It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

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It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Album cover
Album by Public Enemy
Released April 1988
Recorded Summer/Fall 1987 at Greene Street Recording & Chung King House of Metal in New York, New York & Sabella Recording in Roslyn, New York & Spectrum City Studios in Hempstead, New York
Genre Rap & Hip-Hop
Length 57 min 51 sec
Record label Def Jam
Producer Hank Shocklee & Carl Ryder
Professional reviews
All Music Guide review 5 stars out of 5 link (http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=&sql=10:od47gjwrj6ip)
Public Enemy Chronology
Yo! Bum Rush the Show
(1987)
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
(1988)
Fight the Power...Live!
(1989)

It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back is a 1988 (see 1988 in music) album by the hip hop group Public Enemy. Enormously influential, the album's mix of The Bomb Squad's sample-heavy beats and revolutionary lyrics railing against corporate control, structural racism and police brutality turned the album into a sensation, peaking at #1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart, and #42 on the Billboard 200 chart. It also garnered much critical acclaim, and was voted as the best album of the year in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics poll.

In 2003 the TV channel VH1 named It Takes A Nation Of Millions the 20th greatest album of all time.

Track listing

  1. "Countdown to Armageddon" (Ridenhour/Sadler/Shocklee)
  2. "Bring the Noise" (Ridenhour/Sadler/Shocklee)
  3. "Don't Believe the Hype" (Drayton/Ridenhour/Sadler/Shocklee)
  4. "Cold Lampin' With Flavor" (Sadler/Shocklee)
  5. "Terminator X to the Edge of Panic" (Drayton/Ridenhour/Rodgers)
  6. "Mind Terrorist" (Ridenhour/Sadler/Shocklee)
  7. "Louder Than a Bomb" (Ridenhour/Sadler/Shocklee)
  8. "Caught, Can We Get a Witness" (Ridenhour/Sadler/Shocklee)
  9. "Show 'Em Whatcha Got" (Ridenhour/Sadler/Shocklee)
  10. "She Watch Channel Zero?!" (Drayton/Griffin/Ridenhour/Sadler/Shocklee)
  11. "Night of the Living Baseheads" (Ridenhour/Sadler/Shocklee)
  12. "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos" (Public Enemy)
  13. "Security of the First World" (Ridenhour/Sadler/Shocklee)
  14. "Rebel Without a Pause" (Ridenhour/Rodgers/Sadler/Shocklee)
  15. "Prophets of Rage" (Drayton/Ridenhour/Sadler/Shocklee)
  16. "Party for Your Right to Fight" (Ridenhour/Sadler/Shocklee)

Personnel

  • Professor Griff - Vocals
  • Chuck D. - Vocals
  • Steven Ett - Mixing
  • Fab 5 Freddy - Vocals
  • Flavor Flav - Vocals
  • Glen E. Friedman - Photography
  • John Harrison - Engineer
  • Rod Hui - Mixing
  • Jeff Jones - Engineer
  • Rick Rubin - Executive Producer
  • Carl Ryder - Producer
  • Nick Sansano - Engineer
  • Hank Shocklee - Programming, Producer
  • Terminator X - Turntables
  • Chuck Valle - Engineer
  • Eric "Vietnam" Sadler - Programming, Assistant Producer
  • Norman Rogers - Scratching
  • Bill Stephney - Production Supervisor
  • Erica Johnson - Vocals
  • Oris Josphe - Vocals
  • Johnny Juice Rosado - Scratching, Turntables
  • Greg Gordon - Engineer
  • Jim Sabella - Engineer
  • Keith Boxley - Mixing
  • Chuck Chillout - Mixing
  • Matt Tritto - Engineer
  • Harry Allen - Vocals
  • Christopher Shaw - Engineer

Charting singles

1988  Bring the Noise                   Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks  No. 56
1988  Don't Believe the Hype            Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks  No. 18
1988  Night of the Living Baseheads     Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks  No. 62
1988  Don't Believe the Hype            Hot Dance Music/Club Play         No. 21
1988  Don't Believe the Hype            Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles      No. 17
1989  Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos  Hot Rap Singles                   No. 11
1989  Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos  Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks  No. 86
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