On this date in 1991, legendary Hip Hop collective Public Enemy dropped their fourth full-length album entitled Apocalypse ’91…The Enemy Strikes Again on the Def Jam/Columbia imprint.
Drawn from the fictional motion pictures Apocalypse Now and Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Again, the Bomb Squad produced mission was a rush job in response to Hank Shocklee, having to re-create the manufacturing after the discs from the previous 5 years with album contents had been stolen. “When you lose all of your knowledge, it’s very tough to get that knowledge again…you could get a few of it again, however you’ll by no means get the entire set. You gained’t even know what the entire set is, as a result of there’s knowledge in there you didn’t actually know you had,” Shocklee stated of the lacking mission.
The licensed platinum album provided up a few timeless singles together with “Shut Em Down”, “Can’t Truss It” and “By The Time I Get To Arizona”, the place within the video the depicted killing of Arizona Governor Evan Mecham was seen in response for not recognizing MLK Jr. Day as a nationwide vacation.
Salute to the whole P.E. for this timeless 14 observe piece of Hip Hop historical past!