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Yo! Bum Rush the Show
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Studio album by Public Enemy


February 10, 1987


January - October 1986


Spectrum City Studios
(Long Island, New York City)


Hip hop, Golden age hip hop, Conscious hip hop, Hardcore hip hop, Political hip hop




Def Jam Recordings / Columbia


Rick Rubin (exec.), Chuck D, Hank Shocklee, Bill Stephney

Yo! Bum Rush the Show is the debut studio album by American hip hop group Public Enemy, released in February 10, 1987 on Def Jam Recordings. It was recorded at Spectrum City Studios in Long Island, New York from January to October 1986. The group's logo, a silhouette of a black man in a rifle's crosshairs, makes it debut on the album's cover. Yo! Bum Rush the Show features a sample-heavy sound by production team The Bomb Squad, a sound that Public Enemy would continue to utilise for several of their following albums.

The album peaked at number 125 on the U.S. Billboard Top LPs chart and at number 28 on the Top Black Albums chart. In 1998, it was selected by The Source magazine as one of the 100 Best Albums.

Track listing[]

All songs produced by Bill Stephney, and co-produced by Hank Shocklee and Carl Ryder.

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Time
1. "You're Gonna Get Yours" Chuck D, Flavor Flav Ridenhour, Shocklee 4:04
2. "Sophisticated Bitch" Chuck D Drayton, Ridenhour, Shocklee 4:30
3. "Miuzi Weighs a Ton" Chuck D, Flavor Flav Ridenhour, Shocklee 5:44
4. "Timebomb" Chuck D Ridenhour, Shocklee 2:54
5. "Too Much Posse" Flavor Flav Drayton, Ridenhour, Shocklee 2:25
6. "Rightstarter (Message to a Black Man) Chuck D Ridenhour, Shocklee 3:48
7. "Public Enemy No. 1" Chuck D Ridenhour, Shocklee 4:41
8. "M.P.E." Chuck D Drayton, Ridenhour, Shocklee 3:44
9. "Yo! Bum Rush the Show" Chuck D Drayton, Ridenhour, Shocklee 4:25
10. "Raise the Roof" Chuck D Ridenhour, Sadler, Shocklee 5:18
11. "Megablast" Chuck D Drayton, Ridenhour, Shocklee 2:51
12. "Terminator X Speaks With His Hands" - - 2:13