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

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

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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 Public Enemy 04:05 SpotifyAmazon
2 Public Enemy 04:41 SpotifyAmazon
3 Public Enemy 04:18 SpotifyAmazon
4 Public Enemy 03:47 SpotifyAmazon
5 Public Enemy 05:19 SpotifyAmazon
6 Public Enemy 03:20 SpotifyAmazon
7 Public Enemy 03:43 Amazon
8 Public Enemy 04:36 SpotifyAmazon
9 Public Enemy 05:26 SpotifyAmazon
10 Public Enemy 03:17 SpotifyAmazon
11 Public Enemy 05:08 SpotifyAmazon
12 Public Enemy 02:47 SpotifyAmazon
13 Public Enemy 04:52 SpotifyAmazon
14 Public Enemy 04:19 SpotifyAmazon
15 Public Enemy 04:00 SpotifyAmazon
16 Public Enemy 04:50 SpotifyAmazon
17 Public Enemy 04:43 SpotifyAmazon
18 Public Enemy feat: Stephen Stills 04:45 SpotifyAmazon
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