Public Enemy ‎– Fear Of A Black Planet

Def Jam Recordings ‎– C 45413, Def Jam Recordings ‎– 45413, Columbia ‎– C 45413, Columbia ‎– 45413
Vinyl, LP, Album, Carrollton Pressing

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A1 Contract On The World Love Jam (Instrumental) 1:44
A2 Brothers Gonna Work It Out 5:05
A3 911 Is A Joke
Written-By – W. Drayton*
A4 Incident At 66.6 FM (Instrumental) 1:37
A5 Welcome To The Terrordome 5:24
A6 Meet The G That Killed Me 0:44
A7 Pollywanacraka 3:52
A8 Anti-Nigger Machine 3:17
A9 Burn Hollywood Burn
Featuring – Big Daddy Kane, Ice CubeWritten-By – A. Hardy*, O. Jackson*
A10 Power To The People 4:49
B1 Who Stole The Soul? 3:52
B2 Fear Of A Black Planet 3:40
B3 Revolutionary Generation 5:43
B4 Can't Do Nuttin' For Ya Man 2:45
B5 Reggie Jax 1:35
B6 Leave This Off Your Fu*kin' Charts (Instrumental)
Written-By – N. Rogers*
B7 B Side Wins Again 3:39
B8 War At 33 1/3 2:13
B9 Final Count Of The Collision Between Us And The Damned (Instrumental) 0:48
B10 Fight The Power
Edited By – Shayne Sealy, Terrence SmithSaxophone – Branford Marsalis

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Recorded at Greene Street Recording, New York City.
Recorded and mixed at The Music Palace, West Hempstead, Long Island (Michael Bona Studios).
Additional Recording at Spectrum City Studios, Strong Island.
Mastered at Masterdisk.
Extended version of "Fight The Power" edited at Unique Recording, New York City. Music from "Do The Right Thing."

Big Daddy Kane appears courtesy of Warner / Reprise / Cold Chillin' Records
Ice Cube appears courtesy of Priority Records / Gangster Boogie Music Inc.
Professor Griff and The Last Asiatic Disciples appear courtesy of Luke Skyywalker

All praise is due to Allah (God)

Comes with custom inner sleeve featuring lyrics on one side, full album credits, logos and photo on the other side.

Direct Metal Mastering (DMM).

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Barcode (Text): 0 7464-45413-1
  • Barcode (Scanned): 074644541311
  • Pressing Plant ID (Scribed in runouts): G1
  • Matrix / Runout (Label A): AL 45413
  • Matrix / Runout (Label B): BL 45413
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, variant 1): AL-45413-1A G A-7 MASTERDISK DMM
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, variant 1): BL-45413-1A G1 C8 MASTERDISK DMM
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, variant 2): AL-45413-1A G1 B21 MASTERDISK DMM
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, variant 2): BL-45413-1A G1 B15 MASTERDISK DMM

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
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
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
CT 45413 Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet(Cass, Album, Dol) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia CT 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
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


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April 10, 2020
edited 7 months ago

30 years anniversary on this exact date. The first 2 PE albums revolutionized the distinctive and noisy identity of Public Enemy's sonic brilliance but 'Fear Of A Black Planet' came over as a completely coherent and conceptualized album. Bomb Squad's production is out of this World and listening to this masterpiece is like reading your favorite book. You simply get drawn into the perfect narrative that the entire team surrounding Public Enemy laid out on this album. Fight The Power!


June 9, 2016
edited over 4 years ago

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.


April 10, 2015

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."