Public Enemy To Release 35th Anniversary Edition Of 'It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back'

Public Enemy will release a special 35th anniversary vinyl edition of their seminal sophomore album, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, on November 10 via Universal Music Enterprises.

It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back will be available in either 4-LP 180gram vinyl and 2LP 180 gram vinyl—pressed on limited-run red or standard. The 4LP package features bonus tracks from the Deluxe 2CD, extensive new liner notes penned by Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Q-Tip, and Questlove, and a 12×12 sticker insert of the Public Enemy logo.

Speaking of the new vinyl edition, the hip-hop group’s founder Chuck D said, “Thanks to Run-DMC, LL Cool J and Whodini, we knew that hip-hop albums could explode on cassettes. At about the same time, Hank Shocklee was the manager of a record store, and he would point out how rock bands like Iron Maiden, The Rolling Stones, and even Bruce Springsteen were getting the most out of the album concept.”

“So, we took that and went further with It Takes a Nation, approaching it like a rock band,” he added. “It ended up becoming a part of rap’s evolution from a singles-driven genre into the dawn of rap’s album age.”

Public Enemy first dropped It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back on June 28, 1988. The album climbed to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and went platinum.

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