...the beats and backing track are lumpen and pedestrian, and it all sounds a bit clumsy and scattershot.

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Public Enemy : Do you wanna go our way

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Public Enemy : Do you wanna go our way

I recently had the privilege of being visited in my office by legendary ideologue [a]Chuck D[/a]. Accompanied by a burly minder from the Nation Of Islam, he presumably wanted to discuss with me my recent review of the [a]Public Enemy[/a] album ‘There’s A Poison Goin On’, which I said was not very good, not to mention peppered with confused polemics and increasing paranoia.


This is the stand-out track, spraying invective at Def Jam, rap controversy and several other targets with bruising force. But once again it’s hard to say exactly what he’s saying, the beats and backing track are lumpen and pedestrian, and it all sounds a bit clumsy and scattershot.


However, perhaps I don’t have the right to criticise him, being a) white, even though that is the racial origin of most of his audience and b) a mere music consumer who shouldn’t complain even if he’s being sold shoddy goods. Alas, I have to give you my opinions, unpalatable and ill-qualified as they might be. Otherwise it would be censorship, and every rapper knows we can’t have that, can we?

Johnny Cigarettes