Bring the Noise

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"Bring the Noise"
Bring the Noise Public Enemy UK commercially released vinyl.jpg
Artwork of the UK commercial vinyl single
Single by Public Enemy
from the album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and Less Than Zero (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
A-side "Are You My Woman?" (by The Black Flames) (US single)
B-side "Sophisticated" (UK single)
ReleasedNovember 6, 1987
Format 12"
Genre Hip hop
Label Def Jam
Producer(s) The Bomb Squad
Public Enemy singles chronology
"Rebel Without a Pause"
"Bring the Noise"
"Don't Believe the Hype"

"Bring the Noise" is a song by the American hip hop group Public Enemy. It was included on the soundtrack of the 1987 film Less Than Zero and was also released as a single that year. It later became the first song on the group's 1988 album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back . The single reached No.56 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Song composition for voice(s)

A song is a single work of music that is typically intended to be sung by the human voice with distinct and fixed pitches and patterns using sound and silence and a variety of forms that often include the repetition of sections. Through semantic widening, a broader sense of the word "song" may refer to instrumentals.

Hip hop music music genre consisting of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping

Hip hop music, also called hip-hop or rap music, is a music genre developed in the United States by inner-city African Americans in the late 1970s which consists of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping, a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted. It developed as part of hip hop culture, a subculture defined by four key stylistic elements: MCing/rapping, DJing/scratching with turntables, break dancing, and graffiti writing. Other elements include sampling beats or bass lines from records, and rhythmic beatboxing. While often used to refer solely to rapping, "hip hop" more properly denotes the practice of the entire subculture. The term hip hop music is sometimes used synonymously with the term rap music, though rapping is not a required component of hip hop music; the genre may also incorporate other elements of hip hop culture, including DJing, turntablism, scratching, beatboxing, and instrumental tracks.

Public Enemy (band) American hip hop group

Public Enemy is an American hip hop group consisting of Chuck D, Keith Shocklee, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff, and DJ Lord. Formed in Long Island, New York, in 1986, they are known for their politically charged music and criticism of the American media, with an active interest in the frustrations and concerns of the African American community.


The song's lyrics, most of which are delivered by Chuck D with interjections from Flavor Flav, include boasts of Public Enemy's prowess, an endorsement of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, retorts to unspecified critics, and arguments for rap as a legitimate musical genre on par with rock. The lyrics also have a notable metrical complexity, making extensive use of meters like dactylic hexameter. The title phrase appears in the chorus. The song includes several shout-outs to artists like Run–D.M.C., Eric B, LL Cool J and, unusually for a rap group, Yoko Ono and thrash metal band Anthrax, allegedly because Chuck D was flattered about Scott Ian wearing Public Enemy shirts while performing Anthrax gigs. Anthrax later collaborated with Chuck D to cover the song.

Lyrics are words that make up a song usually consisting of verses and choruses. The writer of lyrics is a lyricist. The words to an extended musical composition such as an opera are, however, usually known as a "libretto" and their writer, as a "librettist". The meaning of lyrics can either be explicit or implicit. Some lyrics are abstract, almost unintelligible, and, in such cases, their explication emphasizes form, articulation, meter, and symmetry of expression. Rappers can also create lyrics that are meant to be spoken rhythmically rather than sung.

Chuck D American rapper and producer

Carlton Douglas Ridenhour, known professionally as Chuck D, is an American rapper, author, and producer. As the leader of the rap group Public Enemy, he helped create politically and socially conscious hip hop music in the mid-1980s. The Source ranked him at No. 12 on their list of the Top 50 Hip-Hop Lyricists of All Time.

Flavor Flav American rapper

William Jonathan Drayton Jr., better known by his stage name Flavor Flav, is an American musician, rapper, actor, television personality, and comedian who rose to prominence as a member of the hip-hop group Public Enemy. He is also known for popularizing the role of the hype man and for yelling "Yeah, boyeee!" and "Flavor Flav!" during performances. After falling out of the public eye for a number of years, Flav reappeared as the star of several VH1 reality series, including The Surreal Life, Strange Love, and Flavor of Love.

The song's production by The Bomb Squad, which exemplifies their characteristic style, features a dissonant mixture of funk samples, drum machine patterns, record scratching by DJ Terminator X, siren sound effects and other industrial noise.

Record producer Individual who oversees and manages the recording of an artists music

A record producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album. A producer has many, varying roles during the recording process. They may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements.

The Bomb Squad is an American hip hop production team, known for its work with the hip hop group Public Enemy.

Consonance and dissonance categorizations of simultaneous or successive sounds

In music, consonance and dissonance are categorizations of simultaneous or successive sounds. Consonance is associated with sweetness, pleasantness, and acceptability; dissonance is associated with harshness, unpleasantness, or unacceptability.

