Public Enemy ‎– Fear Of A Black Planet

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Album Sales: 1,000,000+
First Release Date: April 1990

The third studio album from Public Enemy. Like their previous album, "It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back", it is considered one of their most commercially successful albums as well as one of the most influential rap albums. Although the album was released in 1990, the first two singles, "Fight The Power" and "Welcome To The Terrordome", were released in 1989. Actually, Public Enemy had planned to release "Fear Of A Black Planet" in 1989.

"Fear Of A Black Planet" reached Number 10 in the Billboard Top 200 and produced five singles:
"Fight The Power"
"Welcome To The Terrordome"
"911 Is A Joke"
"Brothers Gonna Work It Out"
"Can't Do Nuttin' For Ya Man"

Versions (68)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
C 45413, 45413 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(LP, Album) Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings, Columbia, Columbia C 45413, 45413 US 1990 Sell This Version
CAS 2079/80/81 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet (Terminator X DJ Performance Discs)(3x12", Ltd, Promo) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia CAS 2079/80/81 US 1990 Sell This Version
CSCS 5102 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(CD, Album) CBS, Def Jam Recordings CSCS 5102 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
CK 45413 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(CD, Album) Def Jam Recordings CK 45413 Canada 1990 Sell This Version
466281 2 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(CD, Album) Def Jam Recordings, CBS 466281 2 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
466281 2 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(CD, Album) CBS 466281 2 Australia 1990 Sell This Version
CK 45413 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(CD, Album) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia CK 45413 US 1990 Sell This Version
CK 45413 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(CD, Album) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia CK 45413 US 1990 Sell This Version
CCK 45413, 783795T Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(CD, Album, Club) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia House CCK 45413, 783795T Canada 1990 Sell This Version
314 523 446-2 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(CD, Album, Club, RE) Def Jam Recordings 314 523 446-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
466281 2 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(CD, Album, RE) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia 466281 2 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
466281 4 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(Cass, Album) Def Jam Recordings 466281 4 UK 1990 Sell This Version
466281 4 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(Cass, Album) Def Jam Recordings, CBS 466281 4 Spain 1990 Sell This Version
466281 4 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(Cass, Album) Def Jam Recordings 466281 4 Greece 1990 Sell This Version
466281 4 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(Cass, Album) Def Jam Recordings 466281 4 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
CCT 45413 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(Cass, Album) Def Jam Recordings CCT 45413 Canada 1990 Sell This Version
466281 4 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(Cass, Album) Def Jam Recordings, CBS 466281 4 Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
CT 45413, CT45413, 45413 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(Cass, Album) Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings, Columbia, Columbia, Columbia CT 45413, CT45413, 45413 US 1990 Sell This Version
466281 4 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(Cass, Album) CBS 466281 4 Australia 1990 Sell This Version
CCT 45413 (783795C), CRC CCT 45413 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(Cass, Album, Club) Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings CCT 45413 (783795C), CRC CCT 45413 Canada 1990 Sell This Version
CT 45413 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(Cass, Album, Club) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia CT 45413 US 1990 Sell This Version
CT 45413 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(Cass, Album, Dol) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia CT 45413 Canada 1990 Sell This Version
CT 45413 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(Cass, Album, Sta) Def Jam Recordings CT 45413 US 1990 Sell This Version
POKER 912 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Poker Sound POKER 912 Poland 1990 Sell This Version
466281 1 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(LP, Album) CBS 466281 1 Spain 1990 Sell This Version
466281 1 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(LP, Album) Def Jam Recordings, CBS 466281 1 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
466281 1 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(LP, Album) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia 466281 1 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
466281 1 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(LP, Album) CBS 466281 1 Australia 1990 Sell This Version
466281 1, DEF 466281 1 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(LP, Album) Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings 466281 1, DEF 466281 1 Greece 1990 Sell This Version
466281 1 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(LP, Album) Def Jam Recordings 466281 1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
188.087/1-466201 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(LP, Album) Epic 188.087/1-466201 Brazil 1990 Sell This Version
