Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Public Enemy - It Take a Nation of Millions to hold us back - 20th Anniversary

Last night I was lucky enough to see Public Enemy perform It Takes a Nation of Millions to hold us back in it's entirety at the Manchester Academy. This was done to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the albums release (that makes me feel old!)

The album is one of my favourites with the fiery lyrics from the Black Panthers of rap colliding with the layered wall of noise provided by the Bomb Squad. (who seem to have discovered DubStep if their warm-up DJ set is anything to go by)

The album helped me discover the 70's funk of James Brown and many other artists as tracks on the album where chopped up and re-used by Hank Shocklee, Keith Shocklee and Eric Sadler to create their ferocious sound.

Hank Shocklee

Here are just a few samples of 100's of tracks used by the Bomb Squad on It Takes a Nation. Some you can easily recognise, some not so much as the Bomb Squad would use a tiny portion of record - a horn stab here, a guitar riff there to mold their dense sound

Lafayette Afro Rock Band - Darkest Light (used on Show em whatcha got)

James Brown - I got ants in my pants (used on Don't believe the hype)

The J.B's - The Grunt (used on Rebel without a pause)

Bar-Kays - Son of Shaft (used on Caught can I get witness)


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