Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: Public Enemy – Fight The Power

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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.

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9 responses to “Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: Public Enemy – Fight The Power

  1. Now this is a helluva track. I still remember hearing for the first time and thinking “yeah!”. Still a track (and album) I like to throw on… especially when I’m feeling a bit disenchanted by this crazy world.

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