4. Public Enemy, 'It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back' (1988)
The summer of 1988 was hip-hop's undisputed golden age, when the air was full of neck-snappingly great hits like "It Takes Two" and "Follow the Leader" and "Ain't No Half Steppin'" and "Strictly Business." But Public Enemy stopped the traffic with their feverishly awaited second album. Nation of Millions kept the heatwave going all year, from "Don't Believe The Hype" to "Night of the Living Baseheads" to "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos." It still sounds louder than a bomb – Chuck D's Coltrane-insane bravado, Flavor Flav's clowning, all those Bomb Squad screeches and sirens blasting out of the mix.
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