Public Enemy ‎– It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back

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Album Sales: 1,000,000+
First Release Date: April 1988

The second studio album from Public Enemy. It is considered one of their most commercially successful albums as well as one of the most influential rap albums. By August of 1989, it was certified platinum in sales by the RIAA, after shipments of one million copies in the United States.

"It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back" reached Number 42 in the Billboard Top 200 and produced four singles:
"Don't Believe The Hype"
"Night Of The Living Baseheads"
"Bring The Noise (No Noise Version)"
"Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos"

Versions (83)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
C 44303, FC 44303 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(LP, Album) Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings, Columbia, Columbia C 44303, FC 44303 US 1988 Sell This Version
BWT44303 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions Of Hold Us Back(Cass, Album, Mat) Def Jam Recordings BWT44303 US 1988 Sell This Version
CK 44303 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(CD, Album) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia CK 44303 US 1988 Sell This Version
CK 44303 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(CD, Album) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia CK 44303 US 1988 Sell This Version
CK 44303 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(CD, Album) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia CK 44303 US 1988 Sell This Version
BFCK-44303 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(CD, Album) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia BFCK-44303 US 1988 Sell This Version
CK 44303 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(CD, Album) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia CK 44303 US 1988 Sell This Version
25DP 5209 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(CD, Album) Def Jam Recordings 25DP 5209 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
462415 2 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(CD, Album) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia 462415 2 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
DEF 462415 2, 01-462415-10 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(CD, Album) Def Jam Recordings, CBS DEF 462415 2, 01-462415-10 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
BFCT-44303 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(Cass, Album) Def Jam Recordings BFCT-44303 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
DEF 462415 4 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(Cass, Album) Def Jam Recordings DEF 462415 4 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
DEF 462415 4 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(Cass, Album) Def Jam Recordings DEF 462415 4 1988 Sell This Version
DEF 462415 4 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(Cass, Album) Def Jam Recordings CBS DEF 462415 4 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
462415 4 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(Cass, Album) Def Jam Recordings 462415 4 UK 1988 Sell This Version
BFCT-44303 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(Cass, Album, Chr) Def Jam Recordings BFCT-44303 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
462415 4 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(Cass, Album, Opa) Def Jam Recordings 462415 4 Greece 1988 Sell This Version
FCT 44303, CT 44303 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(Cass, Album, Opa) Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings FCT 44303, CT 44303 US 1988 Sell This Version
FCT 44303, CT 44303 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(Cass, Album, Opa) Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings FCT 44303, CT 44303 US 1988 Sell This Version
FCT 44303 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(Cass, Album, Promo, Tra) Def Jam Recordings FCT 44303 US 1988 Sell This Version
FCT 44303, BWT 44303 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(Cass, Album, Tra) Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings FCT 44303, BWT 44303 US 1988 Sell This Version
FCT 44303, CT 44303 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(Cass, Album, Tra) Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings FCT 44303, CT 44303 US 1988 Sell This Version
BWT 44303 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(Cass, Album, Tra) Def Jam Recordings BWT 44303 US 1988 Sell This Version
FCT 44303, CT 44303 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(Cass, Album, Tra) Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings FCT 44303, CT 44303 US 1988 Sell This Version
177.180/1-462415 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(LP, Album) Epic 177.180/1-462415 Brazil 1988 Sell This Version
DEF 462415 1 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(LP, Album) CBS DEF 462415 1 Greece 1988 Sell This Version
DEF 462415 1 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(LP, Album) Def Jam Recordings, CBS, Columbia DEF 462415 1 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
FC 44303 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(LP, Album) Def Jam Recordings FC 44303 US 1988 Sell This Version
BFW 44303 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(LP, Album) Def Jam Recordings BFW 44303 US 1988 Sell This Version
462415 1 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(LP, Album) Def Jam Recordings, CBS 462415 1 UK 1988 Sell This Version
DEF 462415 1 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(LP, Album) Def Jam Recordings DEF 462415 1 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
462415 1 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(LP, Album) Def Jam Recordings, CBS 462415 1 Australia 1988 Sell This Version
DEF 462415 1 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(LP, Album) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia DEF 462415 1 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
BFC 44303 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(LP, Album) Def Jam Recordings BFC 44303 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
527 358-1 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(LP, Album) Def Jam Recordings 527 358-1 US 1988 Sell This Version
BFW 44303, FC 44303 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(LP, Album) Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings BFW 44303, FC 44303 US 1988 Sell This Version
DEF 462415 1 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(LP, Album) Def Jam Recordings, CBS DEF 462415 1 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
