff's easy rap style, and the political lyrics are much more engaging and easier to listen to than the mysogynistic NWA albums.
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