Don't Believe the Hype

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"Don't Believe the Hype"
Single by Public Enemy
from the album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
B-side "Prophets of Rage" & "The Rhythm The Rebel"
Released 1988
Format 12"
Genre Political hip hop
Length 5:23
Label Def Jam/Columbia/CBS Records
Writer(s) Carl Ridenhour/Hank Shocklee/Eric "Vietnam" Sadler/William Drayton
Producer(s) The Bomb Squad
Public Enemy singles chronology
"Bring the Noise"
"Don't Believe the Hype"
"Night of the Living Baseheads"

"Don't Believe the Hype" is a song by hip hop group Public Enemy and the second single to be released from their second album, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. The song's lyrics are mostly about the political issues that were current in the United States at the time of its release. "Don't Believe the Hype" charted at number 18 on the U.S. R&B chart and also reached a high of 18 in the UK Singles Chart in July 1988. Chuck D has stated the song was inspired by the works of Noam Chomsky.[1]

The B-side includes "Prophets of Rage" and "The Rhythm The Rebel", an a cappella of the opening verse from "Rebel Without a Pause" which was a popular scratching phrase.[2]


Chart (1988) Peak
U.S. Billboard Dance Music/Club Play Singles 21
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 18
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 17


  1. ^ "Chuck D Talks Romney, Regrets And Why Public Enemy Are The 'Rolling Stones of Rap'". The Huffington Post. 10 April 2012. Retrieved 2015-11-22. 
  2. ^ Smolenyak, Megan. "Huffington Post". Hey, Prince, Your Roots Are Showing. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 

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