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Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

A continuation of the black power movement, the strength of Chuck D’s voice speaking out against injustice woke society up. Backed by their personal army, the S1Ws, Public Enemy inspired excitement and mass hysteria with It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. Using rap as an educational tool, “Don’t Believe the Hype” and “Rebel Without a Pause” in particular made the group a force to be reckoned with, standing out amongst other acts that spoke of consciousness at the time. Also, long before becoming a reality television star, Flavor Flav’s role in Public Enemy practically invented the hype man concept within hip-hop.

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