In 2002, veteran noise-bringers Public Enemy — at one time the most scrutinized and radical group in hip-hop (and possibly in music) — released Revolverlution to celebrate the 15-year anniversary of their landmark debut Yo! Bum Rush the Show. A "trilogy within a trilogy," Revolverlution is an unorthodox record that mirrors the sporadic listening habits of the post-Napster generation — a jumble of new tracks, live classics (recorded from all stages of their career) and remixes of P.E. staples — ideal for both new and seasoned fans. The new tracks seethe with explicit political rhetoric: lead single "Gotta Give the Peeps What They Need" was successfully banned from MTV for its pro-Mumia message, while the metal-tinged siren blare "Son of a Bush" is, well, pretty self-explanatory. The remixes (chosen from an online contest) are mostly hit-or-miss, but the live tracks (like a Switzerland audience circa 1992 going nuts for "Fight the Power") can be absolutely apocalyptic.
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