Public Enemy - Yo Bum Rush The Show

With Yo! Bum Rush the Show, Public Enemy introduce a new kind of bravado that's not just directed at other players and sucker MCs but is an out-and-out middle-finger challenge to the whole world, as these serious brothers roll right over you in a slow-moving convoy of 98 Oldsmobiles ("You're Gonna Get Yours"). PE crowd these tracks with disparate sounds that move your butt while they buzz from every channel. Despite their serious posturing, you'll be grateful for the sloppy bass line in "Timebomb" and Terminator X's brilliant tone experiment, "Public Enemy No. 1." Yo! isn't PE's masterpiece, but it's a truly standout album, a warning shot for the full-scale assault they would later initiate on It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. --Todd Levin



What PEople are saying about "Yo Bum Rush The Show."

5.0 out of 5 stars!

By Mike J on April

"While It Takes A Nation of Millions was catapulted into the upper eschelon of hip-hop, Yo! Bum Rush the Show remains widely unrecognized by the general public. Why it is largely ignored remains a mystery to this reviewer. In some aspects, Bum Rush is superior to Nation of Millions. For example, Bum Rush is a straight up hip-hop record peppered with a message here and there. The rage which is so often the focus of Nation of Millions is present but with a little more diversity in subject matter that creates a more well rounded listen. What do I mean? Take the first track "You're Gonna Get Yours" which is Chuck D's ode to both his crew and his vehicle of choice. The significance of this record is that Chuck, believe it or not, had been rhyming since 77 and this style more exemplified his history. Unless you are really up on your hip-hop or were lucky enough to catch PE in it's earliest incarnations, this example may be hard to follow. This track, however, is not an isolated incident. "Sophisticated B*tch" represents a misogynistic side to Chuck D where he attacks females that are of an uppity nature, (a side never visited by PE again due to it's negativity). "Public Enemy #1" also represents a time before Public Enemy were even called Public Enemy as the song was a favorite on Hank Shocklee's college radio show and this track is actually the birth of the name. Bum Rush represents a fusion of the old and the new PE. The new PE would be the politically aware side. Tracks like "Myuziweighsaton" (my personal favorite), "MPE", and "Rightstarter" represent the side of PE that would become their focus on the following albums. My Uzi shows the "quite hostile" style that Chuck would embody perhaps more vehemently and threateningly than in later releases."

4.0 out of 5 stars-MY UZI WEIGHS A TON

By Bronx Prince

"This is one of the most underrated ground-breaking rap albums of all time. These guys came out with this album, with a sound so unheard of and unique at the time. I can still remember blasting these classics out of my car with my buddies as we smoothly cruised down the street. Any true rap fan must own this album. This is a true classic. Listen to it several times and you won't stop playing it"

4.0 out of 5 stars-The one that started it all.

By Ihate MTV

1987's "Yo! Bum Rush The Show" is probably one of the more underrated hip-hop debuts of the 80's. Most people tend to compare it to the three classic albums that P.E. would release after this, which is a big mistake. If you're looking for another "It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back" or "Fear of a Black Planet", you'll be disappointed. Simply put, "Yo! Bum Rush The Show" is in a league of it's own. Chuck D.'s flow, along with P.E.'s overall sound on "Yo!..." is reminiscent of other old-school rap groups, most notably Run-D.M.C. Like Run-D.M.C., a lot of the songs are dominated by an impressive display of turntablism, but what really made Public Enemy stand out was Chuck D.'s revolutionary lyrics and Flava Flav's outbursts. Overall, "Yo! Bum Rush the Show" is a good representation of the golden age of rap, although it doesn't compare to the next three albums the group would release. Still, this is a fantastic debut from one of hip-hop's greatest groups.

5.0 out of 5--Flawless. Perfection. A Landmark Album.

By The Groove

"This CD was released when hip hop really mattered, and is one of the most vital releases of the genre. Chuck D's flow is bursting with urgency, and the beats are slammin'. "My Uzi Weighs a Ton," "You're Gonna get Yours," and "Time Bomb" are off the chain! PE would release 2 more classics before they faded out of the spotlight, but their influence on hip hop is incalculable. Maybe if some of these modern artists stopped talking about gettin' paid and follow PE's example, the state of modern hip hop wouldn't be in the sorry state it's in.

5.0 out of 5 stars--"This album inspired an entire generation'

By A Customer on October

"The first and the best from PE. Anyone who is anyone already has it. Rough, raw beats with slick lyrics from Chuck thrown in with Flav's crazy style gave PE the originality which has seen them survive nearly 14 years in hip-hop. If you don't have it...get it. If you do, stop playing on your computer and go and listen to it!

5.0 out of 5 stars-The best CD by Public Enemy (next to "Nation of Millions")

By A Customer on October 27, 2000

"Yo! Bum Rush the show is one of the very best rap CDs that I have purchased during my lifetime. This album would easily rank within the 10 or 15 best rap albums ever made. I am a big fan of Public Enemy, and I think that the lyrics on this CD are brilliant and thought provoking. On Yo! Bum Rush the Show, the best song is clearly Public Enemy No. 1, but all of the other songs are almost as good. The sound of this album is very similar to that on Nation of Millions, and , thus, if you liked that CD, you will probably like this one too."

5.0 out of 5 stars

An AWESOME introduction to Public Enemy!!!

By Wayne Maye

"Public Enemy definitely cemented their position in hip hop history as one of the greatest groups of all time. This album, their first, is one HELL of an introduction to the hip hop world, and they did so with style. This is the first album in a THREE STRAIGHT series of classic albums. Here's the review: Album Highlights: The entire album. Production: Thumbs up, listen to the some of the very first of the classic beats from The Bomb Squad. Lyrics and Subject Matter: Thumbs up. Originality: Thumbs Up. The Last Word: This album truly shows us that PE had MORE in store, and boy did they ever. This is Chuck D in his prime, as he only got BETTER as they years went on. A strong recommendation for this album. Buy this a listen to Public Enemy speak the truth on the debut."


  • 1  You're Gonna Get Yours
  • 2  Sophisticated Bitch
  • 3  Miuzi Weighs a Ton
  • 4  Timebomb
  • 5  Too Much Posse
  • 6  Rightstarter (Message to a Black Man)
  • 7  Public Enemy No. 1
  • 8  M.P.E.
  • 9  Yo! Bum Rush the Snow
  • 10  Raise the Roof
  • 11  Megablast
  • 12  Terminator X Speaks With His Hands