Almost 25 years after it was first released, Public Enemy's classic record 'It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back' will be performed in its entirety by the group at the Sound Academy in Toronto. The album, which features tracks like 'Bring the Noise' and 'Don't Believe the Hype', was released way back on April 14, 1988. Tickets for the Sept. 2 show go on sale tomorrow.
A little history on the record: it was PE's second studio album, and they set out to make it count - Chuck D says "our mission was to kill the 'Cold Getting' Dumb' stuff and really address some situations". Tracks were built from found sounds and avant-garde noise, with Chuck's politically conscious lyricism and Flava Flav's surreal hype-man act over top. Guardian journalist Dorian Lynskey, who calls 'It Takes A Nation...' his favourite album, says the record is "so jammed with data, both musical lyrical, that I'm still finding new clues 20 years later".
The album made it to number 42 on the U.S. Billboard 200, and stayed on the charts for 49 weeks. At year's end, leading music critics named it the album of the year in The Village Voice's music poll, and it seems it's stood the test of time: back in 2003, Rolling Stone put it at number 48 on their list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
A few years back, George hooked up with Chuck D at the Newsstand to talk about 20 years of Public Enemy, and his take on Beyonce, Flava Flav, Oprah and aging:
Chuck also shared a story about the time Flava Flav didn't show up to a concert, and how Chuck exacted his revenge:
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