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I can't remember why I bought this album; I think some metal band liked them or something. Anyway I'm always looking to expand my listening experience and I'm glad I bought this.
Music wise it's pretty simplistic, bass heavy hip hop (?) I think where this album shines is the lyrics. Rap if I was told right was always supposed to be a vehicle for strong messages and powerful social criticism not the rubbish sexism, guns and the meaningless pastimes of a brainless mass that it all seems to be now days.
I will be looking at getting more of their albums and even if you are a fan of other genres of music you need to give this a try.
I love this album and won't bother explaining why it is a must-own classic from the Golden Age of Hip Hop. Unfortunately, the original pressing was so bad that I had buy it again on CD (constant skipping, way too quiet, all mid-range, and all of the usual problems with putting 30 minutes of music onto one side of a record). I was excited to see that this was being reissued on vinyl, but trepidatious seeing that it was again one record.
After reading some positive reviews, I bought it. It definitely sounds better than the first time: no skipping, better volume and frequency response. Unfortunately, it is still too much music for one disc. It is still quieter than most records, more compressed and less dynamic. This may have been intentional, and perhaps that's why they skipped doing a two-record reissue like the recent EPMD and Eric B & Rakim pressings. Regardless of intentions, I'd still prefer a double album reissue. Until then, this sounds pretty good and the music is a joy to hear again.
There are not many great RAP albums in the 21st century era. Just a handful really. But I grew up in the era when RAP was new and was populated by a great many talented, inventive personalities. RAP was also a genre of music that encompassed many styles and was always surprising its fans with how creative this genre could be. Not many of today's rappers can say this. Most are cookie cutter copies of all the rest. So that is why I would recommend checking out some of the Godfathers and Grandfathers of RAP for some real examples of what RAP could be and was in the past. One of those classic examples is Public Enemy's "It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us back". Along with "Don't Believe The Hype" , "Bring The Noise", "Terminator X" and the rest on this classic RAP album this is a master class on one type of RAP, the social commentary style of this once great musical style, where a RAP song could actually say something important. I firmly believe that there are some albums that should be a part of everyones collection and this album is definitely one of them.