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The Bomb Squad's Best

by Mosi Reeves

The Bomb Squad's Best

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When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honored Public Enemy in April, it chose only four members for induction: Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Terminator X and Professor Griff. Unfortunately, that left out numerous other contributors from the sprawling collective, particularly the Bomb Squad's Hank Shocklee and Eric "Vietnam" Sadler. The production unit's membership also included Chuck D (under his real name, Carlton Ridenhour), Keith "Shocklee" Boxley and Gary "G-Wiz" Rinaldo, and its pioneering use of sampling, as well as information-overload classics like "Bring the Noise" and "Fight the Power," is just as crucial to Public Enemy's legacy as Chuck D's stentorian raps and Flavor Flav's massive clock necklace, Nation of Islam-inspired bowties and "yeahh boyyee" chants. Their mark on popular music at the dawn of the '90s encompassed not only P.E. classics like It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and Fear of a Black Planet, but also key tracks from Bell Biv Devoe's Poison, Slick Rick's The Great Adventures of Slick Rick and Ice Cube's AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted. This playlist surveys some of the Bomb Squad's best work.

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