On this date in 1988, Public Enemy released their second album, It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back after their debut album, which was released just a little over a year ago.
The album, which was released by Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin’s Def Jam Recordings, was recorded at the legendary Chung King Studios, while training Interest: Approx. and Sabella Studios in new YORK city. The production was done by Hank Shocklee and The Bomb Squad. In August of 1999, the album went platinum and is one of the top 500 albums of all time, according to the Rolling Stone Magazine magazine.
Public Enemy, in which the front man, Chuck D., Flavor Flav, Terminator X, Professor Griff and the S1Ws were the pioneers of the revolutionary rap sound, making songs like “Rebel without A Pause, Black Steel In the Hour Of Chaos’ and ‘Rebel without A Pause” prototype tracks for the conscious movement in hip-hop.
As a tribute to Chuck D., Flav, Professor Griff, and the rest of the crew for bringing Hip-Hop fans, this is a classic that will forever hold a place in the illustrious history of this culture.
Check out the video below, which is in heavy rotation during the album’s peak. It even features a special guest appearance by MC Lyte as an investigative journalist. Check it out!!!