How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul?

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How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul???
Studio album by Public Enemy
Released August 7, 2007
Recorded 2003–2007
The Mountain
(Anaheim, California)
Genre Political Hip Hop,[1] Hardcore Hip Hop [1]
Label SlamJamz/Redeye
Producer Gary G-Wiz, Amani K. Smith, Flavor Flav
Public Enemy chronology
Rebirth of a Nation
(2006)
How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul???
(2007)
Most of My Heroes Still Don't Appear on No Stamp
(2012)
Singles from How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul???
  1. "Black Is Back"
    Released: 2007
  2. "Amerikan Gangster"
    Released: 2007
  3. "Harder Than You Think"
    Released: 2007
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (71/100)[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Blender 3.5/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau (A-)[5]
The New Yorker (mixed)[6]
NME (6/10)[7]
Pitchfork Media (7.1/10)[8]
Record Collector 4/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[10]
Tiny Mix Tapes 3/5 stars[11]
USA Today 3.5/4 stars[12]

How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul??? is the tenth studio album by American hip hop group Public Enemy, released August 7, 2007 on Slam Jamz Recordings in the United States. Its release coincided with the 20th anniversary of their career.[13] The album debuted at number 49 on Independent Albums chart,[14] and it received generally positive reviews from most music critics, based on an aggregate score of 71/100 from Metacritic.[2] Music critic Robert Christgau named How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul??? his second favorite album that didn't make Rolling Stone's Top 50 albums of the 2007.[15]

Reception[edit]

  • Alternative Press (p. 176) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Public Enemy remain fiercely independent and definitely seem revitalized."
  • The Wire (p. 75) - "[T]his is PE's tenth studio album in their 20th year and their blunt anti-artiste, anti-materialist stance carries serious weight."

Track listing[edit]

  1. "How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul???" – 2:36
  2. "Black Is Back" – 2:42
  3. "Harder Than You Think" – 4:09
  4. "Between Hard and a Rock Place" – 0:59
  5. "Sex, Drugs & Violence" (feat. KRS-One) – 3:35
  6. "Amerikan Gangster" (feat. E.Infinite) – 4:03
  7. "Can You Hear Me Now" – 3:58
  8. "Head Wide Shut" – 1:31
  9. "Flavor Man" – 3:44
  10. "The Enemy Battle Hymn of the Public" – 3:24
  11. "Escapism" – 4:53
  12. "Frankenstar" – 3:23
  13. "Col-Leepin" – 3:58
  14. "Radiation of a RADIOTVMOVIE Nation" – 1:10
  15. "See Something, Say Something" – 3:46
  16. "Long and Whining Road" – 4:24
  17. "Bridge of Pain" – 3:07
  18. "Eve of Destruction" – 4:15
  19. "How You Sell Soul (Time Is God Refrain)" – 2:31

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Allmusic.[16]

  • Vincent Arbelet – photography
  • Gene Barge – saxophone
  • Le Bijoutier – photography
  • James Bomb (S1W) – group member
  • Mathieu Cavaliere – photography
  • Chuck D – executive producer, group member, vocals
  • Michael Faulkner – drums
  • Gary G-Wiz – Producer
  • Mike "mGee" Gregoire – package design
  • Earle Holder – mastering
  • E. Infinite – choir, chorus
  • Flavor Flav - group member, vocals
  • Bernie Larsen – guitar
  • Walter Leapheart – liner notes
  • La Aerial Owens – vocals (bckgr)
  • Pop Diesel (S1W) – group member
  • Amani K. Smith – associate producer, mixing, producer
  • Paul Stone – cover illustration
  • Derek Welte – photography
  • Andrew Williams – sound technician
  • Khari Wynn – guitar
  • Ron Wynn – liner notes

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.allmusic.com/album/how-you-sell-soul-to-a-soulless-people-who-sold-their-soul-mw0000578176
  2. ^ a b How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul? (2007): Reviews. Metacritic. Retrieved on 2010-01-02.
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul?. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2010-01-02.
  4. ^ Dolan, Jon. How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul. Blender. Retrieved on 2010-01-02.[dead link]
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide: How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul???". MSN Music: September 2007. Archived from the original on 2010-01-02.
  6. ^ Greenman, Ben (2007-08-20). The Enemy Within. The New Yorker. Retrieved on 2010-01-02.
  7. ^ Cashmore, Pete (2007-08-29). How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul. NME. Retrieved on 2010-01-02.
  8. ^ McGarvey, Evan (2007-12-06). How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul???. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved on 2010-01-02.
  9. ^ Bent, Grahame. How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul???. Record Collector. Retrieved on 2010-01-02.
  10. ^ Christgau, Robert (2007-08-23). "Public Enemy: How You Sell Soul To A Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-01-06. Retrieved 2012-06-16. 
  11. ^ Gumshoe. How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul? at the Wayback Machine (archived January 5, 2008). Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved on 2010-01-02.
  12. ^ Jones, Steve. This week's reviews: Ben, Joc, Emily, Ledisi, Crowns, Lyle & PE. USA Today. Retrieved on 2010-01-02.[dead link]
  13. ^ Koslow, Jessica. Public Enemy's 20 Years in the Game. LA Weekly. Retrieved on 2010-01-02.
  14. ^ Chart History: How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul?. Billboard. Retrieved on 2010-01-02.
  15. ^ Christgau, Robert. Critic’s Picks: Robert Christgau’s Favorite Albums That Didn’t Make the RS Top 50. Rolling Stone. Retrieved on 2010-01-02.
  16. ^ Credits: How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul???. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2010-01-02.

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