“Remix of a Nation” ( free mp3 download )
from “Remix of a Nation”
(Guerrilla Funk Recordings)
About Public Enemy Featuring Paris
Public Enemy rewrote the rules of hip-hop, becoming the most influential and controversial rap group last century and, for many, the definitive rap group of all time. Selling millions of records along the way, and building from Run-D.M.C.’s street-oriented beats and Boogie Down Productions’ proto-gangsta rhyming, Public Enemy pioneered a variation of hardcore rap that was musically and politically revolutionary.
With his powerful, authoritative baritone, lead rapper Chuck D rhymed about all kinds of social problems, particularly those plaguing the black community, often condoning revolutionary tactics and social activism. In the process, he directed hip-hop toward an explicitly self-aware, pro-black consciousness that became the culture’s signature throughout the early 90’s.
Musically, Public Enemy were just as revolutionary, as their production team, the Bomb Squad, created dense soundscapes that relied on avant-garde cut-and-paste techniques, unrecognizable samples, piercing sirens, relentless beats, and deep funk. It was chaotic and invigorating music, made all the more intoxicating by Chuck D’s forceful vocals and the absurdist raps of his comic foil Flavor Flav. With his comic sunglasses and an oversized clock hanging from his neck, Flav became the group’s visual focal point, but he never obscured the music.
Public Enemy’s debut album, Yo! Bum Rush the Show, was released on Def Jam Records in 1987. Its spare beats and powerful rhetoric were acclaimed by hip-hop critics and aficionados, but the record was ignored by the rock and R&B mainstream. However, their second album, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, was impossible to ignore. The Bomb Squad, developed a dense, chaotic mix that relied as much on found sounds and avant-garde noise as it did on old-school funk. Similarly, Chuck D’s rhetoric gained focus and Flavor Flav’s raps were wilder and funnier. A Nation of Millions was hailed as revolutionary by both rap and rock critics, and it was — hip-hop had suddenly become a force for social change.
Public Enemy spent the remainder of 1989 preparing their third album, releasing “Welcome to the Terrordome” as its first single in early 1990. Despite controversy surrounding certain lyrics, Fear of a Black Planet was released to enthusiastic reviews in the spring of 1990, and it shot into the pop Top Ten as the singles “911 Is a Joke,” “Brothers Gonna Work It Out,” and “Can’t Do Nuttin’ for Ya Man” became Top 40 R&B hits.
For their next album, 1991’s Apocalypse 91…The Enemy Strikes Black, the group re-recorded “Bring the Noise” with thrash metal band Anthrax, a precursor to many rap-rock collaborations later to come. “Apocalypse 91” was greeted with overwhelmingly positive reviews upon its fall release, and it debuted at number four on the pop charts.
Public Enemy continued with it’s string of successes independently with the subsequent albums Muse Sick-n-Hour Mess Age, He Got Game (the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s movie of the same name), and There’s a Poison Goin’ On…, but it was their 2002 release Revolverlution which found the long overdue pairing of Public Enemy with industry-veteran and fellow revolutionary hip-hop artist Paris on the lead single. That effort set the tone for the collaboration between Public Enemy, Paris and Dead Prez on Paris’ current album project, Sonic Jihad.
In 2006, Public Enemy and Paris blew up the spot with their first full-length collaboration, the Paris-produced Rebirth Of A Nation. Available exclusively on Guerrilla Funk Recordings, Rebirth Of A Nation is an exercise in controlled chaos, as Paris pulls out all of the stops to present the finest work yet for what is arguably the most important hip-hop group ever.
Now in 2007, they again return with the limited-edition follow-up, Remix Of A Nation, again produced entirely by Paris for his Guerrilla Funk imprint (www.guerrillafunk.com). This album is intended as a supplement to Rebirth Of A Nation, and is presented with alternate mixes that have a more noise-oriented, classic throwback vibe.
Remix of a Nation
- Public Enemy Featuring Paris
- Guerrilla Funk Recordings
- Digital Release: Sep 18, 2007
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- Public Enemy Featuring Paris
Produced entirely by Paris for his Guerrilla Funk imprint, this album is intended as a supplement to Rebirth Of A Nation, and is presented with alternate mixes that have a more noise-oriented, classic throwback vibe.
Produced entirely by Paris for his Guerrilla Funk imprint (www.guerrillafunk.com), this album is intended as a supplement to Rebirth Of A Nation, and is presented with alternate mixes that have a more noise-oriented, classic throwback vibe.
From the War on Terror to racism to black-on-black crime and police brutality, every topic is covered, and Remix Of A Nation is a sonic onslaught aimed at the wrongs of society as only Chuck D and Paris can – only this time out they are joined by fellow revolutionary allies dead prez, Kam, Immortal Technique and The Conscious Daughters – all with striking effectiveness.
In an era where buffoonery is encouraged and rewarded by big business hell bent on the degradation and exploitation of people of color in the name of profit, Remix Of A Nation is a welcome and necessary elixir. With strong beats and rhymes, it poses the questions many choose to avoid, and offers solutions many choose to ignore. A landmark achievement.
Be sure to visit Guerrilla Funk Recordings at www.guerrillafunk.com for more information, for physical goods (CDs, DVDs and Vinyl) and for exclusive Public Enemy merchandise!
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|01.||Remix of a Nation||2:49|
|02.||Hell No, We Aint Alright (Krush Groove Remix)||4:14|
|03.||Rise (Ascension Mix)||6:47|
|04.||Hannibal Lecture (Krush Groove Remix)||2:20|
|05.||Hard Rhymin’ (Extended Mix)||6:13|
|06.||Watch the Door (Alternate Mix)||4:49|
|07.||Invisible Man (Alternate Mix)||3:57|
|08.||Hard Truth Soldiers (Alternate Mix)||2:42|
|09.||Can’t Hold us Back (Extended Mix)||6:00|
|10.||Make it Hardcore||5:20|