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Bring The Noise

on It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

by Public Enemy

First Played: 2002-02-20 17:32:00
Last Played: 2019-10-19 00:26:38
Total Plays: 110

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  • Kevin Cole : 10/18/2019 05:26 PM
    The song's lyrics, most of which are delivered by Chuck D with interjections from Flavor Flav, include boasts of Public Enemy's prowess, an endorsement of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, retorts to unspecified critics, and arguments for rap as a legitimate musical genre on par with rock. The lyrics also have a notable metrical complexity, making extensive use of meters like dactylic hexameter. The title phrase appears in the chorus. The song includes several shout-outs to artists like Run–D.M.C., Eric B, LL Cool J and, unusually for a rap group, Yoko Ono and thrash metal band Anthrax, allegedly because Chuck D was flattered about Scott Ian wearing Public Enemy shirts while performing Anthrax gigs. Anthrax later collaborated with Chuck D to cover the song. https://bit.ly/2HStABu
  • Cheryl Waters : 10/09/2019 01:52 PM
  • John Richards : 09/26/2019 07:26 AM
    Number 153. Released on 14 April 1988, "It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back" was PE’s second album. For many fans and critics, this is the greatest hip-hop album of all time.: https://www.udiscovermusic.com/stories/nation-of-millions-why-public-enemys-masterpiece-cannot-be-held-back/
  • John Richards : 09/18/2019 07:21 AM
    "Turn it up! Bring the noise!"
  • John Richards : 08/16/2019 09:41 AM
    At 109 Beats Per Minute (BPM), this was one of the fastest rap songs of its era. Chuck D told Keyboard magazine how it came about: "Rap comes from the idea of a deejay working a party. A lot of our decisions are still based on that structure. We figure the thing that makes people really respond is changes in beats-per-minute. At one time, most of the rap music coming out was around 99 to 102 beats per minute, and that's what made us do 'Bring the Noise' , where we jetted it up to 109. We changed the whole approach to rap by putting a different rhyme style over it. We tried to make that album like Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On" in a fast, hectic rhythm. Then once we'd established that pattern, everybody followed. Young MC and all those guys started getting up there."

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