Throwback: Bring The Noise
This day in hip-hop throws back to a memorable track from rap super group Public Enemy, none other than their supercharged single, “Bring The Noise”.
First debuting in 1987 listed off the Less Than Zero official film soundtrack, the song returned later that year as its own single, eventually holding a spot off the group's critically-acclaimed album It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back in 1988.
At this time, the single landed #56 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart; However, fans and critics alike praised the song for its strong, genre-defying presence, making Public Enemy an entity among audiences beyond that of rap. The single also stimulated arguments ranking rap a legitimate genre on par with that of rock music.
In terms of production, the group's highly-esteemed The Bomb Squad showcase their iconic brand extracting dissonant concoctions of funk samples, drum patterns, and record scratching to the track's bidding. In the end fans witnessed a gritty, industrial noise that established the perfect backdrop for the jests of frontman Chuck D and hype-man Flavor Flav.
Chuck delivers most of the hard hooks as Flav riles up the mood like no else could, taking on subjects such as religion, political unrest, social awareness, as well as loudly broadcasting the prowess of Public Enemy.
Let's face it, we're living in an age where mainstream radio has chasing vain things like fame, cash, and faulty romance. I say we bring back the noise.
By Jods Arboleda for PublicEnemy.com