466281 1 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(LP, Album) CBS 466281 1 Australia 1990 Sell This Version
466281 1, 466281 21 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(LP, Album, Ltd) Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings 466281 1, 466281 21 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
MG 1669 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(Cass, Album, Unofficial) MG Records (2) MG 1669 Poland 1992 Sell This Version
595 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Brawo 595 Poland 1992 Sell This Version
314 523 446-2 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(CD, Album) Def Jam Recordings 314 523 446-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
P2-23446 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(CD, Album, Club, RE) Def Jam Recordings P2-23446 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
P2-23446 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(CD, Album, Club, RE) Def Jam Recordings P2-23446 US 1994 Sell This Version
523 446-2 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(CD, Album, RE) Def Jam Recordings 523 446-2 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
523 446-2 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(CD, Album, RE) Def Jam Recordings 523 446-2 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
523 446-2 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(CD, Album, RE) Def Jam Recordings 523 446-2 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
314 523 446-2 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(CD, Album, RE) Def Jam Recordings, PolyGram Group Canada Inc. 314 523 446-2 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
523 446-2 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(CD, Album, RE) Def Jam Recordings 523 446-2 Australasia 1994 Sell This Version
314 523 446-4 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(Cass, Album, RE) Def Jam Recordings 314 523 446-4 US 1994 Sell This Version
SVLP 227 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180) Simply Vinyl SVLP 227 UK 2000 Sell This Version
SVLP 227 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(LP, Album, Promo, RE, 180) Simply Vinyl SVLP 227 UK 2000 Sell This Version
523 446-4 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(Cass, Album, RE) Def Jam Recordings, Ukrainian Records, Universal, Moon Records (2) 523 446-4 Ukraine 2003 Sell This Version
C454134PD Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(LP, Album, Pic, RE) Def Jam Recordings C454134PD UK 2007 Sell This Version
C454134PD Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(LP, Album, RE, TP, Whi) Def Jam Recordings C454134PD UK 2007 Sell This Version
B0022079-02 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + Dlx) Def Jam Recordings, UMe B0022079-02 US 2014 Sell This Version
0602547045744 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + Dlx) Def Jam Recordings 0602547045744 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
314 523 446-2 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(CD, Album, RP) Def Jam Recordings 314 523 446-2 US 2014 Sell This Version
00602537998647 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(LP, Album, RE, 180) Def Jam Recordings, Universal Music Group International 00602537998647 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
B0021703-01 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(LP, Album, RE, 3D ) Def Jam Recordings B0021703-01 USA & Canada 2014 Sell This Version
UICY-15362/3 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + Dlx, SHM) Def Jam Recordings, USM Japan UICY-15362/3 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
466281 1 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(LP, Album, RE, Unofficial) Def Jam Recordings (2) 466281 1 Netherlands 2016 Sell This Version
CK 45413 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(CD, Album, Club, RE) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia CK 45413 US Unknown Sell This Version
466281 2 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(CD, Album, RE) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia 466281 2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
466281 2 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(CD, Album, RE) Def Jam Recordings 466281 2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
314 523 446-2 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(CD, Album, RE) Def Jam Recordings 314 523 446-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
523 446-2 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(CD, Album, RE, RP) Def Jam Recordings, Rush Artist Management 523 446-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
CK 45413 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(CD, Album, RP) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia CK 45413 US Unknown Sell This Version
RP 1951 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Michael RP 1951 Thailand Unknown Sell This Version
060-6319 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Delta (23) 060-6319 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
SVLP 227 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(LP, Album, Ltd, RE) Simply Vinyl, Def Jam Recordings SVLP 227 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
SVLP 227 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180) Def Jam Recordings, Simply Vinyl SVLP 227 UK Unknown Sell This Version
466281 1 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(LP, Album, RE) Def Jam Recordings, CBS 466281 1 UK Unknown Sell This Version
466281 1 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(LP, Album, RE, Unofficial) Def Jam Recordings (2), CBS (2) 466281 1 Europe Unknown Sell This Version

