Sunday, September 28, 2008

696. Public Enemy - Apocalypse 91 ... The Enemy Strikes Black (1991)

Track Listing

1. Lost At Birth
2. Rebirth
3. Nighttrain
4. Can't Truss It
5. I Don't Wanna Be Called Yo Niga
6. How To Kill A Radio Consultant
7. By The Time I Get To Arizona
8. Move!
9. 1 Million Bottlebags
10. More News At 11
11. Shut Em Down
12. A Letter To The New York Post
13. Get The F... Outta Dodge
14. Bring Tha Noize


After two defining albums it was only natural for Public Enemy to produce one that wasn't that amazing. And this is it. Don't get me wrong, it is not bad. In fact it is pretty good hip-hop, however, if you judge them to their own standards this is an inferior album.

That this would happen is just inevitable, no band, if it lasts long enough will make just perfect albums. That said there is still plenty to love here and all of it is better than 90% of the hip hop out there at the time... and 99% of that coming out now.

So this is one for you if you really love Public Enemy, but if the other albums did not work for you or you are still only dipping into them you can give this a miss for the time being. Pretty good, but they have done so much better... and they would not get this good ever again.

Track Highlights

1. By the Time I Get To Arizona
2. I Don't Want to be Called Yo Nigga
3. Nighttrain
4. Lost At Birth

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

This album is notable for the controversial music video that accompanied the song "By the Time I Get to Arizona" (samples "Two Sisters of Mystery" by Mandrill), in which Public Enemy was depicted killing the Arizona governor, Fife Symington III, who refused to recognize Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday as a national holiday.

I am sure they would allow this video to be released today... or not. By The Time I Get To Arizona:

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