Fear Of A Black Planet (Explicit)
by Public Enemy
Released: Apr 1990
Label: Def Jam/RAL
The first half of PE's third album is nearly perfect, with "Brothers Gonna Work It Out," "911 Is a Joke"'s satire of the health industry, "Welcome to The Terrordome"'s assault on PE's critics, and "Burn Hollywood Burn"'s verses from Ice Cube and Big Daddy Kane. The second half fades on clumsy messages like "Revolutionary Generation" before closing with the seminal "Fight the Power." Remember when Chuck's shots at Elvis Presley and John Wayne made headlines? Fear of a Black Planet's topics might sound dated to young listeners, but its vision of global hip-hop activism is sorely missed.