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What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down?

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The return of Public Enemy to Def Jam is quite something. Sure, the legendary American rap group also released What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down under their own label, Enemy Records. But it’s the return to their roots which makes this album truly symbolic. Since the New York band has been producing music for almost thirty-five years now, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. Well, it’s quite simple – this is undoubtedly the best album they have released in a long time. Joined by a whole host of legends, Public Enemy isn’t just making old-school rap music for fans over the age of forty. In this new album, you can enjoy George Clinton bringing his crazy funk-rock energy to GRID (also featuring Cypress Hill), the return of the Beastie Boys and the 80’s rap-rock trio Run-DMC on Public Enemy Number Won, as well as the legendary Ice-T and PMD (half of EPMD) in Smash the Crowd. Almost all of the tracks have transitions to remove any breaks between songs, giving the impression you’re in a train that’s going full steam ahead (except Go At It feat. Jahi). There’s not much to dislike about this album, from the calm and melancholic Blackat, a homage to a deceased friend, to the remix of Fight The Power which brings together a dream team of gangsters featuring Nas, Rapsody, Black Thought, Jahi, YG and Questlove from The Roots. Drawing on old-school sounds packed with heavy breakbeats and scratches and combining them with a deliberately organic sound (the group has always distinguished itself by its ability to bring the production equipment alive), Public Enemy has produced a complete and passionately urgent album which is entirely relevant and far from stuck in the past. © Brice Miclet/Qobuz

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1
When The Grid Go Down...
Public Enemy
00:01:31

Public Enemy, MainArtist - George Clinton, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Khari Wynn, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - C-DOC, Producer, Mixer, Drums, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Shawn Franklin, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David C. Snyder, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Enemy Records, LLC

2
GRID
Public Enemy
00:04:32

Cypress Hill, FeaturedArtist - Louis Freese, ComposerLyricist - Senen Reyes, ComposerLyricist - Carlton Ridenhour, ComposerLyricist - Public Enemy, MainArtist - George Clinton, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - B-Real, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Sen Dog, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Ron Mancuso, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Fletcher, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Khari Wynn, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ronnie Mancuso, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - C-DOC, Producer, Mixer, Drum Programmer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - JP Hesser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Grossi, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Torman Jahi, ComposerLyricist - Johnny "Juice" Rosado, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Shawn Franklin, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David C. Snyder, ComposerLyricist - Uncle Jam (George Clinton), Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kevin 'KJ' Jacoby, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Skinny Pablo, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Taitano Phillips, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Threepeeoh, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Enemy Records, LLC

3
State Of The Union (STFU)
Public Enemy
00:02:54

Carlton Ridenhour, ComposerLyricist - Public Enemy, MainArtist - DJ Premier, Producer, Mixer, FeaturedArtist, StudioPersonnel - Tom Fletcher, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ronnie Mancuso, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christopher E. Martin, ComposerLyricist - JP Hesser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shawn Franklin, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Enemy Records, LLC

4
Merica Mirror
Pop Diesel
00:00:08

Not Applicable, ComposerLyricist - Pop Diesel, MainArtist - Shawn Franklin, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The LBX, Producer

℗ 2020 Enemy Records, LLC

5
Public Enemy Number Won
Public Enemy
00:05:25

Carlton Ridenhour, ComposerLyricist - Public Enemy, MainArtist - Hank Shocklee, ComposerLyricist - Tom Fletcher, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike D, FeaturedArtist - Run DMC, FeaturedArtist - Ad-Rock, FeaturedArtist - Patrick Flores, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ronnie Mancuso, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - C-DOC, Producer, Mixer, Drums, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - JP Hesser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Headsnack, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Graves, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shawn Franklin, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Threepeeoh, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Enemy Records, LLC

6
Toxic
Public Enemy
00:03:11

Carlton Ridenhour, ComposerLyricist - Public Enemy, MainArtist - Lord Aswod, ComposerLyricist - JP Hesser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shawn Franklin, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Threepeeoh, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - T. Worthan, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Enemy Records, LLC

7
Yesterday Man
Public Enemy
00:03:03

Glenn Bolton, ComposerLyricist - Carlton Ridenhour, ComposerLyricist - Public Enemy, MainArtist - Racer X, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daddy-O, FeaturedArtist - DJ Infinite, Producer - Khari Wynn, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - C-DOC, Producer, Mixer, Additional Producer, StudioPersonnel - JP Hesser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rayvoughn Pearson, ComposerLyricist - Shawn Franklin, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marcus Ankeney, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Enemy Records, LLC

8
Crossroads Burning
James Bomb
00:00:12

James Bomb, MainArtist - Not Applicable, ComposerLyricist - C-DOC, Producer - Shawn Franklin, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Enemy Records, LLC

