Today In Hip-Hop: Public Enemy Releases “Fear Of A Black Planet”

On this day, April 10, in hip-hop history… 1990: Public Enemy releases its third album Fear of a Black Planet. Following the success of 1988's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, the Long Island crew sought to create a conceptual album that translated noted psychiatrist Dr. Frances Cress Welsing's "Cress Theory of Color Confrontation" into musical form. Utilizing the Bomb Squad's trademark sample-heavy "wall of noise" production stylings, the newly christened industry standard of the LP and Chuck's political rhymes, PE set out to make what Chuck D would later describe as the hip-hop equivalent of the ...

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