|"Bring the Noise"|
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)|
|Released||November 6, 1987|
|Producer(s)||The Bomb Squad|
|Public Enemy singles chronology|
"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.
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, 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 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.
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.
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.
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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.
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"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?"
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".
|"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)|
|Released||July 8, 1991|
|Format|| 10" |
|Genre||Rap metal, alternative metal|
|Songwriter(s)|| Joey Belladonna |
Eric "Vietnam" Sadler
|Producer(s)|| Anthrax |
|Anthrax singles chronology|
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".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". 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.
The recording was ranked #12 on VH1's 2006 list of the 40 Greatest Metal Songsand 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".
|U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks||56|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||10|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||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.
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.
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