BFW 44303 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(LP, Album) Def Jam Recordings BFW 44303 US 1988 Sell This Version
BFW 44303 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(LP, Album, Promo) Def Jam Recordings BFW 44303 US 1988 Sell This Version
C 44303, FC 44303 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(LP, Album, Tex) Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings C 44303, FC 44303 US 1988 Sell This Version
462415 2 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(CD, Album) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia, CBS 462415 2 Australia 1990 Sell This Version
314 527 358-4 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(Cass, Album, RE) Def Jam Recordings 314 527 358-4 USA & Canada 1994 Sell This Version
P2-27358 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(CD, Album, Club, RE) Def Jam Recordings P2-27358 US 1995 Sell This Version
314 527 358-2 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(CD, Album, RE) Def Jam Recordings 314 527 358-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
527 358-2 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(CD, Album, RE) Def Jam Recordings 527 358-2 UK & Europe 1995 Sell This Version
PHCR-4056 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(CD, Album, RE) Def Jam Recordings PHCR-4056 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
none Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Global Music (4) none Russia 1998 Sell This Version
PHCR-94075 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(CD, Album, Ltd, RE) Def Jam Recordings PHCR-94075 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
542 423-2 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(CD, Album, Enh, RE, RM) Def Jam Recordings 542 423-2 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
314 542 423-2 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(CD, Album, Enh, RE, RM) Def Jam Recordings 314 542 423-2 Canada 2000 Sell This Version
542 423-2 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(CD, Album, Enh, RE, RM, RP) Def Jam Recordings 542 423-2 UK 2000 Sell This Version
527 358-1 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM) Def Jam Recordings 527 358-1 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
SVLP 214 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180) Simply Vinyl SVLP 214 UK 2000 Sell This Version
SVLP 214 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(LP, Album, Promo, RE, TP, 180) Simply Vinyl SVLP 214 UK 2000 Sell This Version
MR-934-2, 314 527 358-2 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(CD, Album, RE) Moon Records (2), Def Jam Recordings MR-934-2, 314 527 358-2 Ukraine 2004 Sell This Version
0602498141731 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(CD, Album, RE, RM + DVD-V, PAL) Def Jam Recordings 0602498141731 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
9827880 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(2xLP, Album, RE) Def Jam Recordings 9827880 US 2005 Sell This Version
SVLP5273583 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(LP, Album, Pic, RE) Def Jam Recordings SVLP5273583 UK 2007 Sell This Version
0600753468210 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(LP, Album, RE, 180) Def Jam Recordings 0600753468210 UK & Europe 2013 Sell This Version
006025 47045751 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(29xFile, WAV, Album, Dlx, RE) Universal UMC 006025 47045751 Europe 2014
314 527 358-2 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(CD, Album, RE) Def Jam Recordings 314 527 358-2 US 2014 Sell This Version
B0020176-00 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + DVD-V + Dlx) Def Jam Recordings, UMe B0020176-00 US 2014 Sell This Version
3773708 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + DVD-V + Dlx, Ltd) Def Jam Recordings 3773708 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
B0019394-01 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(LP, Album, Ltd, RE) Island Def Jam Music Group B0019394-01 US 2014 Sell This Version
B0019394-01 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Len) Island Def Jam Music Group B0019394-01 US 2014 Sell This Version
UICY-15364 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(CD, Album, RE, SHM + CD, Comp, SHM + DVD-V, RE, NT) Def Jam Recordings, USM Japan UICY-15364 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
B0025172-04 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(Cass, Album, RE, Bla) Def Jam Recordings B0025172-04 US 2016 Sell This Version
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none Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(16xFile, AAC, Album, 256) Def Jam Recordings none Australia Unknown
527 358-2 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(CD, Album) Def Jam Recordings 527 358-2 Australasia Unknown Sell This Version
542 423-2 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(CD, Album, Enh, RE, RM, RP) Def Jam Recordings 542 423-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
314 527 358-2 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(CD, Album, RE) Def Jam Recordings 314 527 358-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
527 358-2 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(CD, Album, RE) Def Jam Recordings 527 358-2 Australasia Unknown Sell This Version
314 527 358-2 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(CD, Album, RE) Def Jam Recordings 314 527 358-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
314 527 358-2 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(CD, Album, RE) Def Jam Recordings 314 527 358-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
527 358-2 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(CD, Album, RE) Def Jam Recordings 527 358-2 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
314 527 358-2 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(CD, Album, RE) Def Jam Recordings 314 527 358-2 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
527 358-2 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(CD, Album, RE) Def Jam Recordings 527 358-2 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
314 542 423-2 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(CD, Album, RE, RM) Def Jam Recordings 314 542 423-2 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
527 358-2 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(CD, Album, RP, PMD) Def Jam Recordings 527 358-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
770 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Poker Sound 770 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
DEF 452415 1 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(LP, Album) Def Jam Recordings, CBS DEF 452415 1 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
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jstockingsis

