It Takes A Nation Of Millions



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    It Takes A Nation Of Millions Def Jam
    1. It Takes A Nation Of Millions Def Jam
    2. It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back Def Jam
    3. It Takes A Nation Of Millions: Deluxe (Shm) (Jpn)
    4. It Take A Nation Of Millions (Uk) Universal Music TV

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Review Text Yo! Bum Rush the Show was an invigorating record, but it looks like child's play compared to its monumental sequel, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, a record that rewrote the rules of what hip-hop could do. That's not to say the album is without precedent, since what's particularly ingenious about the album is how it reconfigures things that came before into a startling, fresh, modern sound. Public Enemy used the template Run-D.M.C. created of a rap crew as a rock band, then brought in elements of free jazz, hard funk, even musique concrète, via their producing team, the Bomb Squad, creating a dense, ferocious sound unlike anything that came before. This coincided with a breakthrough in Chuck D's writing, both in his themes and lyrics. It's not that Chuck D was smarter or more ambitious than his contemporaries -- certainly, KRS-One tackled many similar sociopolitical tracts, while Rakim had a greater flow -- but he marshaled considerable revolutionary force, clear vision, and a boundless vocabulary to create galvanizing, logical arguments that were undeniable in their strength. They only gained strength from Flavor Flav's frenzied jokes, which provided a needed contrast. What's amazing is how the words and music become intertwined, gaining strength from each other. Though this music is certainly a representation of its time, it hasn't dated at all. It set a standard that few could touch then, and even fewer have attempted to meet since. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Countdown to Armageddon - 2:42
  2. 2. Bring the Noise - 4:45
  3. 3. Don't Believe the Hype - 5:19
  4. 4. Cold Lampin' with Flavor - 4:17
  5. 5. Terminator X to the Edge of Panic - 5:31
  6. 6. Mind Terrorist - 1:21
  7. 7. Louder Than a Bomb - 4:38
  8. 8. Caught, Can We Get a Witness? - 5:53
  9. 9. Show 'Em Whatcha Got - 2:56
  10. 10. She Watch Channel Zero?! - 4:49
  11. 11. Night of the Living Baseheads - 3:14
  12. 12. Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos - 6:23
  13. 13. Security of the First World - 1:20
  14. 14. Rebel Without a Pause - 5:02
  15. 15. Prophets of Rage - 3:18
  16. 16. Party for Your Right to Fight - 3:24

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