Must Listen: Public Enemy’s It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back Deconstructed (Audio)

If the Hip-Hop media trailblazers at ego trip sleep on something, the rest of us may be in R.E.M. too. This week, Ted Bawno’s crew pointed out a 2013 podcast/mix from DJ Moneyshot that had been overlooked by many (including us). The mix celebrates 25 years of the massively-acclaimed Solid Steel radio show, as well as Public Enemy’s seminal 1988 album, It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back.


ego trip just came upon and promptly shared Moneyshot’s mix, known as Solid Steel And The Hour Of Chaos, and so are we:

As Solid Steel points out, the mix contains “Over 60 blistering minutes he takes in all the beats, breaks, samples and spoken word nuggets that made this seminal Bomb Squad production (It Takes A Nation…) such an explosive release. Amongst the vast stack of tracks in the mix, expect words of wisdom from Louis Farrakhan, exclusive interviews with (The Bomb Squad’s) Hank Shocklee, and all the Soul, Rock & Roll and early rap tracks that went into making up P.E’s (if not Hip-Hop’s) finest album.

Like The Dust Brothers (Beastie Boys) and Prince Paul (De La Soul/Stetsasonic), The Bomb Squad (Hank Shocklee, Eric “Vietnam” Sadler, Keith Shocklee, Chuck D, Gary G-Wiz, and Kerwin “Sleek” Young, as well as uncredited member Johnny Juice) tirelessly chopped and integrated samples into a series of albums with P.E., Ice Cube, and others. You’ll see just how much their vinyl (to match Chuck’s uzi) weighed in this mix…

In a slow week, take some time to re-consider (albeit through deconstruction) a Hip-Hop MASTERPIECE.

Here’s the tracklist:

V/A _ 87 Long Island Radio Dial Intro _ mp3
Mr. Magic & Marley Marl _ Public Enemy Diss – WBLS, MARCH ’87 _ mp3
The Bar-Kays _ Son of Shaft _ Stax
Malcolm X _ Message to the Grassroots _ Afro Records
The Disco Four _ Do It, Do It _ Enjoy Records
Bobby Byrd _ I Know You Got Soul _ Polydor
The JBs _ The Grunt _ Polydor
Public Enemy _ Night of the Living Baseheads (Video Version) _ Def Jam
Public Enemy _ Bring the Noise (acc) _ Def Jam
Louis Boston _ Fonk A Job _ mp3
Hank Shocklee _ Excluisve Interviews _ Moneyshot’s Own
Public Enemy _ Night of the Living Baseheads (Terminator X Meets DST and Chuck Chill Out Instrumental Mix) _ Def Jam
Lafayette Afro Rock Band _ Darkest Light _ America Records
Minister Louis Farrakhan _ Minister Farrakhan Speaks at “Jack The Rapper Family Affair” Conference _ Final Call Records
Sly & The Family Stone _ Sing a Simple Song _ Epic
The JBs _ Gimme Some More _ Polydor
James Brown _ Escape-ism _ King Records
Rufus Thomas _ Live at Wattstax _ Stax
The Bar-Kays _ Live at Wattstax _ Stax
Aretha Franklin _ Rocksteady _ Atlantic
Run DMC _ Sucker MCs _ Profile Records
Chubb Rock _ Rock ‘n’ Roll Dude _ Select Records
Public Enemy _ Night of the Living Baseheads (Anti-High Blood Pressure Encounter Mixx) _ Def Jam
James Brown _ Funky Drummer _ King Records
Slayer _ Angel of Death _ Def Jam
Public Enemy _ She Watch Channel Zero _ Def Jam
David Bowie _ Fame _ EMI
Big Audio Dynamite _ BAD _ Columbia
Masterdon Committee _ Funkbox Party _ Enjoy Records
GrandWizzard Theodore _ Fantastic Freaks At The Dixie _ Chrysalis
Public Enemy _ Caught, Can We Get A Witness (Pre Black Steel Ballistic Felony Dub) _ Def Jam
Public Enemy _ Live at London DMC 1988 _ DMC
The Sweet _ Funk It Up (David’s Song) _ RCA Victor
Bobby Byrd _ Hot Pants (Bonus Beats) _ Urban
Bobby Byrd _ Hot Pants _ Urban
Double Dee + Steinski _ Lesson 1 _ Tommy Boy
Queen _ Double Dee + Steinski _ EMI
Public Enemy _ – Rebel Without a Pause (acc) _ Def Jam
Public Enemy _ – Prophets of Rage (Video Mix) _ Def Jam
Run DMC _ Here We Go (Live at The Funhouse) _ Profile Records
Spoonie Gee & The Treacherous Three _ Love Rap _ Enjoy Records
James Brown _ Cold Sweat _ Polydor
Original Concept _ Pump That Bass _ Def Jam
Public Enemy _ Don’t Believe the Hype _ Def Jam
Prophets of Rage Documentary _ “Sampling” _ BBC
Earth, Wind & Fire _ Shining Star _ CBS
Kool & The Gang _ Who’s Gonna Take the Weight _ De-Lite Records
Funkadelic _ Get Off Your Ass and Jam _ Westbound
Kurtis Blow _ Christmas Rappin’ _ Mercury
Commodores _ The Assembly Line _ Motown
Funkadelic _ Butt-To-Butt Resuscitation _ Westbound
Juice _ Catch A Groove _ Greedy Records Ltd
Boogie Boys _ Rappin’ Ain’t No Thing _ Mike & Dave Records
Marva Whitney _ It’s My Thing _ Polydor
Kurtis Blow _ AJ Scratch _ Mercury
James Brown _ Give It Up Or Turnit Loose (In The Jungle Groove remix) _
The Temptations _ I Can’t Get Next to You _ Tamla Motown
The Escorts _ Little Green Apples _ Alithia
James Brown _ I Got Ants In My Pants _ Polydor
Trix Cereal _ 60s Commercial _ mp3
Melvin Bliss _ Synthetic Substitution _ Sunburst Records
Isaac Hayes _ Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic _ Enterprise
Public Enemy _ Terminator X Speaks With His Hands _ Def Jam
Beastie Boys _ Fight for Your Right to Party _ Def Jam
Stevie Wonder _ Living of the City _ Tamla Motown
Mountain _ Long Red (Live) _ Island Records
Public Enemy _ Live on Soul Train _ mp3
T-La Rock _ It’s Yours _ Partytime Records
Public Enemy _ Cold Lampin’ With Flavor _ Def Jam
Whodini _ Fugitive _ Jive
The Chakachas _ Jungle Fever _ Polydor
Sly & The Family Stone _ You Can Make it if You Try _ Epic
Salt ‘n’ Pepa _ My Mic Sounds Nice _ Next Plateau Records Inc.
Davy DMX _ One For the Treble (Fresh) _ Tuff City
Jefferson Starship _ Rock Music _ Grunt Records
James Brown _ Soul Power _ King Records
Public Enemy _ Rebel Without a Pause (DJ Moneyshot’s ‘More Nation’s Samples’ Remix) _ N/A
Joeski Love _ Pee Wee’s Dance _ Vintertainment
The Soul Children _ I Don’t Know What This World Is Coming To _ Stax
V/A _ Outro _ N/A

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