Bring the Noise

"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
GenreHip hop
LabelDef 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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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".

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