Reprinted from the January 1995 edition of The 411:
"In 1995, you'll twist to this/
as you raise your fist to the music"
Even though it's been just three months since our interview and cover story with Public Enemy's Chuck D, I couldn't help but pick Fear of a Black Planet as 1995's first Hip-Hop Classic.
The follow-up to It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back continues P.E.'s outspoken political stance on a range of issues. "Pollywanacraka" and the title track focus on interracial relationships, "Revolutionary Generation" deals with respecting women, Flavor Flav's "911 Is A Joke" addresses the faults of our emergency system, "Meet the G That Killed Me" discusses AIDS, and "Burn Hollywood Burn" enlists the help of Big Daddy Kane and Ice Cube for an attack on moviemakers and the roles they give to African-Americans, and was a prophecy of things to come (the L.A. riots). To finish the album off, P.E. brought back 1989's "Fight The Power" from the "Do the Right Thing" soundtrack.
All in all, Fear of a Black Planet is a definite classic, and you can bet that when the clock struck 12 on January 1, I was twistin' to it.