Vin Rican delivers the newest Wax Only featuring the classic samples used on Public Enemy’s second studio album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back.
The sophomore album from the iconic hip hop group was released 30 years ago on June 28th, 1988. The album sought to take on a political tone addressed social injustice of the time. With most of the album’s recording sessions taken place in New York City, the group intended to make music with faster tempos compared to their debut release.
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back reached platinum status after charting on the Billboard 200 chart for 49 weeks. The production and politically charged lyrics from group members Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Rick Rubin, Professor Griff, Khari Wynn, DJ Lord, and the S1W Group helped propel the new sound and success of the album.
Rican flips through the classic samples that include Marva Whitney’s “It’s My Thing,” The Chakachas’ “The Jungle,” Queen’s “Flash’s Theme,” and many more.
Peep all the throwback tracks on WAX ONLY below, as we celebrate Public Enemy’s Chuck D’s 58th birthday.
Check out last week’s Eric B. & Rakim’s Wax Only release here.