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Public Enemy’s “Fear of a Black Planet” was the first hip-hop album inducted into the National Recording Registry

Public Enemy’s "Fear of a Black Planet" was the first hip-hop album to be enshrined in the National Recording Registry

Public Enemy’s third studio album Fear of a Black Planet became the first full-length hip-hop album to be inducted into The Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry in 2004. The Library of Congress praised Fear of a Black Planet for signaling “the coupling of a strongly political message with hip hop music.”

The album was released by Def Jam Records and peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

Public Enemy’s Fear of a Black Planet tracklist

  1. “Contract on the World Love Jam”
  2. “Brothers Gonna Work It Out”
  3. “911 Is a Joke”
  4. “Incident at 66.6 FM”
  5. “Welcome to the Terrordome”
  6. “Meet the G That Killed Me”
  7. “Pollywanacraka”
  8. “Anti-Nigger Machine”
  9. “Burn Hollywood Burn” (featuring Ice Cube & Big Daddy Kane)
  10. “Power to the People”
  11. “Who Stole the Soul?”
  12. “Fear of a Black Planet”
  13. “Revolutionary Generation”
  14. “Can’t Do Nuttin’ for Ya Man”
  15. “Reggie Jax”
  16. “Leave This Off Your Fuckin Charts”
  17. “B Side Wins Again”
  18. “War at 33⅓”
  19. “Final Count of the Collision Between Us and the Damned”
  20. “Fight the Power”

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