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Redlove73

Redlove73

July 17, 2018
referencing Fear Of A Black Planet, CD, Album, 466281 2

My 98 was 87 on a record yo
So now I go Bronco.. nuff said
Candy_Guru

Candy_Guru

May 24, 2018
referencing Fear Of A Black Planet, CD, Album, 466281 2

For me this is an epitome of rap. Conscious and powerful. The production by Bomb Squad is unparalleled and, due to sampling restrictions that were introduced a couple of years after, will probably remain so in the future. Layer upon layer of samples create a soundscape of sonic concrete upon which the voice of Chuck D towers vigorously.
However, I'd really love to hear a carefully remastered edition, which wouldn't have to be much louder, but just punchier.
jon.scanlon

jon.scanlon

April 16, 2017
referencing Fear Of A Black Planet (Terminator X DJ Performance Discs), 3x12", Ltd, Promo, CAS 2079/80/81
A reminder that though this 20 track album probably belongs on 3 thick slabs of wax like this, the version here omits some of the best singles ('911 Is A Joke' and 'Welcome To The Terrordome', and of course 'Fight The Power'). For me, that's 3 of the best things on this classic title, missing.
Midugno

Midugno

September 11, 2016
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Fear Of A Black Planet, LP, Album, RE, 3D , B0021703-01
The sound quality is good. The problem is that the volume is too low. The lenticular printing is fine.
supergoing

supergoing

June 9, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Fear Of A Black Planet, LP, Album, C 45413, 45413

Wow -- this original pressing is mindblowing. The CD or digital files of this classic just don't do justice to the massive sound of the Bomb Squad here -- what once was almost tinny and small is here otherworldly and immersive. I've always thought this was their greatest album but listening to it in this form only made me appreciate it even more. Grab it if you can.
Flip_Sides...

Flip_Sides...

April 10, 2015
referencing Fear Of A Black Planet, LP, Album, C 45413, 45413

The NME revisits the LP, April 10. 2015.

Public Enemy: 25 Years On, Why 'Fear Of A Black Planet' Is More Relevant Than Ever

"As Public Enemy’s ‘Fear Of A Black Planet’ turns 25 it couldn’t be more relevant. It stands as a masterpiece of righteous anger and furious energy. Lyrically, tragically, tracks like ‘911 Is A Joke’ and ‘Fight The Power’ returned to the forefront of the cultural discourse last year after the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown at the hands of the American police."

http://www.nme.com/features/public-enemy-25-years-on-why-fear-of-a-black-planet-is-more-relevant-than-ever?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=publicenemy
Skywalka

Skywalka

December 27, 2014
referencing Fear Of A Black Planet (Terminator X DJ Performance Discs), 3x12", Ltd, Promo, CAS 2079/80/81
Can anybody tell me what track E3 is? Is it a mislabeled track from the regular album or something new?

Thanx.
tpvb

tpvb

May 13, 2014
referencing Fear Of A Black Planet, CD, Album, 314 523 446-2
The USA CD edition on Def Jam Recordings with catalog number 314 523 446-2 is not a 1990 release, but a 1994 rerelease. The original 1990 USA CD edition is on Def Jam Recordings/Columbia with catalog number CK 45413.
andyman5

andyman5

January 20, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
referencing Fear Of A Black Planet, CD, Album, 466281 2

I was shocked to find that no one has left a comment on this tremendous record! Brilliant production, stunning social commentary, the comic balance of Flava Flav to Chuck D's stinging flow = unbridled brilliance. I can't think of a record that has been sampled more, especially by the old school hard-core and rave productions circa 90'-93'and rightfully so. While many find "Nations" to be PE's finest hour, I believe this record tops that. Cheers to Chuck D, Flav, Professor Griff and the whole Shocklee Bomb Squad team for making such a great and groundbreaking record.