jstockingsis

October 1, 2018
referencing It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, LP, Album, RE, 180, 0600753468210
It sounds good to me. Ive had some issues in the past with low volume levels on some of the B2B series pressings where you had to turn volume up to the point you could hear the grooves this one is fine though .
Doesnt say where the source media is from, so I will assume its digital recording, i will need to test this out on my vintage player at home, have only currently tried on AT LP-120.
AskeladdenBlack

AskeladdenBlack

August 17, 2018
referencing It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, LP, Album, C 44303, FC 44303
The differences between the 88 vinyl release and the 2000 release at a quick A/B comparison is the reissue is between 1.5 to 2 db louder and there is a wide boost centered around 5K also it seems they have slightly dropped via a low shelf everything below 300hz slightly on the reissue. Also the side info on the reissue has some scratchy distortion on the vocals which you sometimes get from lower res mp3’s, so I don't know what that is all about.
1200tech

1200tech

August 4, 2018
referencing It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, Cass, Album, Promo, Tra, FCT 44303

If someone else has this cassette, can you please submit a better photo/scan.
frankbullitt

frankbullitt

May 1, 2018
referencing It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, LP, Album, DEF 462415 1
Came with double sided printed innersleeve with Lyrics on one side ans on the other side with Infos ans shout outs.
ruderoy123

ruderoy123

March 12, 2018
referencing It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, LP, Album, DEF 452415 1
Night Of The Living Basehats should be "Night Of The Living Baseheads"
JohnLongo12

JohnLongo12

March 1, 2018
referencing It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Len, B0019394-01
How does this one sound? Does anyone know if you do please let me know!
BigBeat25

BigBeat25

January 13, 2018
edited 5 months ago
referencing It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, CD, Album, Enh, RE, RM, 542 423-2

One of the most sampled album of all time, especially in electronic music as far as I know. I would say that the sampling champions here are Freestylers, the British duo.
Indeed, for example, they use the "Bring The Noise" phrase as well as the first sentence of "Caught, Can We Get A Witness" in "Freestyle Noize".
Then, the melody of "Mind Terrorist" can be heard in "Dancehall Vibes" and the "Come On" of "Louder Than A Bomb" has been used in "London Sound".

But other groups have sampled them as well, such as Pretty Lights in « Electro Cali », Natural Born Chillers in « Rock The Funky Beat », etc. As you will have understood, they have been sampled almost everywhere.

Otherwise, this is my favorite release from the 80s. "Security Of The World" has such a stompin' beat, and "She Watch Channel Zero" knows how to combine metal and hip-hop perfectly. Chuck D's voice is very forceful, and Flavor's one is recognized amongst a thousand.

If you really like to rock the funky beat : buy this album, really. With shipping costs, the price remains cheaper than the newest CD's available in supermarkets or music stores. And compared to them, "It Takes A Million To Hold Us Back", is INFINITELY better.
Chew_SF

Chew_SF

July 14, 2017
referencing It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, LP, Album, C 44303, FC 44303

The BFW 44303 version has the PE name in Yellow, instead of Black. Yellow is used in non-US released versions. Apparently all US version have the PE title in Black. Can someone verify? Thanks.
Simonizr

Simonizr

May 18, 2017
referencing It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, LP, Album, DEF 462415 1
Chuck D is the man! Even Flava get some on this album!