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Recorded at Greene Street Recording Studios, New York City; Chung King House Of Metal, NYC and Sabella Studios.

P: Chuck D (Carl Ryder), Hank Shocklee and Bill Stepney,. E: Nick Sansano, Matt Tritto, Chris Shaw, John Harrison, Jim Sabella, Chuck Valle, Jeff Jones, Greg Gordon, Steve Ett, Rod Hui and Steven Linsley.

Don’t Believe The Hype (Drayton/Ridenhour/Sadler/Shocklee);

Known Samples Used:

Bliss, Melvin. (Contempo 1977) -"Synthetic Substitution"

Brown, James. Hot Pants: (Polydor 1971)-"Escape-ism"

Brown, James.Get on the Good Foot: (Polydor 1972)-"I Got Ants in My Pants"

Thomas, Rufus. Did You Hear Me?: (Stax 1972)-"Do the Funky Penguin" (Live)

The Rhythm, The Rebel (Accapella of Rebel Without A Pause)(Ridenhour/Rogers/Sadler/Shocklee);

 

Prophets of Rage (Vocal)(Drayton/Ridenhour/Sadler/Shocklee);

Known Samples Used:

Brown, James. Cold Sweat: (King 1967)-"Cold Sweat"

Earth, Wind & Fire. That's the Way of the World: (CBS 1975)-"Shining Star"

Prophets of Rage (Power Version)(Drayton/Ridenhour/Sadler/Shocklee);

Known Samples Used:

Brown, James. Cold Sweat: (King 1967)-"Cold Sweat"

Earth, Wind & Fire. That's the Way of the World: (CBS 1975)-"Shining Star"

  • Professor Griff -Vocals;
  • Chuck D. -Vocals/Carl Ryder-Producer;
  • Steven Ett-Mixing;
  • Fab 5 Freddie -Vocals;
  • Flavor Flav -Vocals;
  • John Harrison-Engineer;
  • Rod Hui- Mixing;
  • Jeff Jones - Engineer;
  • Rick Rubin-Executive Producer;
  • Nick Sansano -Engineer;
  • Christopher Shaw -Engineer;
  • Hank Shocklee - Programming, Producer;
  • Terminator X/Norman Rogers - Scratching and Turntables;
  • Chuck Valle-Engineer;
  • Eric Sadler -Programming, Assistant Producer;
  • Bill Stephney - Production Supervisor;
  • Erica Johnson -Vocals;
  • Oris Josphe - Vocals;
  • Johnny Juice Rosado - Scratching, Turntables;
  • Greg Gordon-Engineer;
  • Jim Sabella- Engineer;
  • Keith Boxley-Mixing;
  • Chuck Chillout -Mixing;
  • Matt Tritto-Engineer;

 

Single Release: Don’t Believe The Hype; The Rhythm, The Rebel; Prophets of Rage (Vocal); Prophets of Rage (Power Version)

Def Jam 1988 (07846)/CS Def Jam 38-07934

 

Recorded at Greene Street Recording Studios, New York City; Chung King House Of Metal, NYC ; Sabella Studios and Spectrum City Studios, Hempstead, New York

P: Chuck D (Carl Ryder), Hank Shocklee and Bill Stepney,. E: Nick Sansano, Matt Tritto, Chris Shaw, John Harrison, Jim Sabella, Chuck Valle, Jeff Jones, Greg Gordon, Steve Ett, Rod Hui and Steven Linsley, Chuck Chillout and Keith (Wizard K-Jee) Boxley.

 Night of the Living Baseheads (Anti-High Blood Pressure Encounter Mixx)(Ridenhour/Sadler/Shocklee);

Known Samples Used:

Average White Band. Average White Band: (Atlantic 1974)-"Pick Up the Pieces"

Barkays, The. Gotta Groove: (Volt 1969)-"Son of Shaft"

Blow, Kurtis. 12" Single (Mercury 1979)-"Christmas Rappin"

Bowie, David-"Fame" OR Brown, James 'Hot, I Need To Be Loved, Loved, Loved' (I have to verify-this track is one of my favorite topics, and no one has ever answered it properly...THEY ARE NEARLY IDENTICAL INSTRUMENTALLY!!!)

