The Art and Influence of Hip Hop

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[Public Enemy]

“Apocalypse 91” platinum record plaque

Lot Closed

March 30, 04:44 PM GMT

Estimate

1,500 - 2,500 USD

Lot Details

Description

"PUBLIC ENEMY PLATINUM SALES AWARD PRESENTED TO RAPMASTERS-WORD UP TO COMMEMORATE THE SALE OF MORE THAN 1,000,000 COPIES OF THE DEF JAM/COLUMBIA ALBUM, CASSETTE AND C.D. "APOCALYPSE 91...THE ENEMY STRIKES BLACK" RIAA CERTIFIED SALES AWARD"


Compact disc and "PLATINUM SALES AWARD" cassette in black frame with silver and gold matte, 13 by 17 in. (33 x 43.2 cm.).

Released by Def Jam Recordings on September 24, 1991, and featuring the single "Can't Truss It", Apocalypse 91…The Enemy Strikes Black was the fourth studio album by Public Enemy. According to Rolling Stone, the album "attempts nothing short of setting a sociopolitical agenda for the black community." Commercially, the record debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 and number one on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. Apocalypse 91…The Enemy Strikes Black also received substantial critical acclaim, ranking number two in the 1991 The Village Voice's critics' poll.


Formed in 1985 by Chuck D and Flavor Flav, Public Enemy quickly rose to prominence for their music's political commentary, specifically targeting the American media and ongoing racism in the country. Public Enemy was one of the first Hip Hop groups to employ sonic experimentation on top of skilled and poetic, culturally conscious rhymes. According to music critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine, "PE brought in elements of free jazz, hard funk, even musique concrète, creating a dense, ferocious sound unlike anything that came before."


The plaque offered here was a gift to Kate Ferguson, Editor-in-Chief of Word Up! and Rap Masters magazines, both entertainment publications geared towards Black American teenagers.


Provenance:

From the personal collection of Kate Ferguson


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