174 – Public Enemy – Fight The Power (1989)
Written by Carlton Ridenhour, Eric Sadler, Hank Boxley and Keith Boxley
Produced by The Bomb Squad
Label – Motown
In 1976, white teen angst, visceral rejection of authority and a fearless vocal portrayal of loss of hope and alienation resulted in a new musical revolution, Punk Rock. In 1988 it was the time for Black American Hip Hop artists to activate their own powerful broadside on a world that was ignorant to the social deprivation that blighted their world. “Fight The Power” is as reactionary, aggressive and vital as rap music would ever get. In addition, it’s a gem of skillful production, astute sampling and dense rhythms.