Brown, James. Single (King 1971)-"Soul Power Pt. 1, Pt. 2 and Pt. 3 NOTE: ((Available on James Brown in the Jungle Groove (PolyGram 1986-most possible source ie: Funky Drummer (Bonus Beats Reprise) used on 'Nations')

In fact It is possible that many PE records that sourced the following samples came from 'James Brown in the Jungle Groove' compilation that was released in 1986 on Polygram, with a special 'Bonus Beats Reprise' Remix of Funky Drummer. 'Jungle Groove' contains

  • It's A New Day
  • Funky Drummer
  • Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose (Remix)
  • I Got To Move
  • Funky Drummer (Bonus Beats Reprise) (and the most sourced version of the Funky Drummer break by Hip-Hop artists...BTW THIS IS NOT THE ACTUAL TRACK 'FUNKY DRUMMER', a mistake lots of peeps make!)
  • Talkin' Loud & Sayin' Nothing (Remix)
  • Get Up, Get Into It and Get Involved
  • Soul Power (Re-edit of all parts into one)
  • Hot Pants (She Got to Use What She Wants to Get Just What She Wants)

ESG. ESG: (Nine Nine 1981)-"UFO"

J. B.'s, The. (Single with original JB's onetime lineup of Bootsy/Catfish et al.) also on Food for Thought: (People 1972)-"The Grunt"

[Sly and the Family Stone. Stand: (Epic 1969)-"You Can Make it if You Try"-Yes...only in the Singles and Remixes Album version...I just stuck it here so I wouldn't forget...]

Soul Children, The. Wattstax: (Stax 1972)-"I Don't Know What this World is Coming To"

Temptations, The. Puzzle People: (Motown 1969)- "I Can't Get Next to You"

Thomas, Rufus. Did You Hear Me?: (Stax 1972)-"Do the Funky Penguin" (Live)

Wattstax: (Stax 1972) -"Medley (Son of Shaft/Feel It)"

Cold Lampin’ With Flavor(Drayton/Sadler/Shocklee);

Known Samples Used:

Byrd, Bobby. I Need Help: (King 1970)-"I Know You Got Soul"

Chakachas. Jungle Fever: (Polydor 1973)-"Jungle Fever"

J.B.'s The. Food for Thought: (People 1972)-"Gimme Some More" (Also James Brown's Funky People 1-most probable source)

Night of the Living Baseheads (Terminator X Meets DST And Chuck Chillout Instrumental Mix) (Ridenhour/Sadler/Shocklee);

Known Samples Used:

Average White Band. Average White Band: (Atlantic 1974)-"Pick Up the Pieces"

Barkays, The. Gotta Groove: (Volt 1969)-"Son of Shaft"

Blow, Kurtis. 12" Single (Mercury 1979)-"Christmas Rappin"

Bowie, David-"Fame" OR Brown, James 'Hot, I Need To Be Loved, Loved, Loved' (I have to verify-this track is one of my favorite topics, and no one has ever answered it properly...THEY ARE NEARLY IDENTICAL INSTRUMENTALLY!!!)

Brown, James. Single (King 1971)-"Soul Power Pt. 1, Pt. 2 and Pt. 3 NOTE: ((Available on James Brown in the Jungle Groove (PolyGram 1986-most possible source ie: Funky Drummer (Bonus Beats Reprise) used on 'Nations')

ESG. ESG: (Nine Nine 1981)-"UFO"

J. B.'s, The. (Single with original JB's onetime lineup of Bootsy/Catfish et al.) also on Food for Thought: (People 1972)-"The Grunt"

Soul Children, The. Wattstax: (Stax 1972)-"I Don't Know What this World is Coming To"

Temptations, The. Puzzle People: (Motown 1969)- "I Can't Get Next to You"

Thomas, Rufus. Did You Hear Me?: (Stax 1972)-"Do the Funky Penguin" (Live)

Wattstax: (Stax 1972) -"Medley (Son of Shaft/Feel It)"

Terminator X to the Edge of Panic (No Need to Panic Radio Version) (Drayton/Ridenhour/Rogers);

Known Samples Used:

Brown, James. Single (King 1969)-"Funky Drummer"

J. B.'s, The. (Single with original JB's onetime lineup of Bootsy/Catfish et al.) also on Food for Thought: (People 1972)-"The Grunt"

Queen. 'Flash Gordon' Soundtrack- "Flash Gordon"

The Edge of Panic(Drayton/Ridenhour/Rogers);

Known Samples Used:

