Public Enemy

Power to the People and the Beats: Public Enemy's Greatest Hits

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Apart from their 2001 installment in Universal's ongoing 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection series, Public Enemy had not been given a career compilation prior to 2005's Power to the People and the Beats: Public Enemy's Greatest Hits. The 2001 comp overlooked such major cuts as "Rebel Without a Pause" and "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos," plus it was sequenced in a non-chronological order. Power to the People rights those two wrongs by including all of PE's major songs from 1987-1998 -- which doesn't mean it's all their best music, of course -- presented in a chronological fashion, beginning with "You're Gonna Get Yours" and ending with "He Got Game." As such, it provides not only a useful summary of their groundbreaking work, it's also a bracing, exciting listen in its own right. Of course, each individual Public Enemy release recorded during these ten years is worth hearing -- especially 1988's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and 1990's Fear of a Black Planet, which are two of the great works of art of the 20th century -- but for those who want a quick introduction to the greatest hip-hop group of all time, this fits the bill perfectly.

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 4:05 SpotifyAmazon
2 4:41 SpotifyAmazon
3 4:18 SpotifyAmazon
4 3:47 SpotifyAmazon
5 5:19 SpotifyAmazon
6 3:20 SpotifyAmazon
7 3:43 Amazon
8 4:36 SpotifyAmazon
9 5:26 SpotifyAmazon
10 3:17 SpotifyAmazon
11 5:08 SpotifyAmazon
12 2:47 SpotifyAmazon
13 4:52 SpotifyAmazon
14 4:19 SpotifyAmazon
15 4:00 SpotifyAmazon
16 4:50 SpotifyAmazon
17 4:43 SpotifyAmazon
18 4:45 SpotifyAmazon
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