9
Fight The Power: Remix 2020
Public Enemy
00:04:57

Carlton Ridenhour, ComposerLyricist - Keith Shocklee, ComposerLyricist - Black Thought, FeaturedArtist - Eric T. Sadler, ComposerLyricist - Public Enemy, MainArtist - Hank Shocklee, ComposerLyricist - Nas, FeaturedArtist - YG, FeaturedArtist - Clyde Stubblefield, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jahi, FeaturedArtist - Rapsody, FeaturedArtist - Questlove, FeaturedArtist - JP Hesser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johnny "Juice" Rosado, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Additional Producer, Remix Engineer, Conga, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Shawn Franklin, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Enemy Records, LLC

10
Beat Them All
Public Enemy
00:02:52

Carlton Ridenhour, ComposerLyricist - Public Enemy, MainArtist - C-DOC, Producer, Mixer, Drum Programmer, Recording Engineer, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - JP Hesser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shawn Franklin, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David C. Snyder, ComposerLyricist - Davy J. Snyder, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Eva Rose DeMeno, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Mason DeMeno, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Enemy Records, LLC

11
Smash The Crowd
Public Enemy
00:03:06

Carlton Ridenhour, ComposerLyricist - Parrish Smith, ComposerLyricist - Ice-T, FeaturedArtist - Public Enemy, MainArtist - Tracy Marrow, ComposerLyricist - PMD, FeaturedArtist - C-DOC, Producer, Mixer, Drum Programmer, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - JP Hesser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shawn Franklin, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David C. Snyder, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Enemy Records, LLC

12
If You Can't Join Em Beat Em
Public Enemy
00:00:50

Carlton Ridenhour, ComposerLyricist - Public Enemy, MainArtist - C-DOC, Producer, Mixer, Drum Programmer, Recording Engineer, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - JP Hesser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shawn Franklin, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David C. Snyder, ComposerLyricist - Eva Rose DeMeno, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Mason DeMeno, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Enemy Records, LLC

13
Go At It
Public Enemy
00:03:21

Carlton Ridenhour, ComposerLyricist - Public Enemy, MainArtist - Jahi, FeaturedArtist - Pacal Bayley, ComposerLyricist - DJ Pain 1, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bryan Matheson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JP Hesser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Torman Jahi, ComposerLyricist - Shawn Franklin, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marcus Ankeney, ComposerLyricist - Ryan Rickaby, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Trevor Helt, Guitar, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Enemy Records, LLC

14
Don't Look At The Sky
Mark Jenkins
00:00:09

Not Applicable, ComposerLyricist - Mark Jenkins, MainArtist - C-DOC, Producer - Shawn Franklin, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Enemy Records, LLC

15
Rest In Beats
Public Enemy
00:03:57

Carlton Ridenhour, ComposerLyricist - Easy Mo Bee, Producer, Drum Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Public Enemy, MainArtist - Osten Harvey Jr., ComposerLyricist - Khari Wynn, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - C-DOC, Producer, Mixer, Drum Programmer, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - The Impossebulls, Additional Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - JP Hesser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Torman Jahi, ComposerLyricist - Shawn Franklin, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David C. Snyder, ComposerLyricist - Marcus Ankeney, ComposerLyricist - Rusty Skelding, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Enemy Records, LLC

16
R.I.P. Blackat
Public Enemy
00:03:35

William Drayton, ComposerLyricist - Public Enemy, MainArtist - Flavor Flav, Producer - Mr. Payback, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rashad Brown, ComposerLyricist - Shawn Franklin, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Enemy Records, LLC

17
Closing: I Am Black
Ms. Ariel
00:00:14

Not Applicable, ComposerLyricist - C-DOC, Producer - Shawn Franklin, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The LBX, Producer - Ms. Ariel, MainArtist

℗ 2020 Enemy Records, LLC

Album Description

The return of Public Enemy to Def Jam is quite something. Sure, the legendary American rap group also released What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down under their own label, Enemy Records. But it’s the return to their roots which makes this album truly symbolic. Since the New York band has been producing music for almost thirty-five years now, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. Well, it’s quite simple – this is undoubtedly the best album they have released in a long time. Joined by a whole host of legends, Public Enemy isn’t just making old-school rap music for fans over the age of forty. In this new album, you can enjoy George Clinton bringing his crazy funk-rock energy to GRID (also featuring Cypress Hill), the return of the Beastie Boys and the 80’s rap-rock trio Run-DMC on Public Enemy Number Won, as well as the legendary Ice-T and PMD (half of EPMD) in Smash the Crowd. Almost all of the tracks have transitions to remove any breaks between songs, giving the impression you’re in a train that’s going full steam ahead (except Go At It feat. Jahi). There’s not much to dislike about this album, from the calm and melancholic Blackat, a homage to a deceased friend, to the remix of Fight The Power which brings together a dream team of gangsters featuring Nas, Rapsody, Black Thought, Jahi, YG and Questlove from The Roots. Drawing on old-school sounds packed with heavy breakbeats and scratches and combining them with a deliberately organic sound (the group has always distinguished itself by its ability to bring the production equipment alive), Public Enemy has produced a complete and passionately urgent album which is entirely relevant and far from stuck in the past. © Brice Miclet/Qobuz

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