In celebration of the 20th anniversary of PE's It Takes a Nation to Hold Us Back
Public Enemy: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Story by Pitchfork
It would be difficult to overstate the importance of Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. As a political statement, as a sonic experience, as a hip-hop album, and as music, period, it just doesn't get much better than this 1988 LP. Commemorating the 20th anniversary of its release this year, Public Enemy performed the record in its entirety, including on Friday night at this year's Pitchfork Music Festival, presented with All Tomorrow's Parties. Chuck D, Hank and Keith Shocklee of the production team the Bomb Squad, and long-time associate and "media assassin" Harry Allen also appeared on a panel here in Chicago to discuss the record. Incororating footage from these events and additional interviews, Pitchfork.tv presents the story of this album as told by the people who made it happen.
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