Producer: The Bomb Squad
Album: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Label: Def Jam

"Bring the Noise" is the song that proved to rap that sound in and of itself can be a weapon. It Takes A Nation of Millions was so magnificently aggressive and metallic that it was certain to draw a line in the sand. Only young people in the struggle had the psychic equipment to withstand this transmission. While everyone in the establishment was caught clutching their ears all the revolutionaries would have a chance to run past and take over the country. Well, that was the plan, anyway. Instead, Flava Flav hooked up with the blonde from Rocky 4 and judging from a recent NPR retrospective, people gave up on A Nation of Millions. The young reviewer called the album "bizarre" and "bludgeoning" and admitted he found Drake "more viscerally pleasing." In the words of our once fearless leader Chuck D: "Suckers, liars, get me a shovel! Some writers I know are damn devils." For that kid and NPR and every one like him, I say: Don't believe the hype. —Sam Sweet