Brown, James. Single (King 1969)-"Funky Drummer"

J. B.'s, The. (Single with original JB's onetime lineup of Bootsy/Catfish et al.) also on Food for Thought: (People 1972)-"The Grunt"

Queen. 'Flash Gordon' Soundtrack- "Flash Gordon"

  • Professor Griff -Vocals;
  • Chuck D. -Vocals/Carl Ryder-Producer;
  • Steven Ett-Mixing;
  • Fab 5 Freddie -Vocals;
  • Flavor Flav -Vocals;
  • John Harrison-Engineer;
  • Rod Hui- Mixing;
  • Jeff Jones - Engineer;
  • Rick Rubin-Executive Producer;
  • Nick Sansano -Engineer;
  • Christopher Shaw -Engineer;
  • Hank Shocklee - Programming, Producer;
  • Terminator X/Norman Rogers - Scratching and Turntables;
  • Chuck Valle-Engineer;
  • Eric Sadler -Programming, Assistant Producer;
  • Bill Stephney - Production Supervisor;
  • Erica Johnson -Vocals;
  • Oris Josphe - Vocals;
  • Johnny Juice Rosado - Scratching, Turntables;
  • Greg Gordon-Engineer;
  • Jim Sabella- Engineer;
  • Keith Boxley-Mixing;
  • Chuck Chillout -Mixing;
  • Matt Tritto-Engineer;

 

Single Release: Night of the Living Baseheads (Anti-High Blood Pressure Encounter Mixx); Cold Lampin’ With Flavor; Night of the Living Baseheads (Terminator X Meets DST And Chuck Chillout Instrumental Mix); Terminator X to the Edge of Panic (No Need to Panic Radio Version); The Edge of Panic

Def Jam/Columbia/CBS 1988 (08121)

Recorded at Greene Street Recording Studios, New York City; Chung King House Of Metal, NYC ; Sabella Studios and Spectrum City Studios, Hempstead, New York

P: Chuck D (Carl Ryder), Hank Shocklee and Bill Stepney,. E: Nick Sansano, Matt Tritto, Chris Shaw, John Harrison, Jim Sabella, Chuck Valle, Jeff Jones, Greg Gordon. Steve Ett, Rod Hui and Steven Linsley, Chuck Chillout and Keith (Wizard K-Jee) Boxley.

Countdown to Armageddon(Ridenhour/Sadler/Shocklee);
Mind Terrorist (Ridenhour/Sadler/Shocklee);

Louder Than a Bomb (Ridenhour/Sadler/Shocklee);

Known Samples Used:

Kool and The Gang. Live at the Sex Machine: (De-Lite 1971)-"Who's Gonna Take the Weight?"

Mountain. Mountain Live -"Long Red"

Caught, Can We Get a Witness(Ridenhour/Sadler/Shocklee);

Known Samples Used:

Barkays, The. Gotta Groove: (Volt 1969)-"Son of Shaft"

Byrd, Bobby. Single (Brownstone 1971)-"Hot Pants. . . I'm Coming, I'm Coming, I'm Coming" (Note: Like the James Brown Jungle Groove scenario, it is possible that many Byrd, Lyn Collins etc. samples came from James Brown's Funky People compilations (Polygram 1986/1988) respectively)

Hayes, Issac. Shaft: (Stax/Enterprise 1971)-"Theme from Shaft"

Show ‘Em Whatcha Got(Ridenhour/Sadler/Shocklee);

Known Samples Used:

Malik: (Makossa 1976)-"Darkest Light"

Wattstax: (Stax 1972) -"Medley (Son of Shaft/Feel It)"

She Watch Channel Zero?!(Drayton/Griffin/Ridenhour/Sadler/Shocklee);

Known Samples Used:

Brown, James. Single (King 1969)-"Funky Drummer"

Slayer. "Angel of Death"

Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos (Drayton/Ridenhour/Sadler/Shocklee);

Known Samples Used:

Hayes, Issac. Hot Buttered Soul: (Enterprise 1968)- "Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic"

Wonder, Stevie. Innervisions: (Tamla 1973)-"Living for the City"

Security of the First World (Ridenhour/Sadler/Shocklee);

Party for Your Right to Fight(Ridenhour/Sadler/Shocklee);

Known Samples Used:

Brown, James. Single (King 1970)- "Get Up, Get into It, Get Involved" (NOTE: probably 'James Brown in the Jungle Groove' compilation though)

