In the space of three short years, Long Island rap outfit Public Enemy established themselves as the leaders of the genre's politically conscious movement
From Yo! Bum Rush the Show to Fear of a Black Planet, the group's potent cocktail of militant philosophy and explosive sonic weaponry perked the ears of listeners around the world. With Apocalypse '91: The Enemy Strikes Black, rappers Chuck D and Flavor Flav, along with superstar DJ Terminator X, rein in the potential of their previous recordings and spit it back out in a torrent of focused, articulate rage. Whether he's dishing out a wary sermon on the history of African-American oppression, exemplified by Can't Truss It, or lamenting contemporary pitfalls like alcohol on 1 Million Bottlebags, Chuck D is at his bombastic best, making this an essential album for devoted Public Enemy fans.