There's a Poison Goin' On

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There's a POISON Goin' On...
Studio album by Public Enemy
Released July 20, 1999
Recorded 1998–1999
Genre Political Hip Hop,[1] Hardcore Hip Hop [1]
Length 51:45
Label Play It Again Sam, Atomic Pop
Producer Tom E. Hawk, Flavor Flav
Public Enemy chronology
He Got Game
(1998)
There's a Poison Goin' On
(1999)
Revolverlution
(2002)
Singles from There's a Poison Goin' On[2]
  1. "Do You Wanna Go Our Way???"
    Released: September 1999

There's a Poison Goin' On is the seventh studio album by American hip hop group Public Enemy, released July 20, 1999 on Atomic Pop Records in the United States. Its title is adapted from the title of Sly & the Family Stone's album There's a Riot Goin' On (1971). The album was originally made available through the Internet on May 18, 1999, via the now defunct Atomic Pop website.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
The Austin Chronicle 3.5/5 stars[4]
The A.V. Club (favorable)[5]
LA Weekly (mixed)[6]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[7]
NME (4/10)[8]
RapReviews (10/10)[9]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[10]
USA Today 3/4 stars[11]
Washington Post (favorable)[12]
  • Rolling Stone (8/5/99, p. 64) - 3½ stars (out of 5) - "...there is some jigginess on this record....the emphasis is on sparser, more spacious mixes- less claustrophobic and dizzying...but still gripping."[10]
  • Alternative Press (11/99, p. 119) - 4 out of 5 - "...the still-strident PE are back....best as an eyes-closed, headphones on high-volume experience. It takes extremely seriously the idea that hip hop should be consciousness-altering music..."
  • The Wire (8/99, p. 55) - "Public Enemy are back and this time it's personal....Everyone...finds themselves caught in Chuck's rhetorical crosshairs and no one survives intact....this is the loudest, noisest Public Enemy album in nine years."
  • Muzik (8/99, p. 84) - 5 stars (out of 5) - "...defiant, provocative and reassuringly abrasive music....this album is a treat....Poison is vintage PE, all the more welcome at a time when there had seemed to be no one left who was prepared to make rational, thoughtful, incisive hip-hop."
  • Robert Christgau gave the album a one-star honorable mention ((1-star Honorable Mention)) and said, "Hating playas is fine, hating play amn't."[13]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Dark Side of the Wall: 2000" - 1:36
  2. "Do You Wanna Go Our Way???" - 3:56
  3. "LSD" - 3:30
  4. "Here I Go" - 3:05
  5. "41:19" - 3:57
  6. "Crash" - 3:48
  7. "Crayola" - 3:30
  8. "First the Sheep, Next the Shepherd?" - 3:17
  9. "World Tour Sessions" - 4:27
  10. "Last Mass of the Caballeros" - 3:56
  11. "I" - 4:30
  12. "What What" - 5:02
  13. "Kevorkian" - 2:37
  14. "Swindlers Lust" - 5:23
Bonus tracks

The album was reissued in 2004 via Koch with bonus tracks.

  1. "Do You Wanna Go Our Way???" [Nextmen UK Mixx] - 4:18
  2. "Here I Go" [Commissioned Mixx DJ Johnny Juice Vacation in Vietnam Forida Mix] - 3:20
  3. "World Tour Sessions" [G Wiz Black Planet Tour Mix] - 3:35
  4. "I" [Eye for an Eye Mixx] - 5:43
  5. "Kill 'Em" Live - 3:25

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.allmusic.com/album/theres-a-poison-goin-on-mw0000035495
  2. ^ Strong (2004), p. 1227.
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "There's a Poison Goin' On - Public Enemy". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-01-16.
  4. ^ Gray, Christopher (1999-07-09). "Record Reviews (Public Enemy: There's a Poison Goin' On... (Atomic Pop))". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2010-01-16.
  5. ^ Phipps, Keith (2002-03-29). "Public Enemy: There's A Poison Goin' On...". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2010-01-16.
  6. ^ Hampton, Howard (1999-07-21). "Shout at the Devil". LA Weekly. Retrieved 2010-01-16.
  7. ^ Baker, Soren (1999-06-19). "Once More, Band Shows No Mercy Against the Bad Guys". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-01-16.
  8. ^ Columnist. "Album Reviews - There's A Poison Goin On...". NME: June 8, 1999.
  9. ^ Juon, Steve "Flash" (1999-05-24). "Public Enemy :: There's a POISON Goin' On... :: Atomic Pop". RapReviews. Retrieved on 2010-01-16.
  10. ^ a b Kot, Greg (1999-08-05). "Public Enemy: There's A Poison Goin' On : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-10-02. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  11. ^ Jones, Steve. "Public Enemy, There's a Poison Goin' On". USA Today: 10.D. July 27, 1999.
  12. ^ Seymour, Craig. "'Poison' Spreads On the Web". The Washington Post: C.01. August 1, 1999. (Transcription of original review at talk page)
  13. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Public Enemy". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 

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