Byrd, Bobby. I Need Help: (King 1970)-"I Know You Got Soul"

Funkadelic: Tales of a Kidd Funkadelic: (Westbound 1976)- "Butt-to-Butt"

  • Professor Griff -Vocals;
  • Chuck D. -Vocals/Carl Ryder-Producer;
  • Steven Ett-Mixing;
  • Fab 5 Freddie -Vocals;
  • Flavor Flav -Vocals;
  • John Harrison-Engineer;
  • Rod Hui- Mixing;
  • Jeff Jones - Engineer;
  • Rick Rubin-Executive Producer;
  • Nick Sansano -Engineer;
  • Christopher Shaw -Engineer;
  • Hank Shocklee - Programming, Producer;
  • Terminator X/Norman Rogers - Scratching and Turntables;
  • Chuck Valle-Engineer;
  • Eric Sadler -Programming, Assistant Producer;
  • Bill Stephney - Production Supervisor;
  • Erica Johnson -Vocals;
  • Oris Josphe - Vocals;
  • Johnny Juice Rosado - Scratching, Turntables;
  • Greg Gordon-Engineer;
  • Jim Sabella- Engineer;
  • Keith Boxley-Mixing;
  • Chuck Chillout -Mixing;
  • Matt Tritto-Engineer;

 

Album Release: It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back

Countdown to Armageddon (Ridenhour/Sadler/Shocklee); Bring the Noise (Ridenhour/Sadler/Shocklee); Don’t Believe the Hype (Drayton/Ridenhour/Sadler/Shocklee); Cold Lampin’ with Flavor (Drayton/Sadler/Shocklee); Terminator X to the Edge of Panic (Drayton/Ridenhour/Rogers); Mind Terrorist (Ridenhour/Sadler/Shocklee); Louder Than a Bomb (Ridenhour/Sadler/Shocklee); Caught, Can We Get a Witness (Ridenhour/Sadler/Shocklee); Show ‘Em Whatcha Got (Ridenhour/Sadler/Shocklee); She Watch Channel Zero?! (Drayton/Griffin/Ridenhour/Sadler/Shocklee); Night of the Living Baseheads (Ridenhour/Sadler/Shocklee); Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos (Drayton/Ridenhour/Sadler/Shocklee); Security of the First World (Ridenhour/Sadler/Shocklee); Rebel Without a Pause (Ridenhour/Rogers/Sadler/Shocklee); Prophets of Rage (Drayton/Ridenhour/Sadler/Shocklee); Party for Your Right to Fight (Ridenhour/Sadler/Shocklee)

Def Jam/Columbia (44303)/ CD Def Jam CK-44303/ CS Def Jam FCT-44303/ 1995 CD Island 527441/2

 

Album Reviews

  • Rolling Stone (11/89) - Ranked #12 in Rolling Stone’s "100 Best Albums Of The Eighties" survey.
  • Spin - Included in Spin’s list of the Top Ten College Cult Classics ...'In any context, a revolutionary work...'
  • Q Magazine (9/95, p.132) - 5 Stars - 'Indispensable ...the greatest rap album of all time, a landmark and classic....'
  • New Musical Express (9/25/93, p.18) - Ranked #5 in NME’s list of The 50 Greatest Albums Of The ‘80s ...'[IT TAKES A NATION...] drags punk, rock, and hip-hop screaming towards the end of the century....Definitive...'
  • New Musical Express (10/2/93, p.29) - Ranked #9 in NME’s list of the ‘Greatest Albums Of All Time.’
  • Alternative Press (7/95, pp.76-77) - Ranked #6 in AP’s list of the ‘Top 99 Of ‘85-‘95’ ...After IT TAKES A NATION OF MILLIONS TO HOLD US BACK, rap couldn’t just be stupid and boom and yelp—it had to have production values and ‘relevance’...
  • Melody Maker (7/22/95, p.35) - Bloody Essential...I hadn’t believed it could get harder [than YO! BUM RUSH THE SHOW]. Or better....It was like being beaten over the head in four/four time with a skip...
  • New Musical Express (7/15/95, p.47) - 10 (out of 10)...the greatest hip-hop album ever....this wasn’t merely a sonic triumph. This was also where Chuck wrote a fistful of lyrics that promoted him to the position of foremost commentator/documentor of life in the underbelly of the USA....