Shut 'Em Down (Public Enemy song)

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"Shut 'Em Down" is the fourth single from Public Enemy's fourth studio album Apocalypse 91...The Enemy Strikes Black.

Part of group member Chuck D's voice was sampled on the track "Ten Crack Commandments" by The Notorious B.I.G., off the album Life After Death.

The opening of the song was used by Russell Simmons Television Productions (RSTV) during the closing credits of Def Comedy Jam.[citation needed]

This song was used in the 2008 thriller film Lakeview Terrace, the 2009 video game Madden NFL 10 and the 2014 video game NBA 2K15.

A mashup of the song with The Prodigy's "Stand Up" was created by fan Pony Sixfinger when Liam Howlett noticed the mashup on his YouTube channel [1][2]; The Prodigy would eventually release the song, retitled "Shut 'Em Up", which is a mashup of both song titles, as a bonus track on the expanded edition of The Day Is My Enemy.[3] The mashup was eventually used in a commercial for Nike, and as the opening song for the Showtime documentary series Shut Up And Dribble. The song was also used in the movie Fist Fight.


Chart (1992) Peak
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[4] 26
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[5] 1


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  3. ^ "The Prodigy include fan's bootleg mash-up on deluxe edition of 'The Day Is My Enemy' – listen - NME". 9 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Public Enemy Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "Public Enemy Chart History (Hot Rap Songs)". Billboard.