Public Enemy – Yo! Bum Rush The Show

Public Enemy released their debut album “Yo! Bum Rush The Show” on February 10, 1987.  The album was produced by The Bomb Squad and Rick Rubin and was released on Def Jam/Columbia Records. It is considered by many, one of the most influential Hip Hop records of all time!


The first single off “Yo!” was “Public Enemy #1” with the B Side “Timebomb“.  As fly and dope we thought this single was, it was the next single that set things off like wildfire. “Public Enemy #1” starts off with the PE signature sound they are now famous for.  “Blow Your Head” by Fred Wesley is the background of that grimmy, ill drill sound that “PE #1” and so many other songs that the Shocklee’s have created for this revolutionary group.  As for the B Side, we get the famous first lines we all know by heart:

Flav : “Hey Chuck, we got some non-believers out there!

Yo, we gotta do somethin’ about that man
Yo, we gotta get stupid
Yo, we gotta let ’em know what time it is!”

Chuck : “You go ooh and ahh when I jump in my car
People treat me like Kareem Abdul Jabbar
No matter who you are – when I’m up to par
I betcha go hip hop – hurray or hurrah
But the ahhs and ohhs is my kind of news
Pop your tape in – put your car in cruise
I never heard the boos – I never drank booze
Cause I just rock the rhythm – left alone the blues

The second single was “You’re Gonna Get Yours” with the B Side “Miuzi Weighs A Ton” and the unreleased “Rebel Without A Pause“.  This has to be one of the greatest singles of all time.  “You’re Gonna Get Yours” is all about Chuck D’s 98 Oldsmobile :

Smoke is comin’ when I burn
Rubber when my wheels turn
A tinted window – so super bad
Lookin’ like the car the Green Hornet had
It’s the reason I’m ahead of the pack
It’s the reason I left them back
It’s the reason all the people say
My 98-O blows ’em all away


“Miuzi Weighs A Ton” also brings the noise with Chuck razor sharp lyrics:

“I’m a Public Enemy but I don’t rob banks
I don’t shoot bullets and I don’t shoot blanks
My style is supreme – number one is my rank
And I got more power than the New York Yanks
If Miuzi wasn’t heavy I’d probably fire it
I’d make you walk the plank if I was a pirate
If they made me a King – I would be a tyrant
If you want to get me – go ahead and try it
Snatcher, dispatcher, biter never been a
Instead of takin’ me out – take a girl to dinner
The level of comp has never been thinner
It’s a runaway race where I’m the winner
It’s unreal – they call the law
And claimed I had started a war
It was war they wanted and war they got
But they wilted in the heat when Miuzi got hot!”

The album is lyrically dope thanks to Chuck D’s mature lyrics, but don’t think Flavor Flav is just a hype man that just adds “Yeah Boy!” and “Cold Medina” while Chuck raps! He can hold his own and write his own lyrics as well!  On “Too Much Posse” he shows us that he’s more than just the crazy dancing brotha that looks like he’s ready to have a seizure!

“What do you got to say about this
A force so strong that you can’t resist
You may as well join ’em – you know you can’t beat ’em
Pack a hundred people – ya know ya gonna need ’em
Straight with the system is down by law
Cause every half hour they get nine more
They run all the dollars that come in town
So either join the crew or get beat down
I watched all the guys be so damn cruel
Try to get fast – you must be a fool
Blood through and through – the boys don’t play
I seen ’em tax and run an operation today
They got too – too – too much posse”

Rightstarter“, “Megablast” and the bass heavy title track round up the 12 tracks in this trailblazing album.  The production is sonically unique like nothing we have ever heard!  Word!  The cuts by Terminator X, Flavor Flav’s non stop adlibs, and Chucks D’s lyrics combined with probably the most recognizable voice in Hip Hop make this an album that will only gets better with time.  Sitting back listening “Public…Public…Public Enemy” takes me back to a time when the “Revolution Will Not Be Televised” and we were at war with the world like the brotha on the PE logo!   The predecessor will become probably the greatest LP in Hip Hop History!

“P.E. is in full effect!!!”

-Al E.


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