Public Enemy have announced a vinyl reissue celebrating the 35th anniversary of their second album, ‘It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back’.
Scheduled for release on 10th November, the reissue of the album, which features singles including 'Bring the Noise' and 'Don't Believe The Hype', will be pressed on limited-run red or standard colours – available as a two-LP 180-gram vinyl set or a four-LP 180-gram vinyl set.
The four-LP version will feature bonus tracks from the deluxe CD, including instrumental and acapella mixes. It will also include extensive new liner notes penned by Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Q-Tip, and Questlove, along with a sticker insert of the Public Enemy logo.
In a statement, founding member of the hip-hop group, 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, [The Bomb Squad producer] 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. It ended up becoming a part of rap’s evolution from a singles-driven genre into the dawn of rap’s album age.” He continued.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, Chuck D narrated a new hip-hop history documentary podcast earlier this year. The series, ‘Can You Dig It? A Hip-Hop Origin Story’, which consists of five 30-minute episodes, is available to listen to on Audible now.
A number of classic hip-hop LP’s have seen reissues this year. Last July, Beastie Boys announced a vinyl reissue of ‘Hello, Nasty’ for its 25th anniversary, and in February, Dr. Dre announced a 30th anniversary vinyl tissue of ‘The Chronic’
You can pre-order a copy of the 35th anniversary vinyl reissue of ‘It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back’ here.