- Released: August 2, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Def Jam
Description by OLDIES.com:
The first-ever full length retrospective from the most influential hip-hop/rap group of all time! Featuring Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Terminator X, and Professor Griff - this fantastic compilation features 18 digitally remastered classics including "Fight The Power," "Bring The Noise," "Rebel Without A Pause" and "911 Is A Joke." This deluxe package includes rare photos, detailed credits and insightful essays from Harry Allen and the Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch.
Uncut - p.1304 stars out of 5
- "PE harnessed the power of chaos and rage more effectively than any punk or speed-metal merchant, were more articulate in their anger than any folk singer, were as righteous as any roots reggae or gospel singer..."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1324 stars out of 5
- "[With] squealing, clashing samples..."
- 1.Public Enemy No. 1
- 2.Rebel Without A Pause
- 3.Bring The Noise
- 4.Don't Believe The Hype
- 5.Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos
- 6.Fight The Power
- 7.Welcome To The Terrordome
- 8.911 Is A Joke
- 9.Brothers Gonna Work It Out
- 10.Can't Do Nuttin' For Ya Man
- 11.Can't Truss It
- 12.Shut Em Down
- 13.By The Time I Get To Arizona
- 14.Hazy Shade Of Criminal
- 15.Louder Than A Bomb (JMJ Telephone Tap Groove)
- 16.Give It Up
- 17.What Kind Of Power We Got?
- 18.He Got Game
Public Enemy: Flavor Flav, Professor Griff, Chuck D (rap vocals); Terminator X (turntables); The Bomb Squad, Security Of The First World, Interrogators, Department Of Liberation.
Personnel: Fred Wells, Vernon Reid, Bill Stephney (guitar); Branford Marsalis (saxophone); Lorenzo Wyche, Tyrone Jefferson, Allan Givens (horns); Frank Able (keyboards); Rick Gordon (drums); Steve Moss (congas); Eric "Vietnam" Sadler, Hank Shocklee (programming, drum programming); Gary G-Wiz, Keith Shocklee, Paul Shabazz, Stuart Robertz (programming); Keith Boxley, Norman Lee Rogers (scratches).
Additional personnel: Stephen Stills (vocals); Sister Souljah (rap vocals); Al MacDowell (bass guitar); Vernon Reid.
Audio Mixers: Bill Stephney; Chris Shaw ; Chuck Chillout; Dan Wood; Keith Boxley; Hank Shocklee; Mike Bona; Mario Rodriquez; John Bradley ; Nick Sansano ; Rod Hui; Steven Ett; Bob Fudjinski.
Liner Note Authors: Harry Allen; Adam Yauch.
Recording information: Chunk King House Of Metal, New York, NY; Darp Recording, Atlanta, GA; Greene Street Recording Studios, New York, NY; Hit Factory Studios, New York, NY; Sabella Recording Studios, Roslyn, NY; Sound Deluxe; Spectrum City Studios, Hempstead, NY; Strong Island; Studio 57; The Music Palace, West Hempstead, NY; The Spot.
Creators: Gary G-Wiz; Eric "Vietnam" Sadler; Carl Ryder; Hank Shocklee; Keith Shocklee.
Directors: Eric "Vietnam" Sadler; Carl Ryder; Hank Shocklee; Keith Shocklee.
Illustrator: Owen Smith.
Photographers: Daniela Scaramuzza; David Corio; Andrew Catlin; Tom Sheehan ; Per Magnusson; Danny Clinch.
Arrangers: Gary G-Wiz; Eric "Vietnam" Sadler; Carl Ryder; House Of Tre; Hank Shocklee; Keith Shocklee.
One of the greatest groups in hip-hop history, Public Enemy emerged in the mid-1980s determined to take rap in a bold new direction. P.E.'s sound channeled elements of rock, funk, and soul through the conduit of the Bomb Squad's dense, inventive--and sometimes avant-garde--production techniques. While Chuck D was the focus, tackling weighty social and political issues through his fierce lyrics and booming delivery, the jester-like antics of Flavor Flav were just as crucial to the P.E. aesthetic.
This 2005 collection expertly represents Public Enemy's finest moments from 1987 to 1998, beginning with the one-two punch of "You're Gonna Get Yours" and "Public Enemy No. 1." Most importantly, the compilation boasts a generous sampling of tracks from P.E.'s groundbreaking masterpieces, 1988's IT TAKES A NATION OF MILLIONS TO HOLD US BACK and 1990's FEAR OF A BLACK PLANET. These include the original version of the blistering "Bring the Noise," the outraged "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos" (later covered by Tricky), the defiant "Fight the Power," and the scathing, ridiculously catchy "911 Is a Joke." With its excellent selection, the 18-track POWER TO THE PEOPLE easily beats the group's 11-song 20TH CENTURY MASTERS collection, making it the essential Public Enemy anthology.