The lead-off track from Public Enemy’s groundbreaking 1987 debut album “Yo! Bum Rush the Show.” I came to this album late in the game, having been a fan of the epic follow-up “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back” from 1988.
Admittedly, it took me a while to get into it. It had a different sound and feel that “Nation of Millions” … less “in-your-face,” but more cool and subtly menacing. Trust me when I say, it’s no less intense. Over time, I grew to prefer “Yo! Bum Rush the Show” over “Nation of Millions.” You keep expecting “Yo! Bum Rush the Show” to explode, but never quite does. It’s that tension that keeps you on edge the entire time and makes it … at least in my mind … the one I keep coming back to.