This Day In Hip Hop and Rap History

This Day In Hip Hop and Rap History

August 23rd – Public Enemy release their sixth album, “Muse Sick-N-Hour Mess Age”, on Def Jam Records, 20 years ago, on this day in 1994.

The album’s heavy focus on live instrumentation would influence, The Roots, N.E.R.D. and Rage Against The Machine.

The album would contain unforgettable tracks like “Whole Lotta Love Goin’ On In The Middle Of Hell”, “Stop In The Name…”, “Bedlam 13:13”and the hit single “Give It Up”.

“Muse Sick-N-Hour Mess Age” would also spawn the hit single “What Kind Of Power We Got”.

The CD version contained an untitled explosive intro track some fans called “Ferocious Soul”.

Whereas in the past Public Enemy had gone after mainly white supremacy, racists and enemies of oppressed people around the world, the group had now gone after the Black community itself , holding accountable the Original Man and Woman in the struggle and liberation of The Black nation.

An almost Sci-Fi concept known as the “Niggatrons” was introduced on this album.

The goal of “Muse Sick”, to quote lyrics from the track “Whole Lotta Love Goin’ On In The Middle Of Hell” was to, “crack the cracka” and “level the devil”.

The album would also contain a reworking of Minister Louis Farrakhan’s late 1960’s hit, “A White Man’s Heaven Is A Black Man’s Hell”, renamed “White Heaven/Black Hell”.

“Muse Sick-N-Hour Mess Age would have an almost Southern Soul feel reminiscent of music on the Stax label as a result of P.E. leader Chuck D’s recent move to College Park, Georgia.

This could especially be heard on tracks like “Death Of A Carjacka” and “Give It Up” and it’s 12 inch remixes.

“Muse Sick-N-Hour Mess Age” would also contain one of Chuck D’s most introspective lyrics ever on “I Stand Accused”.

“Muse Sick-N-Hour Mess Age” would feature production by The Bomb Squad, Kerwin Young and Gary G-Wiz.

“Muse Sick-N-Hour Mess Age” is one of P.E.’s most underrated albums ever.