Critic Robert Christgau has described the song as "postminimal rap refracted through Blood Ulmer and On the Corner , as gripping as it is abrasive, and the black militant dialogue-as-diatribe that goes with it is almost as scary as "Stones in My Passway" or "Holiday in the Sun". [1] "Bring the Noise" was ranked No.160 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

Robert Christgau American music journalist

Robert Thomas Christgau is an American essayist and music journalist. One of the earliest professional rock critics, he spent 37 years as the chief music critic and senior editor for The Village Voice, during which time he created and oversaw the annual Pazz & Jop poll. He has also covered popular music for Esquire, Creem, Newsday, Playboy, Rolling Stone, Billboard, NPR, Blender, and MSN Music, and was a visiting arts teacher at New York University.

<i>On the Corner</i> 1972 studio album by Miles Davis

On the Corner is a studio album by American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer Miles Davis. It was recorded in June and July 1972 and released on October 11 of the same year by Columbia Records. The album continued Davis's exploration of jazz fusion, bringing together funk rhythms with the influence of experimental composer Karlheinz Stockhausen and free jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman.

Stones in My Passway 1937 song performed by Robert Johnson

"Stones in My Passway" is a Delta blues song written by American blues musician Robert Johnson. He recorded it in Dallas, Texas, during his second to last session for producer Don Law on June 19, 1937.


Marva Whitney, was an American funk singer commonly referred to by her honorary title, Soul Sister #1. Whitney was considered by many funk enthusiasts to be one of the "rawest" and "brassiest" music divas.

Funky Drummer 1970 song performed by James Brown

"Funky Drummer" is a jam session recorded by James Brown and his band in 1969. The recording's drum break, a propulsive beat improvised by Clyde Stubblefield, is one of the most frequently sampled rhythmic breaks in hip hop and popular music.

"Get Up, Get into It, Get Involved" is a funk song recorded by James Brown. It was released as a two-part single in 1970 and charted #4 R&B and #34 Pop. It features backing vocals by Bobby Byrd, who shared writing credit for the song with Brown and Ron Lenhoff. This was one of several songs by Brown with an upfront social message.

The recording begins with a sample of Malcolm X's voice saying "Too black, too strong" repeatedly from his public speech at the Northern Negro Grass Roots Leadership Conference on November 10, 1963, in King Solomon Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan entitled Message to the Grass Roots.

Malcolm X Muslim minister and human rights activist from the United States

Malcolm X (1925–1965) was an American Muslim minister and human rights activist who was a popular figure during the civil rights movement. He is best known for his controversial advocacy for the rights of blacks; some consider him a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against black Americans, while others accused him of preaching racism and violence.

Message to the Grass Roots

"Message to the Grass Roots" is a public speech delivered by human rights activist Malcolm X. The speech was delivered on November 10, 1963, at the Northern Negro Grass Roots Leadership Conference, which was held at King Solomon Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan. Malcolm X described the difference between the "Black revolution" and the "Negro revolution", he contrasted the "house Negro" and the "field Negro" during slavery and in the modern age, and he criticized the 1963 March on Washington. "Message to the Grass Roots" was ranked 91st in the top 100 American speeches of the 20th century by 137 leading scholars of American public address.

Used as a sample

"Much More" by De La Soul, "Here We Go Again!" by Portrait, "Everything I Am" by Kanye West, and "Here We Go Again" by Everclear all sample Chuck D's voice saying "Here we go again" in "Bring the Noise". His exclamation "Now they got me in a cell" from the first verse of the song is also sampled in the Beastie Boys song "Egg Man". The track, 'Undisputed', from the 1999 album Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic by Prince samples Chuck D's voice saying "Once again, back, it's the incredible" in its chorus and also features an appearance from Chuck D himself. This same sample is used in on Fat Joe's album All or Nothing on the track :Safe 2 Say (The Incredible)". Rakim, on his 1997 single "Guess Who's Back", uses the same sample. Also, the game Sonic Rush samples the beginning of "Bring the Noise" in the music for the final boss battle. In addition, Ludacris' hit How Low samples Chuck D's "How low can you go?" line. In 2010 it was sampled by Adil Omar and DJ Solo of Soul Assassins on their single "Incredible". LL Cool J used a sample on the line of Chuck D's "I Want Bass" during the final verse on the song, "The Boomin' System" from the 1990 Mama Said Knock You Out album. Also the lines "[To save] face, how low can you go" and "[So keep] pace how slow can you go" in Linkin Park's song Wretches and Kings on their Album A Thousand Suns (which is also produced by Rick Rubin) refer to Chuck D's line: "Bass! How low can you go?" [2]

Additionally, Public Enemy sampled the song themselves in several other songs on It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, including the lines "Now they got me in a cell" and "Death Row/What a brother knows" in "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos" and the lines "Bass!" and "How low can you go?" in "Night of the Living Baseheads".

