Public Enemy, It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back (1988)

Label: Def Jam/Columbia

Pusha T: “It’s really fucking easy to like the bad guy, the brash asshole. It’s easy to relate to that or act like you relate to that or want to be a part of that. What’s hard is being a part of the positive clique without sounding preachy and still pulling in everybody. Who can do that?

“[Public Enemy and KRS-One] are the only people on my list that spoke directly against the crack era. They made huge singles out of political records. They made huge strides. Pac took on rappers, but no one was taking on the U.S. and the establishment.”