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Yo! Bum Rush the Show
New Musical Express (9/25/93, p.19) - Ranked #49 in NME's list of The 50 Greatest Albums Of The '80s.
Q Magazine (9/95, p.132) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...a stunning opening...just the first, in retrospect almost shy, step on a remarkable journey...a hard, droning extension of the basic drum'n'scratch Def Jam template that had served LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys so well..."
Melody Maker (7/22/95, p.35) - Recommended - "...It wasn't just a new sound, a discovery. It was like being struck by a meteor..."
New Musical Express (7/15/95, p.47) - 9 (out of 10) - "...YO! BUM RUSH THE SHOW announced a hip-hop group who smouldered beneath dark, sparse beats like no other, introduced us to the coolest vocal double act ever...and featured as striking a statement of intent as you could wish for in 'Public Enemy Number 1'....brilliant..."

With Yo! Bum Rush the Show, Public Enemy introduce a new kind of bravado that's not just directed at other players and sucker MCs but is an out-and-out middle-finger challenge to the whole world, as these serious brothers roll right over you in a slow-moving convoy of '98 Oldsmobiles ("You're Gonna Get Yours"). PE crowd these tracks with disparate sounds that move your butt while they buzz from every channel. Despite their serious posturing, you'll be grateful for the sloppy bass line in "Timebomb" and Terminator X's brilliant tone experiment, "Public Enemy No. 1". Yo! isn't PE's masterpiece, but it's a truly standout album, a warning shot for the full-scale assault they would later initiate on It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back.


Average User Rating

Hypestyle writes:


Agreed with the RS Review
This is the first album from Public Enemy. 12 cuts here, and all hardcore-- Punk aesthetics meets hip-hop nationalism: Relentless beats, noise, and rhymes from Chuck D along with counterpoint Flavor Flav.. Best cuts: "Sophisticated Bitch", featuring Vernon Reid on guitar solo; "Public Enemy #1", built off a JB's tune; "Timebomb", sampling the Neville Bros; "Miuzi Weighs a Ton"; Flavor Flav's solo debut on "Too Much Posse"... The Bomb Squad (including Chuck D as "Carl Ryder") was in its nascent stages, and hadn't yet hit their peak; but the seeds of the bombs to come were planted in this LP....

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