Anthrax version

"Bring the Noise"
Single by Anthrax featuring Chuck D
from the album Attack of the Killer B's (Anthrax album) and Apocalypse 91... The Enemy Strikes Black (Public Enemy album)
ReleasedJuly 8, 1991
Format 10"
Genre Rap metal, alternative metal
Label Island
Songwriter(s) Joey Belladonna
Dan Spitz
Scott Ian
Frank Bello
Charlie Benante
Carl Ridenhour
Hank Shocklee
Eric "Vietnam" Sadler
Producer(s) Anthrax
Mark Dodson
Anthrax singles chronology
"In My World"
"Bring the Noise"
"Black Lodge"
Music video
“Bring the Noise” on YouTube

In 1991, Public Enemy recorded a new version of "Bring the Noise" in a collaboration with the thrash metal band Anthrax. Chuck D has stated that upon the initial request of Anthrax, he "didn't take them wholehearted seriously", but after the collaboration was done, "it made too much sense". [3] It was included on the Anthrax album Attack of the Killer B's and on Public Enemy's own Apocalypse 91... The Enemy Strikes Black , and was followed by a joint tour by the two bands, with shows ending with both groups on stage performing the song together. Chuck D went on to say that shows on the tour were "some of the hardest" they ever experienced, but when the two bands joined on stage for "Bring the Noise", "it was shrapnel". [3] Anthrax first played "Bring the Noise" live in 1989, two years before the Public Enemy collaboration, and it has been a live staple ever since. [4]

The recording was ranked #12 on VH1's 2006 list of the 40 Greatest Metal Songs [5] and is featured in the video games Die Hard Trilogy , WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW , WWE Wrestlemania 21 , WWE Day of Reckoning , Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD.

The title of the Anthrax version is sometimes spelled "Bring tha Noise" or "Bring tha Noize".

Single track listing

  1. "Bring the Noise" - 3:34
  2. "Keep It in the Family (Live)" - 7:19
  3. "I Am The Law '91" - 5:56


Public Enemy version

Chart (1988)Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 56

Anthrax version

Chart (1991)Peak
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) [6] 10
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) [7] 14


In 2007, "Bring the Noise" was remixed by Italian house DJ Benny Benassi as well as Ferry Corsten. Benassi's remix slowed the track down, and cut off many of the lyrics. Benassi mixed two versions of the song. The Pump-kin version exemplifies a heavy melody, while the S-faction edit added more emphasis to the bassline. The S-faction version won a Grammy for best remixed recording at the 2008 Grammy Awards. The Pump-kin Remix appeared on his album Rock 'n' Rave (2008). The song was also used for the EA Sports game, NBA Live 09. Ferry Corsten only mixed one version which was released around the same time as Benny Benassi's remixes, it was released February 26, 2008 on iTunes. In 2007, Gigi D'Agostino also released a track called "Quoting", which is a remix made by him of "Bring the Noise". He made it in the bass line of Lento Violento a style created by him, similar to hard style but slower and harder.

Benny Benassi

  1. "Bring the Noise (Pump-kin Edit) - 3:37
  2. "Bring the Noise (S-faction Edit) - 3:32
  3. "Bring the Noise (Pump-kin Remix) - 6:38
  4. "Bring the Noise (S-faction Remix) - 6:57
  5. "Bring the Noise (Pump-kin Instrumental) - 6:38
  6. "Bring the Noise (S-faction Instrumental) - 6:57

Ferry Corsten

  1. "Bring the Noise (Radio Edit)
  2. "Bring the Noise (Extended Mix)

Gigi D'Agostino (Lento Violento Man)

  1. "Lento Violento Man- Quoting

Other versions

The alternative metal band Staind covered "Bring the Noise" with Limp Bizkit vocalist Fred Durst on the Take a Bite Outta Rhyme: A Rock Tribute to Rap 2000 compilation album. This version also appeared on the advance version of their 1999 album Dysfunction .

A remix of "Bring the Noise" titled "Bring the Noise 20XX", featuring Zakk Wylde, is a playable track in the video games Guitar Hero 5 and DJ Hero .

A traditional country version by Unholy Trio is included on the Bloodshot Records sampler "Down to The Promised Land".

An unofficial remix entitled "Bring DA Noise",(based on Led Zeppelin's - Immigrant song) was released for free download in 2005 by Irish radio presenter Dj Laz-e.


  1. Christgau, Robert (March 1, 1988). "Significance and Its Discontents in the Year of the Blip". The Village Voice . Retrieved on 2010-09-05.
  2. see also: A Thousand Suns; last accessed January 31, 2013.
  3. 1 2 VH1 - Behind The Music - Anthrax
  4. "Bring the Noise by Anthrax Concert Statistics". Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  5. "VH1 40 Greatest Metal Songs", 1–4 May 2006, VH1 Channel, reported by; last accessed September 10, 2006.
  6. " – Anthrax (with Public Enemy) – Bring the Noise". Top 40 Singles.
  7. "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.

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