Public EnemyFear Of A Black Planet

Label:Def Jam Recordings – C 45413, Def Jam Recordings – 45413, Columbia – C 45413, Columbia – 45413
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Genre:Hip Hop


A1Contract On The World Love Jam (Instrumental)
Written-ByThe Bomb Squad
A2Brothers Gonna Work It Out
Written-ByThe Bomb Squad
A3911 Is A Joke
Written-ByThe Bomb Squad, W. Drayton*
A4Incident At 66.6 FM (Instrumental)
Written-ByThe Bomb Squad
A5Welcome To The Terrordome
Written-ByThe Bomb Squad
A6Meet The G That Killed Me
Written-ByThe Bomb Squad
Written-ByThe Bomb Squad
A8Anti-Nigger Machine
Written-ByThe Bomb Squad
A9Burn Hollywood Burn2:46
A10Power To The People
Written-ByThe Bomb Squad
B1Who Stole The Soul?
Written-ByThe Bomb Squad
B2Fear Of A Black Planet
Written-ByThe Bomb Squad
B3Revolutionary Generation
Written-ByThe Bomb Squad
B4Can't Do Nuttin' For Ya Man
Written-ByThe Bomb Squad
B5Reggie Jax
Written-ByThe Bomb Squad
B6Leave This Off Your Fu✩kin Charts (Instrumental)
Written-ByN. Rogers*, The Bomb Squad
B7B Side Wins Again
Written-ByThe Bomb Squad
B8War At 33 1/3
Written-ByThe Bomb Squad
B9Final Count Of The Collision Between Us And The Damned (Instrumental)
Written-ByThe Bomb Squad
B10Fight The Power
SaxophoneBranford Marsalis
Written-ByThe Bomb Squad

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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 (A9): ASCAP
  • 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
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, variant 3): AL-45413-1A G 3 A17 MASTERDISK DMM
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, variant 3): BL-45413-1A G1 B15 MASTERDISK DMM
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, variant 4): AL-45413-1A G1 MASTERDISK DMM
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, variant 4): BL-45413-1A G1 B22 MASTERDISK DMM
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, variant 5): AL-45413-1A G A9 MASTERDISK DMM
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, variant 5): BL-45413-1A G1 B11 MASTERDISK DMM
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, variant 6): AL-45413-1A G A14 MASTERDISK DMM
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, variant 6): BL-45413-1A G2 A8 MASTERDISK DMM
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, variant 7): AL-45413-1A G1 A5 MASTERDISK DMM
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, variant 7): BL-45413-1A G1 C5 MASTERDISK DMM
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, variant 8): AL-45413-1A G A10 MASTERDISK DMM
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, variant 8): BL-45413-1A G1 C9 MASTERDISK DMM

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Fear Of A Black Planet (CD, Album)Def Jam Recordings, CBS466281 2Europe1990
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Fear Of A Black Planet (Cassette, Album)Def Jam Recordings466281 4Europe1990
Fear Of A Black Planet (LP, Album)Def Jam Recordings, CBS466281 1Europe1990
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Fear Of A Black Planet (Cassette, Album, )Def Jam RecordingsCT 45413US1990
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Fear Of A Black Planet (Terminator X DJ Performance Discs) (3×12", Limited Edition, Promo)Def Jam Recordings, ColumbiaCAS 2079/80/81US1990



  • lionel_cosgrove's avatar
    Edited 7 months ago
    This album by the mighty PE always left and still leaves me with the feeling that it could have been a bit more condensed, running quite long time and not every minute feels equally powerful & dense. I think it all just had to come out and to be said, Chuck D is a major spitter and the chemistry with Flav is just per-fec-tion, so they took their space and time. However, WHENEVER they roll in, my goodness, it's still a steamroll! With "Brothers Gonna Work It Out", "911 Is A Joke", "Welcome To The Terrordome", "Burn Hollywood Burn", "Fear Of A Black Planet", "Who Stole The Soul?" and of course "Fight The Power" it delivers a whole bunch of explosive classics, but the b-side overall drags a bit, to be honest, and here and there I would have liked it to be a little crisper. I find the predecessor from 1988 to be more convincing, I know these albums are rather hard to compare on some level, but which comes almost ridiculously tight and compact, like a "best of" or something. This is of course complaining at a super high level and the first 3 PE albums are their finest. So still full marks for this milestone.
    • Jeffmk7078
      Found at a local thrift store in really good condition with original cover is one of my better finds and can confirm how amazing this copy sounds (played through higher end audio equipment). It is in my (this shit plays awesome crate!!) 👍👍
      • skoolbus's avatar
        Vinyl Me Please is releasing a membership-only 2xLP version in September.

        • stephen3000's avatar
          This is over an hour crammed into one LP. Haven’t heard this pressing, but I can’t imagine it sounds very good.
          • Klaus151's avatar
            Edited 4 years 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!
            • supergoing's avatar
              Edited 7 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.


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