#TBT to 2 Hip Hop albums that debuted at a time when every song had a message. You know... back when people thought it was just a fad and eventually go away.
Now that the lyrics are "dumbed-down, disrespectful, offensive, etc" it's the biggest music genre in the country. Funny how that works.
Even the people who once despised and condemned it are running around quoting lyrics and playing it in their cars. And more annoyingly, coming up to me trying to use the slang and speak on the culture.
Fucking annoying!!!
Anyhow, I wouldn't be a true Hip Hop head if I didn't acknowledge these works of art on their Diamond (30th year) anniversary.
• By all means necessary - 5/88
• It takes a nation of millions to hold us back- 6/88
2 of the greatest rap albums ever. Look them up sometime. And yes, I even owned the cassettes back in the day.

I know I’m a couple of months late with this, but so be it.  Better late never.  I simply can’t let the whole summer go by without paying proper to tribute to an album that changed my life at very young age.  I was in the prime of my preadolescence when it was first released.  Its subject matter/content appealed to my then bourgeoning sense of Black consciousness.  The musical method of delivery appealed to me in much more visceral way.  Chuck D’s booming baritone forced my very soul to stand at attention.  It rode dense yet strategically orchestrated collages of samples and breakbeats that had been organized into tight sonic battalions.  That musical battle plan came courtesy of a legendary production team appropriately dubbed The Bomb Squad.  Squad member and collaborator Johnny “Juice” Rosado provided many of album’s most memorable and ear-catching moments.  Flavor Flav played the court jester to Chuck D’s stoic straight man, creating a perfectly balanced dichotomy that no other rap group has ever quite managed to pull off.  Professor Griff provided the Military motif that gave the group its unrivaled visual intimidation factor by heading up an actual security force:  The S1W’s.  Public Enemy was/is quite simply the full package as far as rap groups go, and ‘It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back’ is their ultimate manifesto.  Its lessons still resonate with me on a deep level, and I still consider myself lucky to have experienced its full impact first hand.  As depicted in their iconic logo, the B-Boy still remains squarely in America’s crosshairs.  Thankfully, they taught all of us how to dodge the sniper’s bullets by musically arming our minds.

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On this Day Aug 1st 1960 another Public Enemy alum Professor Griff was born. Born Day Blessings to Professor Griff. #ProfessorGriff #PublicEnemy #SecurityOfTheFirstWorld #S1W #ThePsychologicalCovertWarOnHipHop #Metaphysics #Teacher #Author #LeoSeason

Happy Birthday 📻🎼🎵💿🔊🎁🎉 to #rapper #spokenword #artist and Lecturer, Richard Griffin (born August 1, 1960), better known by his Stage name #ProfessorGriff He is a member of the #hiphop group #PublicEnemy and head of the #SecurityoftheFirstWorld

#OnThisDateInHipHop, Richard @ProfessorGriff Griffin was born. #ProfessorGriff would grow up to: (1) become a member of #PublicEnemy, (2) head the #SecurityOfTheFirstWorld, (3) join the army, (4) have a security service called #UnityForce, (5) become an author, (6) join the #NationOfIslam, (7) release 5 solo albums and (8) give lectures. #HappyBirthdayProfessor Griff!!!

#HappyHipHopBornday to Richard Griffin (born August 1, 1960), aka @professorgriff an American rapper, spoken word artist, and lecturer. He is a member of the hip hop group Public Enemy and head of the group Security of the First World.

Before the release of It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Professor Griff, in his role as Minister of Information, gave interviews to UK magazines on behalf of Public Enemy, during which he made homophobic and anti-Semitic remarks. However, there was little controversy until May 22, 1989, when Griffin was interviewed by the Washington Times. At the time, Public Enemy enjoyed unprecedented mainstream attention with the single "Fight the Power" from the soundtrack of Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing.
During the interview with David Mills, Griffin made numerous statements such as "Jews are responsible for the majority of the wickedness in the world".
When the interview was published, a media firestorm emerged, and the band found itself under intense scrutiny.

In a series of press conferences, Griffin was either fired, quit, or never left. Def Jam co-founder Rick Rubin had already left the label by then; taking his place alongside Russell Simmons was Lyor Cohen, the son of Israeli immigrants who had run Rush Artists Management since 1985. Before the dust settled, Cohen claims to have arranged for a Holocaust Museum to give the band a private tour.

In an attempt to defuse the situation, Ridenhour first expressed an apology on his behalf, and fired Griffin soon thereafter. Griffin later rejoined the group, provoking more protests, causing Ridenhour to briefly disband the group. When Public Enemy reformed, due to increasing attention from the press and pressure from Def Jam hierarchy, Griffin was no longer with the band.
Griffin later publicly expressed remorse for his statements after a meeting with the National Holocaust Awareness Student Organization in 1990. #Salute #publicenemy #securityofthefirstworld #s1w #ittakesanationofmillionstoholdusback #yobumrushtheshow #fearofablackplanet #ministerofinformation #superdynamitesoul

#HipHopHistory #BlackMusicHistory

Birth name #RichardGriffin
Born #August 1, 1960(age 58)
Roosevelt, Long Island, New York, U.S.
Genres #Hiphop
Instruments Vocals
Years active1982–present
Labels Luke/Atlantic Records, Blackheart/PolyGram Records, PIAS
Associated acts: #PublicEnemy, Confrontation Camp, Chuck D, Flavor Flav, DJ Lord, The S1W, Terminator X, Sister Souljah

Richard Griffin (born August 1, 1960), better known by his stage name #ProfessorGriff, is an American rapper, spoken word artist, and lecturer. He is a member of the hip hopgroup Public Enemyand head of the group #SecurityoftheFirstWorld.

August 12, 1988 Public Enemy performed at Rikers Island (located on the East River between Queens & the mainland Bronx).
Some of the footage can be seen on the Fight The Power Live! VHS (1989), which has been made available again on the It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back 2014 CD re-issue. That's all.
CHUCK D: Rikers isn’t something I talk about all the time because it was supposed to be the possible beginning of something that never happened. So I spoke in prisons and lectured but never [repeated] the performance aspect with Public Enemy. We hoped that we could go on and do bigger and better things, but the United States jail system and the government would not allow that. [It was] a little bit of optimism fucking leaving there. -Taken from The Daily Note, 2013

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Wow. First Big Daddy Kane then this , 30 years ago today. My all time hands down favorite hip hop LP. Public Enemy “It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back”
I still get chills when the air raid sirens kick off the LP in “Countdown to Armageddon”
The Bomb Squad took the art of sampling to a level no one ever heard. Layers upon layers. They flipped the same James Brown song “The Grunt” on 2 sonically banging tracks “Night Of The Living Baseheads” and “Rebel Without A Pause “ and they didn’t sound alike ! They flipped a Fucking Slayer riff from “Angel Of Death “ on “She Watch Channel Zero”. They made you nod your head but also THINK !
It was the soundtrack to my 18th year on this planet. I listened to it on the way home from work today. As I often do. A copy hangs on my living room wall a shrine to hip hop classics. I have it in every format. Multiple copies and singles.
Real deal hip hop stands the test of time! @mrchuckd_pe
#publicenemy , #chuckd ,#flavorflav ,#securityofthefirstworld #thebombsquad , #hankshocklee ,#keithshocklee ,#defjam , #hiphop, #classic , #music

June 28 1988 #publicenemy released debute album "It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back" #PE #chuckd #flavaflav #terminatorx #professorgriff #s1w #securityofthefirstworld #defjam #classicalbum #hiphopfunfact

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