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The Truth Is in the Mess: On Public Enemy’s Fear of a Black Planet

This week, we'll be running a series of essays from the next issue of our print quarterly, The Pitchfork Review, in which writers discuss political music that opened their eyes. Read them all here. Fear of a Black Planet was the first record I ever heard that seemed to contain far more information than I could possibly absorb. It was immediately obvious that Public Enemy leader Chuck D was trying to convey a hundred different things and that it would take the listener—or at least this listener—a long time to work out what they all were.
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